Shepard Hurwitz, MD


Title: Professor
Company: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Shepard Hurwitz, MD, Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Hurwitz retired from active teaching in February of 2017, but still serves as an executive director of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a role he has held since 2008. He has been teaching since 1984, and his practice has specialized in the fractures and biomechanics of the foot and ankle. Dr. Hurwitz was recognized by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery for Outstanding Peer Review in 2016, and is the author and editor of “Arthritis and Arthoplasty: The Foot and Ankle: Expert Consult.” He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, among numerous accolades from the medical community.

The son of Paul A. and Beatrice T. Hurwitz in New York, New York, Dr. Hurwitz attended Columbia College, the oldest undergraduate college of Columbia University, to receive a BA, cum laude, followed by a MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976. He served with the U.S. Army Reserves to the rank of major from 1980 to 1992, and was placed in ready reserves until 1994. Dr. Hurwitz trained in residencies with the University of Virginia, the New York Orthopedic Hospital, and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was accepted to a fellowship with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Hurwitz entered teaching as an assistant professor of George Washington University in Washington DC in 1984, and later joined the University of Rochester as an associate from 1989 to 1994. He went on to the University of Virginia that year, and stayed until his retirement in 2017.

Among numerous roles, Dr. Hurwitz has been a consultant with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 1983 to 2001, and co-authored “Musculoskeletal Examination of the Foot and Ankle: Making the Complex Simple.” He has received a Resident Teaching Award from the George Washington University Medical Center, a Leadership Award Plaque from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Young Investigator’s Award from the American Diabetes Association in the Virginia chapter. In his free time, Dr. Hurwitz enjoys fishing, hunting, tennis, hiking, and travel. He is the proud father of Zoe and Leah, as well as the husband of Margetta Kristine Manser.

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