September 2016

AOPA honors Watson for O&P lifework

By Emily Delzell

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) honored Thomas Watson, CP, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly, held September 8-11 in Boston, MA.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor in the O&P profession, and Tom Watson was a natural choice. He has run a successful business, while serving his community through his civic engagement. His many years of effective advocacy for the O&P community should be appreciated by all of us,” said AOPA President James Campbell, PhD, CO, FAAOP.

Watson and his wife Barbara own Tom Watson’s Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab, which has locations in Owensboro and Evansville, KY. He is a past president of AOPA and has served on its Government Relations Committee. He works with the AOPA Veteran’s Affairs committee, the O&P political action committee, and is a grass-roots lobbyist who participates in the annual AOPA Policy Forum and educates local lawmakers on O&P year round.

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