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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 0

Bassett Faculty Teaching Award

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After 5 years of training at Duke, the chief residents come together to reflect upon the faculty that were most influential in their growth as Orthopaedic surgeons. Of the many who dedicate their time to education, one faculty member is selected by the chief residents to be recognized for their outstanding teaching abilities. The 2019 graduating class of chief residents selected Dr. Alison Toth as the recipient of the annual Bassett Faculty Teaching Award

There is no doubt that Dr. Toth is the epitome of dedication to Duke, to her patients and to resident education. As such, it is no wonder that she has been selected for an unprecedented second time with this distinction, having previously won the award in 2009.

Dr. Toth was raised in New Fairfield, Connecticut. An avid athlete, she matriculated at Yale University where she was a member of the varsity women's basketball team. Upon her graduation in 1990, Dr. Toth attended Duke University School of Medicine. She was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and was the valedictorian of her graduating medical class in 1994. From her experiences as an athlete she was naturally drawn to Orthopaedic Surgery and matched into the Duke residency program under the tutelage of Dr. William Hardaker. Dr. Toth was one of the only female surgery residents at Duke at that time, and many remembered her for her passion, her diligence and her grit.

Upon completion of her Duke Orthopaedic Surgery residency in 2000, she completed a sports medicine Orthopaedic fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY where she served as team physician for the New York Giants before returning on faculty at Duke. At the time of her return, Dr. Moorman, former director of sports medicine at Duke, said, “Alison is a superb physician and it was not hard to convince anyone to lure her back to Duke. Adding her to the staff upgrade[d] our entire program.”

Since returning to Duke, Dr Toth has become a national leader in Sports Medicine and a champion for women athletes both at Duke and across the US. She is a member of both the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). She has been voted one of the Best Doctors in North Carolina and Best Doctors in America for multiple consecutive years. She has also received multiple grants for her work on inflammatory arthritis and cartilage damage after ACL injury, as well as her work in leadership development. She has also been inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association.

Despite her numerous achievements, the Duke Orthopaedic residents recognize Dr Toth mostly for her outstanding dedication and passion for teaching and education. Jordan Liles, MD, a member of the Class of 2021, summarized the residents' sentiments: “Dr. Toth is a remarkable physician and mentor. She cares for her patients in a way that is rarely seen in medicine. From a resident standpoint, Dr. Toth not only teaches but shows us what it means to be an excellent, patient centered physician. Her work ethic, dedication to “doing the right thing”, and commitment to resident education is unmatched and we as a group are becoming better physicians and surgeons because we have had the opportunity to learn under her guidance.” Indeed, Dr. Toth represents the epitome of clinical and surgical excellence that all residents strive to emulate when caring for patients.

Duke Orthopaedics has a long, storied tradition of graduating excellent Orthopaedic residents, which is a reflection of the dedicated and passionate faculty. Dr. Toth has undoubtedly continued this tradition and the residents have greatly benefited from her own dedication and passion for Orthopaedics, Duke, and, most importantly, her patients. Congratulations to Dr. Toth on this great accomplishment!


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