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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Wilmington University Team Physician, Dr. Michael Axe, Receives Prestigious AOSSM Honor

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - Newark, Del.

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Longtime Wilmington University team physician, Michael J. Axe, M.D., was presented with the 2012 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the America Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. earlier this summer.

The prestigious award is one of the highest awards presented by the AOSSM and given annually to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the world of sports medicine, which includes a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Dr. Axe is the 39th recipient of this distinguished award.

In addition to working in conjunction with the athletic training staff to assist the student-athletes first-hand at Wilmington University, Dr. Axe serves as the Director for the All Sports Clinic of Delaware at First State Orthopaedics, where he is also a founding partner. Dr. Axe also has many roles at the University of Delaware, including clinical professor, medical director for the University of Delaware Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program and staff member for the Center of Biomedical Engineering research. In addition, he is an active member of the teacher staff at the Medical Center of Delaware.

A member of the Wilmington University Athletics Hall of Fame, Dr. Axe has received numerous awards during his more than 30 years in orthopaedics. Most recently, he was awarded the James R. Andrews Award for Excellence in Baseball Sports Medicine in 2009; the President’s Award for the Medical Society of Delaware in 2008; the Rose Excellence in Research Award for best published paper in 2008; and Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Jack Hughston Sports Physician Award for the American Physical Therapy Association in 2007.

Dr. Axe received his bachelor of science in biology in 1975 from Bucknell University (also a member of the Bucknell University Athletics Hall of Fame) before earning his MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1979. He followed medical school with an internship at Thomas Jefferson University and his surgical residency in 1980 at the Medical Center of Delaware. Dr. Axe went on to do an orthopaedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh from 1981-1984 and continued with an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Georgia in 1984. He also went on to complete another orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle in 1985.

Dr. Axe has worked with numerous local high school, college, and professional teams as a medical director or consultant and enjoys serving and leading his community. He currently volunteers with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware.