AOPA Announces Recipient of Inaugural Professor Hans Georg Näder Digital O&P Care Award

Alexandria, VA (October 19, 2022) – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the first Professor Hans Georg Näder Digital O&P Care Award, David Boone, PhD, MPH.

The Award was established this year by a gift from Ottobock Healthcare in honor of Professor Hans Georg Näder and his many contributions to the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics worldwide. The purpose is to prepare the O&P profession for the future as digital care and innovations in technology continue to lead the direction of patient care.  It was presented to Dr. Boone on Friday, September 30 in conjunction with the 2022 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio.

AOPA’s Digital O&P Care Workgroup selected Dr. Boone based on the magnitude of his work in the O&P digital care space as an innovator, developer, and researcher over the last 40 years.

“Dr. Boone has spend decades contributing to research in the digital space He has been involved with CAD development, Microprocessor component development, outcomes data collection, management, and much more. On behalf of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, I am proud to announce that Dr. Boone is the first recipient of the Professor Hans Georg Näder Digital O&P Care Award for his numerous contributions to improvements in digital clinical care for the patients our profession serves,” said David McGill, President, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association.

About the award, Professor Näder commented, “We have partnered with AOPA to create this award to recognize the importance of advancing the digitalization of the O&P industry through research, education, technology, and treatment solutions. Ottobock is committed to bringing innovation to people through partnerships like this one. Technology that serves people is one of our highest ambitions. We are proud to be able to honor those who also believe in the importance of digital O&P care.”

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About the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA): A trusted partner, advocating for and serving the orthotic and prosthetic community, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) fosters relationships with decision makers, provides education, supports research, and advances equality to strengthen the orthotic and prosthetic profession and improve the lives of its patients. Since 1917, AOPA has been the largest non-profit organization consisting of more than 2,000 patient care facilities and suppliers that together manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and provide clinical care for patients using orthopedic braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). Each and every day, AOPA and its members strive for a world where orthotic and prosthetic care transforms lives.