The Western Society of Engineers honored Richard A. Berger, MD, with the Washington Award, which is given to an engineer who has advanced the welfare of humankind.
According to a press release from the society, previous recipients of the award include Orville Wright, Henry Ford and Neil Armstrong.
“As a medical doctor, I’m fortunate to have the engineering background to make some real innovations in the way we look at joint replacement,” Berger said in the release.
Berger has a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and created a minimally invasive hip and knee joint replacement.
“Innovations like those made by Dr. Berger have not only made a tremendous impact on the fields of engineering and medicine but on the lives of thousands of his patients, so we are proud to grant him the 2020 Washington Award,” Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, CEO of Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd, said in the release. Burke has been chair of Chicagoland Engineers Week Steering Committee for the past 14 years.