Meet Our Honorees
Craig Della Valle, MD
The Rowland W Chang, MD MPH Award of Excellence
Craig Della Valle, MD is a native of New York and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. During his residency he spent a full year devoted to clinical and basic science research in the field of adult reconstructive surgery. Dr. Della Valle completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at Rush University Medical Center and Central DuPage Hospital.
He is presently the Aaron G. Rosenberg Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Section of Adult Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Della Valle is a busy clinician who specializes in primary and revision total joint arthroplasty. A respected researcher, he has more than 180 peer reviewed publications on topics including unicompartmental, primary and revision total knee arthroplasty as well as total hip arthroplasty, hip resurfacing and revision total hip arthroplasty.
Dr Della Valle is a member of The Hip Society, The Knee Society and The International Hip Society. He currently President for the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Member at Large for the Knee Society and Secretary of the Hip Society. He has also been a Board Member of the Arthritis Foundation for over 10 years.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Key to a Cure Youth Honoree
When Francesca was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Prior to the diagnosis she could not walk properly due to her left knee being so swollen and locked. Her knee swelled so bad she was unable to partake in any physical activity until she finally got her first diagnosis and steroid injections to reduce the swelling. She was first put on shots that were extremely painful for her, then infusions once a month, then different shots, and now another infusion once a month. The current medication seems to be working for Francesca, but it does mean a three-hour doctor appointment once a month.
Since Francesca’s diagnosis, Francesca and her family have worked hard to try and raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. They along with their friend Kelly, who also has arthritis, started a golf outing along with other fundraisers to find a cure. Through the Arthritis Foundation, Francesca was able to go to Camp JAM (Juvenile Arthritis and Me) and through camp, she was able to meet other kids with arthritis and make lifelong friends.
The Cirrincione Family supports Francesca and others like her in countless ways, by sharing her story, fundraising, and reaching out to families whose had a child recently diagnosed with arthritis. Their main goals are to encourage Francesca and others like her to keep battling through the many challenges they face, as well as finding a cure.
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.
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