Michael J. Axe, M.D., of First State Orthopedics and the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department, has been inducted as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association as an honorary member. The Association’s 404 voting members unanimously approved inviting Dr. Axe to join a very exclusive group of only 41 people so honored since 1936.
Only 18 physicians have been awarded honorary membership. Listed among them are polio scientists Albert Sabin, M.D., and Jonas Salk, M.D.; A.I. du Pont Children’s Hospital’s Albert Shands Jr., M.D., and Dr. Jacqueline Perry, one of the first women to be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a groundbreaking researcher in gait analysis; and President John F. Kennedy’s physician Janet Travell, M.D.
Dr. Axe’s other recent national recognitions include: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Mr. Sports Medicine 2012, the Jack C. Hughston Award for Contributions in Sports Physical Therapy, the James R. Andrews Award for Excellence in Baseball Research and the Stephen J. Rose Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Research.