Longtime University of Tulsa team physician Dr. George S. Mauerman of the Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center received an honorary membership into the National Athletic Trainers Association on June 25 at the group’s convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Honorary membership is awarded to individuals who have shown profound interest in and have made significant contributions to the profession of athletic training. These persons display a dedication to advancing, promoting and championing the efforts of the NATA and its members.
Since 1970, Mauerman has dedicated himself to TU student-athletes as team physician, using his role to bring exceptional medical and moral support to the program while setting a model standard for the practice of sports medicine. He also serves as a teacher in the College of Health Sciences’ athletic training program.
Mauerman graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1959 then completed his medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1967 at March Air Base in California. He received the Surgeon General Award upon discharge and returned to New York to complete his internship and general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
Mauerman completed an orthopedic residency at the prestigious Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. He arrived in Tulsa in 1970 after being hired by the founding members of the Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center.
During his career, Mauerman has amassed many professional distinctions and awards. He was a founding member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and has been inducted into the halls of fame of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association (2000), Saint Francis Health System (2004) and Holland Hall High School (2007). He was awarded the Thomas Brady Award in 2000 by the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. In 2004, he received the J. Paschal Twyman Award from TU’s Alumni Association and the Tulsa World J.V. Haney Service Award. In 2012, he was honored with the Saint Francis Distinguished Physician Award.
He received the ultimate honor in April 2013 when the university’s sports medicine facility was named the George S. Mauerman Sports Medicine Center.