August 4th, Dr. Lewis Zirkle was presented with the Sam Volpentest Leadership Award, recognizing the positive difference he has made in our community as well as around the world.

The Volpentest Leadership Award, also known as the “Sammy Award”, is presented annually at the Leadership Tri-Cities Community Reception, this year held at the Pasco Holiday Inn Express.  In honor of its namesake, Sam Volpentest,  the award is intended to recognize individuals that have demonstrated a history of making a positive difference, exemplary leadership capabilities, and a commitment to the Tri-Cities area.

Leadership Tri-Cities, developed in 1995, is an educational program that provides a forum to examine issues that face our region.  The curriculum provides valuable experiences and tools that develop knowledgeable leaders to serve our community with continued learning opportunities through the Alumni Association.  Nine courses are offered throughout the year, including the Medical and Health Services course, which is annually held at the SIGN facility.

Dr. Zirkle will also be appearing at the Edinburgh International Trauma Symposium as the 2011 Vanderpool Lecturer.  This well-established annual meeting updates senior orthopaedic surgeons in new trauma philosophies and techniques.  This year’s topics include the treatment of fractures around the elbow as well as the management of elbow instability and associated soft tissue lesions.  In addition, the role of minimally invasive plating and less common indications for intramedullary nailing will be discussed, as will fractures of the axial skeleton in the elderly, ankle fractures and soft tissue injuries around the hindfoot.

The 2011 Vanderpool Lecture takes place at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 18th.  Dr. Zirkle, SIGN Founder, will tell how his organization has supported orthopaedic surgery and helped trauma patients in developing countries. He will also discuss how he has developed intramedullary nails which can be used without a C-arm and how he continues to support the developing world and regularly assists with the management of casualties in disaster areas and war zones including Haiti and Afganistan.

To receive more information on Leadership Tri-Cities click here.  To read more about the Edinburgh International Trauma Symposium, please visit their website.


  1. Congratulations Dr. Zirkle!

    Comment by giosabal on August 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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