About

Established by the AOA in 2022 and announced by former Own the Bone Steering Committee Chair Kyle J. Jeray, MD, FAOA, the award seeks to recognize an outstanding clinician who captures Dr. Bunta’s selfless commitment to improving bone health care coordination and bone health management of orthopaedic patients through the Own the Bone initiative.  Specifically, nominated candidates for the award are noteworthy for exhibiting:

  • Dedication to the area of metabolic bone health
  • Desire to acquire bone health knowledge and expertise
  • Leadership in successfully advocating for and advancing secondary fracture prevention efforts at their institution
  • Commitment to patients above and beyond the standard of care

Each year, the awardee will be announced and recognized as an honorary invitee during the Own the Bone Symposium.

Nominate a colleague for the Andrew D. Bunta Own the Bone Clinician of the Year award.

Meet the 2023 Awardee - Laura Boineau, FNP

Laura Boineau, a nurse practitioner in the Prisma Health – Upstate Department of Orthopedic Surgery specializing in orthopedic trauma, has won the inaugural Andrew D. Bunta, MD Own the Bone Clinician of the Year award.

The award was announced at the virtual 2023 Own the Bone Symposium on June 8th and will be highlighted during the 2023 AOA Annual Meeting opening ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah this week.

The Andrew D. Bunta Clinician of the Year award honors a clinician who demonstrates exceptional expertise, leadership, volunteerism and commitment to the Own the Bone mission of improving bone health care.
Laura is well-recognized for her expertise in providing bone health/osteoporosis management for orthopaedic patients.

The AOA congratulated Laura, saying, “Nominated candidates for the award are recognized for exhibiting dedication to the area of metabolic bone health, desire to acquire bone health knowledge and expertise, leadership in successfully advocating for and advancing secondary fracture prevention efforts at their institution, and commitment to patients above and beyond the standard of care.”  Stephen Kates, MD, FAOA, Chair of the Own the Bone Steering Committee added: “The Own the Bone Steering Committee is delighted to recognize Laura Boineau as the recipient of the inaugural Andrew D. Bunta Clinician of the Year award.  Like Dr. Bunta, Laura is universally well-regarded for tirelessly advancing the patient care mission of Own the Bone, and for sharing her expertise to support the education of others. She is a very deserving awardee for this special AOA award.”

Our 2024 awardee will be announced during the Own the Bone Symposium.

Nominations for 2025

Nominations can be submitted by clinicians at enrolled Own the Bone institutions, and nominees must have a tenure of at least one year at their current institution at the time of their nomination.

Nominations for 2025 open on July 1, 2024.  The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2025.

Click here to submit a nomination.

The recipient of the Andrew D. Bunta Clinician of the Year award will be announced and recognized at the 2025 Own the Bone Symposium.