The Emerging Leader Award recognizes DOs who, through accomplishments and actions, motivate and inspire others to improve the profession and public health. By all accounts, Julieanne P. Sees, DO, exemplifies these ideals.
Dr. Sees is a Pediatric Neuro-Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director of the orthopedic, rehabilitation, and neurology inpatient unit at the prestigious Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, where she focuses on childhood neuromuscular orthopedic disorders. Brent R. King, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Nemours, considers Dr. Sees "a rising star and future leader in our organization."
Dr. Sees graduated from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing residency and two fellowships at Nemours. As one of the only DOs practicing in her field, she seizes opportunities to promote the osteopathic philosophy: "I find it very interesting that a lot of my MD colleagues and patients ask me about how medicine is changing to focus on the concept of treating the whole person. I always think, as DOs, that's just how we are."
Dr. Sees was the youngest person ever to receive Award of Fellow from the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) in 2016. She received the AOF Outstanding Resident of the Year Award in 2012. She holds two patents. She has served terms on the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons as its Resident Member, now on the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society as an Executive Board Member and on several AOA and AOAO committees.
Leadership comes organically to Dr. Sees. Starting in high school, she accepted leadership roles where she was a team player - whether as a student athlete or serving on student councils or volunteer committees. Each opportunity seemed to lead to the next, through medical school and into her residency and fellowship. But "I enjoy it," she says. "I would feel like I was not fulfilling part of my calling if I wasn't giving back to the profession and being an example for colleagues and community of what a DO should be."
A dedicated researcher and educator, she has published research at the state, national and international levels. She was recently selected as Pediatric Section Editor in Chief of The Orthopod, the AOAO journal. In addition, she is on teaching faculty at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, and Campbell University Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
George Zimmerman, DO, AOAO Past-President, calls Dr. Sees "an enthusiastic catalyst [and] exceptional young physician making a positive impact within our profession." She is extremely active outside of the osteopathic profession as well, helping to raise positive awareness for DOs everywhere."
The AOF is proud to recognize Julie Sees, DO, with the 2017 James M. Lally, DO, Emerging Leader Award.