MedStar Orthopaedics’ Darioush Nasseri, MD, Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor; Recognized as Pioneer in Field of Orthopaedics

Recognized as a pioneer in orthopaedics, Darioush Nasseri, MD has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by NECO.

August 13, 2014

Baltimore—(August 13, 2014)—Recognized as a pioneer in the field of orthopaedics, Darioush Nasseri, MD, MedStar Orthopaedics’ physician at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). Dr. Nasseri joins an elite group of medalists, including six United States Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

The award is presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic group while exemplifying freedom, liberty and compassion as part of their life’s work. Dr. Nasseri, a native of Iran, was recognized for his contribution to the field of orthopaedics, as a key developer of a technique for hip resurfacing with human osteochondral graft.

Published in the Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research in 1975, the technique, developed in Germany, replaced the traditional use of metal or plastic implants with viable human donor cartilage to resurface the hip joint. Dr. Nasseri was also involved in instrument design and participated in the first surgery to use the technique. He later traveled to the United States to demonstrate the technique at leading orthopaedics institutions across the country.

Today, Dr. Nasseri practices at MedStar Good Samaritan as a board-certified orthopaedic physician, fellowship-trained in joint replacement. With decades of experience, both in the United States and abroad, he has special interest in arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, adult reconstructive and revision total joint surgery, as well as cartilage restoration techniques.

Dr. Nasseri received the Ellis Island Medals of Honor award at a ceremony held on Ellis Island. Recognized by both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, he and the other recipients, joined by all branches of the United States Armed Forces, were read into the Congressional Record.

To learn more about the Ellis Island Medals of Honor award, click here.

About MedStar Orthopaedics

MedStar Orthopaedics provides a comprehensive array of non-surgical and surgical treatment alternatives, sports medicine and spine surgery services at MedStar hospitals in the Baltimore region. MedStar Orthopaedics is comprised of experts from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations. Visit for more information.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

About the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) was created on the conviction of its founders that the diversity of the American people is what makes this nation great. Its mission is to honor and preserve this diversity and to foster tolerance, respect and understanding among religious and ethnic groups.


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