Prosthetics and Orthotics Faculty Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts in Peru
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Prosthetics and Orthotics Faculty Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts in Peru

February 3, 2015

The 2015 Huysman Trophy was awarded by Hanger Clinic to Al Maciunas, Paul Armstrong, Abbey Downing, Steve Charry and Taber Hammond in recognition of their humanitarian efforts to bring prosthetic care to underserved people of Lima, Peru. Armstrong and Downing are adjuncts in the University of Hartford’s master’s program in prosthetics and orthotics (MSPO), and Steve Charry and Tabor Hammond are graduates of the first class of the program.

Dennis J. Huysman, Regional Vice President of Hanger Clinic, said of the awardees, “Their work, dedication and commitment clearly embodies Hanger's vision of empowering human potential.”

The awardees have led a full-scale prosthetic operation yearly to Peru, enabling over 50 underserved patients to receive prosthetic devices in a week's time. The clinical team includes two of the University’s MSPO students and two students in the University’s doctoral program in physical therapy.

Paul Armstrong created this video of images from the 2014 trip.

In addition to the Huysman Trophy, the group received a donation to offset costs of the 2015 Peru trip, which took place February 21 to 28, 2015.