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Published on June 21, 2013

Delaware County Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Nicholas A. DiNubile, M.D., Receives Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress ‘Torg’ Award

Drexel Hill, Pa.Nicholas A. DiNubile, M.D., chief of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, was chosen by his peers to receive the “Joe Torg” award at the 14th Annual Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress on June 14 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Nicholas DiNubile, M.D.

Nicholas DiNubile, M.D.

The Torg award is named for sports medicine pioneer Joseph S. Torg, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Temple University Hospital, whose epidemiologic research and other contributions over the past 40-plus years have been credited with saving or improving the lives of countless athletes. The Torg award each year honors an orthopedic surgeon in the greater Philadelphia area who has devoted his or her career to the care of athletes, who has participated in the educational process, and who has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of orthopedics.

“It is a tremendous honor to be acknowledged by my peers and to receive what is the equivalent to a Hall of Fame nomination,” says DiNubile. "The Philadelphia sports medicine community is extremely talented, and it is very special to be recognized by this group."

The award is especially heartfelt because of DiNubile’s personal connection to Torg, who was his mentor when DiNubile was a resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1970s. He says that this experience at Penn profoundly influenced his decision to pursue sports medicine. “I fell in love with it,” DiNubile says. “It’s a real honor to receive an award with Joe Torg’s name on it. He is one of the founding fathers in the field of sports medicine.”

Over the years, DiNubile has achieved national acclaim in a number of high-profile roles, including serving as Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (including eight years during the first Bush Administration with Arnold Schwarzenegger as chairman). He also enjoys a strong presence in Philadelphia, where he has served as orthopedic consultant to the

Philadelphia 76ers and the Pennsylvania Ballet and has, over the years, cared for members of every Philadelphia professional sports team as well as Olympic athletes. He is executive editor of the prestigious Physician and Sportsmedicine journal.

Within the local Philadelphia community, DiNubile is perhaps most widely known for his efforts to keep physical education and fitness in the curriculum of the Philadelphia public school system.  For his volunteer work in this area, DiNubile, who is a graduate of Philadelphia Central High School, received the Honor Graduate Award. Also, DiNubile is a recipient of the Torch Award, which recognized his work with at-risk inner-city children in Philadelphia, and he was recently inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.

In his private practice with Premier Orthopaedics, located in Havertown, DiNubile focuses his clinical and surgical work on disorders of the knee, with specific interests in arthroscopic knee surgery, cartilage regeneration and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the best-selling author of the FrameWork series of health and wellness books and is executive producer and host of the award-winning national PBS television special, “Your Body's FrameWork.” DiNubile resides in Haverford.

To learn more about Delaware County Memorial Hospital or the Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit www.crozerkeystone.org or call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).

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