Lawrence B. Bone, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and a highly respected surgeon at the Erie County Medical Center, received the 2013 Achievement in Health Care Award on February 28, 2013 from D’Youville College. The college held its 18th Annual Achievement in Health Care Awards Dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew, New York.
Dr. Bone is the Chief of Orthopaedics of the 865th Combat Support Hospital at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. He was accepted into the military under an age waiver for areas of critical need, and despite his family and professional responsibilities, makes time to go to war zones and treat our combat soldiers. His son Christian suffered a severe combat wound in Iraq and by serving, he said, “I will have the chance to return the favor of caring for the wounded” just as his son was cared for by a military orthopaedic surgeon in Baghdad during the Iraq War. “It’s a chance for me to help someone else’s son.”
He volunteered to serve as a trauma surgeon in Afghanistan to treat injured military personnel, and he returns to the war zone this March for another twelve month assignment.
Dr. Bone is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University at Buffalo. He has completed the military Combat Casualty Care Course, the Combat Extremity Surgical Course and the Officer Leadership Course. Dr. Bone continues as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and a full professor at the University with no plans for retirement.
The Achievement in Health Care Award was presented to Dr. Bone for his dedicated service, unselfish willingness to help others in the face of danger, his ability to use his gifts and talents to benefit the injured, and his outstanding achievements and care of patients and soldiers.
Dr. Bone specializes in trauma surgery, and is the President & Chairman of UB Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.