Dr. Ranjan Gupta, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Irvine, was selected by the American Orthopaedic Association for the 2013 American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship.
The ABC Fellowship - which is the oldest one provided by the American Orthopaedic Association - is a prestigious, highly competitive and sought-after honor awarded to leaders in the field of orthopedic surgery. ABC Fellows are chosen every two years and travel to various academic institutions in the United Kingdom and South Africa. They present their research and act as international ambassadors for the AOA as they learn from their overseas colleagues about healthcare and research in their host countries.
In 1948, Dr. Robert I. Harris of Toronto, Canada, developed the ABC Traveling Fellowship during his year as president of the AOA. Thirteen orthopedic surgeons from Great Britain visited centers in North America in a time of post-World War II difficulties. From there, the ABC grew, as 15 orthopedic surgeons from the U.S. and Canada visited Great Britain in 1949. In 1983, South Africa joined the ABC tour, and Australia and New Zealand were added in 1985.
Gupta is the first UC Irvine faculty member to be chosen an ABC Traveling Fellow. He has received numerous awards, including the NIH Career Development Award from the NINDS (2000), the Marshall Urist Award from the Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons (2005), the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery/Orthopaedic Research Society (2006) and the Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2008).