American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

ABOS Executive Director Receives Two Recognitions

Posted On: November 6, 2023

Chapel Hill, NC— David F. Martin, MD, Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) received two recognitions at the recent North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) Annual Meeting.

Dr. Martin received the 2023 NCOA Honored Surgeon Award which is presented yearly to a North Carolina orthopaedic surgeon who has been notably influential in the promotion of the highest standards of orthopaedic care and has distinguished himself/herself among his/her peers for dedication to quality patient care and to the medical profession. The award has been presented since 1986 to some of the finest orthopaedic surgeons to ever practice in the state.

In addition to his leadership role at the ABOS, Dr. Martin is also on faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performs orthopaedic surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Through the efforts of one of his former residents, W. Dickson Schaefer, MD, Wake Forest announced the establishment of the David F. Martin, MD, Endowed Othopaedic Resident Leadership Award, to be given to a deserving Wake Forest Orthopaedic Resident each year. As an endowed recognition, it will continue to honor Dr. Martin for many years to come.

“These types of awards do not happen in a vacuum,” said Martin. “This is a team sport and I share these recognitions with my colleagues for their dedication and support.”

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at


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