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The Orthopedic Institute for Children™ 2018 Stand For Kids Gala

Actress Debby Ryan
Written by Jane Emery

The Orthopedic Institute for Children™ (OIC) honored the people and organizations who help advance the field of pediatric orthopedics at the 2018 Stand for Kids Gala. This year, Harry McKellop, Ph.D., the Automobile Club of Southern California and UCLA were recognized for the role they play in research and patient care.

With locations in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Calexico, Orthopedic Institute for Children (OIC) provides treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting children. OIC has built an international reputation for superior patient care, and for leading the way in medical education and research. Each year OIC cares for 70,000 patients, including children who are uninsured or underinsured.

The master of ceremonies for this year’s Stand for Kids Gala was Debby Ryan. A rising star in the entertainment industry, Ryan is best known for her role as the title character on the television series “Jessie” as well as roles in “Cover Versions” and “Insatiable”.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan

Matthew Morrison headlined the OIC’s Gala stage. Morrison is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-nominated actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter who has starred in the Broadway production of Hairspray and the hit television show “Glee“.

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

Gala attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Harry McKellop, Ph.D. as he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given in recognition of his role in improving the performance of polyethylene in orthopedic implants, which has resulted in 12 patents for methods of reducing polyethylene wear. Throughout his 30 plus year career, McKellop has made an impact not only on the lives of the patients who benefit from his research but also the doctors and students who have worked alongside him.

The Automobile Club of Southern California received the Corporate Pinnacle Award, in honor of its longstanding commitment to OIC and its patients. For the past 40 years, the Auto Club has been a key supporter of OIC’s mission.

To mark the 20-year anniversary of the fruitful alliance between OIC and UCLA, the university was presented with the Power of Partnership Award. The synergy created by this important partnership has contributed to crucial breakthroughs in orthopedic care, surgery, and the field of musculoskeletal medicine. This one of a kind alliance has allowed scientists and educators to collaborate on new theories and therapy options that improve outcomes for pediatric orthopedic patients.

Honorary committee members for OIC’s 2018 Stand for Kids Gala were Ty & Holly Burrell, Fred & Katie Cromer, Henri & Jennifer Courpron, Jonathan Davis, Jr., Stuart & Jenny Douglas, Leonard & Rachael Feder, America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams, Heather Freedman, James Gallagher, Kathryn Gallagher, Peter Gallagher & Paula Harwood, Christopher Gorham, Hill Harper, Anjelah Johnson & Manwell Reyes, Ana Ortiz & Noah Lebenzon, Anthony A Scaduto, M.D., Jason Silletti, Myriam Silva, M.D., Mauricio Silva, M.D.

More About Orthopedic Institute for Children

Orthopedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, OIC advances pediatric orthopedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education, and research. Locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic disorders and injuries. The same world-renowned care that OIC makes available to privately insured patients, is also made available to kids who are underinsured or have no insurance at all.

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