ASES Foundation

Founders' Legacy Fund

To pay tribute to and honor the individuals that had the wisdom and foresight to create the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the ASES Foundation (ASESF).

Goals of Funding

To pay tribute to and honor the individuals that had the wisdom and foresight to create the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the ASES Foundation (ASESF) has established the Founders’ Legacy Fund. The goal of this fund is to support the mission of the ASESF; “to foster scientific advances and enhance the study of shoulder and elbow surgery.” To that end, the purpose is to sponsor research, teaching, and patient centered initiatives. The “Founders’ Legacy Fund” will be an umbrella fund consisting of separate sub funds, each one named to honor one of our founding members. See list »

Each fund will have the following criteria:

  1. Funds are perpetual, non-restricted endowments and only the interest will be spent
  2. Allocations will be at the discretion of the ASESF and may be used for:
    1. Education
    2. Research
    3. Patient improvement initiatives
  3. Allocations will be recognized as coming from the appropriate named sub-fund
  4. The ASESF may provide allocations from the combination of multiple sub funds
  5. Donations will be accepted from any source, including ASES members, patients, friends and family, or other organizations.

Contributions to this fund will support the mission of the ASES and further the field of shoulder and elbow surgery while also honoring those that established our great society.

Founders Legacy Fund

To honor our founders and give a legacy endowment in perpetuity

Anthony G. Gristina, MD

Dr. Anthony Gristina joined the faculty at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (BGSM) in 1971 as Professor and Chairman in the Section of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Gristina’s work specialized in reconstructive surgeries, infections associated with surgery, burns, and the use of artificial limbs and organs. Dr. Gristina left BGSM in 1989 and went to Washington, D.C., to establish the Medical Sciences Research Institute. He was also a consultant in Washington to the National Institutes of Health and the Federal and Drug Administration. He died in 1998 at the age of 66.

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Frank W. Jobe, MD

Past President of ASES: 1984-1985 Dr. Frank Jobe was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and at the age of 18 joined the US Army and served in World War II from 1943-1946. He received his Medical Degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, in 1956 and completed his Internship and orthopaedic residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital.

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Anthony F. DePalma, MD

Dr. Anthony DePalma was born in Philadelphia in 1904, the son of immigrants from Alberona province of Foggia, Italy. He attended the University of Maryland for his premedical education, then Jefferson Medical College, from which he graduated in 1929. He then served a two-year internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1931, he obtained a position as assistant surgeon at the Coaldale State Hospital, in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, a mining town. He became attracted to orthopaedics and in the autumn of 1932, he was appointed as a preceptor at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Hospital, an extension of the New York Orthopaedic Hospital. In 1939, he acquired Board certification and was appointed to the NJOH staff.

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Tom R. Norris, MD

Dr. Tom Norris is a shoulder surgeon who developed an interest in shoulder arthroplasty from his time with Dr. Charles Neer. Both were born in Oklahoma, but after Dr. Norris lost his parents to a small plane accident at an early age he was raised in Texas by an uncle.

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Louis U. Bigliani, MD

Dr. Louis Bigliani spent three months as a fourth-year medical student with Dr. Charles S. Neer, II, and that experience motivated his career long interest in shoulder surgery. In 1977, Dr. Bigliani helped Dr. Neer found the Columbia Shoulder Clinic Fellowship and Service at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. After this fellowship, Dr. Bigliani joined the attending staff at Columbia and was Chief of the Shoulder Service from 1990 to 2013.

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Fundraising Efforts

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What has the ASES meant to you and your career? Why do you think it is important to contribute to the ASESF?

Our founding members describe the role of the ASES as fundamental in shaping their careers. Donations to the Foundation will facilitate research, education, and support critical infrastructure. Explore these links to hear more from some of our legacy founders.

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