Prestigious Award Presented to Dr. James V. Luck, Jr.

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2013 - Former president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (LAOH) Dr. James V. Luck, Jr., who now serves as the chief of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award from the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). The award recognized his work as a leading healthcare professional in the global field of hemophilia.

"I am honored to receive this award. I find it gratifying to be able to improve the lives of patients as my life's work," said Dr. Luck.

The Pietrogrande Prize is named in honor of Dr. Vincenzo Pietrogrande, a leading orthopedic surgeon and director of the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics at the University of Milan, Italy. The prize is presented annually to one winner, at the WFH Musculoskeletal Congress or WFH World Congress.

This year, Dr. Luck won the award for his commitment to patient care, research and education.

When asked what he was going to do next in his life, Dr. Luck said, "I am going to continue to work on hemophilia. My research right now is focused on arthrofibrosis. This condition, in which an excess of scar tissue forms within and around a joint following an injury or as the result of trauma, leads to painful and restricted motion. Patients with hemophilia are the most prone to it, and it is also seen in pediatric orthopaedic conditions and trauma and fracture patients."

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In partnership with UCLA Health System and jointly funded by LAOH and UCLA, the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center, located on the UCLA Westwood campus, was constructed in 2007 and the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital opened in January 2012, greatly expanding LAOH’s research efforts, medical education programs and pediatric orthopaedic care. With treatment and research locations across Southern California, LAOH is uniquely positioned as a leader in treating the full spectrum of orthopaedic needs. For more information about LAOH, visit:

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