Tom MacDonell Scholarship Fund

In 2007 the MHE Coalition established an annual educational grant to provide orthopedic residents and fellows the opportunity to attend the Annual Baltimore Limb Deformity Course to learn advanced techniques that will help MHE patients and others suffering from limb deformities.  Grant recipients are selected by the course chairs, and we have received letters telling us how helpful the course was in teaching the planning of deformity correction treatments as well as hands-on training in specific procedures. 

On December 24, 2012, Tom MacDonell, husband of our beloved treasurer, Donna, lost his brave battle against cancer. Tom was one of our first members and one of our biggest supporters, and in his memory we have renamed this program The Tom MacDonell MHE Scholarship Fund.  As of 2015 we had provided scholarships to 16 orthopaedic residents, as well as partial scholarships. Donations made in memory of Tom and others have helped to fund this important program.  


 The 2016 recipient of this scholarship is Matthew Best, MD, of the University of Maryland.  Dr. Best sent us the following note:

"Due to the generosity of the MHE Coalition, I am provided with the opportunity to attend the Baltimore Limb Deformity Course this year. As an orthopedic surgeon in training, I am learning new surgical techniques everyday that will benefit my future patients. This course will provide me with knowledge of different limb deformities as well as preoperative planning and advanced surgical techniques for corrective treatments for these patients. A highlight of the course, is the extensive hands-on training we receive from top orthopedic surgeons in the field. My focus during the course will be on pediatric deformity, which provides valuable understanding of the management of patients with MHE. I am grateful to the MHE Coalition for providing me with the opportunity to attend this course and look forward to developing new skills that will allow me to better treat patients throughout my career."

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