Published on 7/21/2021

The AANA community mourns the passing of Kenneth E. DeHaven, M.D. who will be remembered as a pioneer of arthroscopy and a distinguished leader in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine. Graduating from Dartmouth College in 1961, Dr. DeHaven went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMS), graduating Cum Laude, from Dartmouth Medical School in 1963, followed by his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1965.

Dr. DeHaven completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1972 after serving as a medical officer in the US Navy from 1967-69. As the field of orthopaedic sports medicine began to emerge in the 1970s, Dr. DeHaven was one of the first surgeons to utilize arthroscopy to treat injuries rather than just to diagnose them, and the field rapidly took off following his initial work. Under Dr. DeHaven’s AANA presidency, an affiliation was established between AANA and the Medical Simulation Foundation that ultimately led to the creation of the first psychomotor skills courses in 1987, laying the groundwork for today’s lab course offerings.

In addition to serving as AANA’s President from 1986-87, Dr. DeHaven served presidential terms for other professional organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the International Society of the Knee (which has since merged into the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, ISAKOS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the Bay Area Knee Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, the University of Rochester’s Sports Hall of Fame (Team Physician) Award in 2008 and Cleveland Clinic’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 2010. Dr. DeHaven’s contributions to arthroscopic surgery are his legacy as the field continues to evolve, and AANA is privileged to have grown under his leadership.

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