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SEATTLE - (Oct. 26, 2010) - Orthopedic surgeon Tom Green, MD, received the 2010 James Tate Mason Award at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The award recognizes Green's more than 35 years of outstanding work and Photo: Tom Green, MDprofessional commitment to Virginia Mason and public service.

"He really was ahead of his time," said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. "Tom brought the newest technology and techniques to Virginia Mason, and began to teach residents ‘The Virginia Mason Way' to do total hip and knee replacements. As a result, Virginia Mason is recognized for excellence in joint replacement."

In January, Green accompanied a medical team deployed to Haiti after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. About 80 percent of the more than 100,000 injured survivors suffered serious fractures, crushed bones and other complex orthopedic injuries. In addition to being a full-time surgeon treating scores of patients, Green doubled as a floor cleaner and patient transporter to keep the hospital functioning with very limited staff.

Green's influence has extended far beyond his clinical practice, including through his involvement in the support of orphaned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Green also sits on the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission and is actively involved in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The James Tate Mason Award recipient is nominated by his or her peers. Recipients must be outstanding, exemplifying exceptional professional commitment and competency. An award committee makes the final selection among qualified candidates based on the person's professional competence, patient service, teamwork, peer recognition, personal values and leadership.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.org or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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