Alfred R. Shands Jr., MD
Alfred R. Shands Jr., MD was the first Medical Director of what was then known as the Alfred I. duPont Institute, a 60-bed hospital for children with orthopedic problems located in Wilmington, DE. A prominent physician from Duke University Medical School, Dr. Shands was the author of Handbook of Orthopaedics and wrote 384 publications. He was the President and founder of the Orthopaedic Education and Research Foundation.
Dr. Shands received many awards and significant recognition during his long career. The American Orthopaedic Association instituted the annual Alfred R. Shands Jr. Lectureship and The University of Virginia established the Alfred R. Shands Professorship in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Shands built internationally renowned programs in pediatric orthopedic hospitalization, orthopedic surgery, education, and research, as well as post-graduate studies. He trained scores of surgeons who later became giants in the field of orthopedics, serving the Alfred I. duPont Institute with distinction for more than three decades. Dr. Shands died in 1981.