Dr. William Oppenheim, professor of pediatric orthopaedics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has received the distinguished service award in orthopaedic surgery from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The academy promotes physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children and adolescents. Oppenheim was recognized for his contributions to the academy’s mission of excellence in patient care, research and teaching and received the award at the organization’s annual meeting in November.

Oppenheim joined UCLA in 1979 and is currently the director of the UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.