The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Robert Cady to its board of directors. Dr. Cady, an internationally known orthopedic surgeon, earned his AB from Hamilton College in 1967 and his MD from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, in 1971. Now semi-retired, Dr. Cady has received awards for his humanitarian work, particularly in the treatment of children in underdeveloped countries.
After an internship at the University of Oregon, orthopedic residency at Upstate, and pediatric orthopedic fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Cady returned to Upstate in 1979 to join the department of orthopedic surgery. He spent most of his career there, developing the section of pediatric orthopedics. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. Since his retirement in 2009 he has been an Advisory Council Member of the Global Clubfoot Initiative, an organization dedicated to developing clubfoot treatment programs in countries with limited resources. He has worked extensively in Haiti where there are now four clinics devoted to the treatment of infants born with clubfoot.
AHI board member James Schoff, a 1968 graduate of Hamilton College, called the unanimous election of Dr. Cady a wonderful choice. He is “an accomplished alumnus and strong supporter of the Hamilton we knew in the sixties with Digger Graves, Sid Wertimer, Winton Tolles and other wonderful professors and role models.” “I’ve known Bob since grade school,” added AHI board member Bill Hunnicutt. “He is one of the finest people I’ve ever met. Bob has always been a leader. In fact, he turned down the presidency of our college fraternity (DKE) because his pre-med studies required too much of his time. He was an excellent student-athlete who played end for Hamilton football, and he later became one of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons specializing in children with clubfoot. Since retiring from practice, Bob has developed a passion for American history. His focus is the American revolution and Civil War period. Bob is a person of the highest character and will be an outstanding contributor to AHI.”
AHI President Robert Paquette called Dr. Cady a “splendid addition.” He made a sort of pilgrimage to AHI several years ago to see what we were all about. “Doug Ambrose and I had a wide-ranging discussion with him that covered education, medicine, Alexander Hamilton, the Haitian Revolution, abolitionism, and professional football. I thought to myself, what an impressive product of a traditional liberal arts education!” Dr. Cady followed up his visit by attending several AHI events and programs. “I was given the task of organizing our 50th reunion at Hamilton College,” Dr. Cady noted, “and asked Bob Paquette and Doug Ambrose to give presentations. . . which were highlights of our reunion.”
Dr. Cady has served on the Board of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations including the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club, Camp Dudley, and United Cerebral Palsy of Syracuse. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pediatric Annals and served on the Executive Committee of the Orthopedic Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a current member of the Advisory Board of Miracle Feet. Dr. Cady was a Captain and flight surgeon for the 5th Bomb Wing of the USAF stationed in Minot, ND from 1972 to 1974. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Orthopedic Section in 2003, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Enable (United Cerebral Palsy Syracuse) in 2009, and the Humanitarian Award from Upstate Medical University in 2016. He resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Linda. Together they received the Presidents Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service from Upstate Medical University in 2013.
Welcome aboard, Dr. Robert Cady!