Hawaii Orthopaedic & Performance Education (HOPE) began in honor of Dr. Allen B. Richardson, former Program Director of the University of Hawaii Integrated Orthopaedic Residency Program and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

HOPE is under the leadership of Dr. S. Nicholas (Nick) Crawford, Sports Orthopaedic Surgeon at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Crawford began HOPE a couple of years ago in Hawaii. Those that attend include doctors, nurses, physician assistants, residents/fellows, physical therapists and athletic trainers. This meeting has been successful in bringing practitioners passionate about taking care of athletes together in one room. The meeting is pure in its mission: to educate and provide an environment for peer-to-peer relationships to develop. This meeting takes place once every four months.

Dr. Crawford trained at the UH Orthopaedic Residency Program just after Dr. Richardson’s passing and did not have the pleasure of meeting him.  Dr. Richardson’s legacy as a caring, knowledgeable leader and surgeon is still very well known, and this meeting continues to shed a favorable light on his career. Dr. Crawford has been involved with Hawaii athletics at the collegiate and youth level in many ways. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Reno and his passion for sports continues. His hope is for Dr. Richardson’s legacy to continue positively. He benefited directly from his international relationships and legacy when he trained in sports medicine and continues to benefit while currently serving as a volunteer physician with the U.S. Ski Team and other sports medicine activities nationally. He is happy to continue with this meeting named in Dr. Richardson’s honor.

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