Meet our Honorees
Dr. Christopher P. Kauffman is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Prior to joining Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics in January of 2013, Dr. Kauffman was in private practice in Lebanon, TN, after having previously practiced Spine Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma as a member of The Orthopaedic Group, LLC, in New Haven, CT. Dr. Kauffman has taught at a variety of educational institutions, including Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, the University of California at San Diego, and Yale University School of Medicine.
B.S., Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY
M.S., State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Spinal Surgery, University of California at San Diego
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Tennessee Medical Association
Molly is this year’s Bone Bash Adult Honoree. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was just ten years old. After walking with a pronounced limp and struggling with morning stiffness and childhood activities, her parents carted her around from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis for three years until they landed in the hands of the right pediatrician in Las Vegas, Nevada. At 10 years old she finally received a diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and was relieved to have a name for the pain that that had been so limiting and finally a treatment plan.
At the time there were few resources and no rheumatologist in the state of Nevada so Molly flew to San Diego Children’s Hospital for medical care. She was determined to live her life as normally as possible and spent much of her life avoiding her pain and much of her symptoms.
This disease has affected Molly’s family as well with her mom being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis a few years later and her younger sister Meghan was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, another auto-immune disease.
We all carried on as everything were normal. Molly went on to be a high school cheerleader, determined not to let the pain of arthritis hold her back. She went away to college at Miami University majoring in Speech Communications, learning to live with chronic pain and many hospitalizations and illnesses along the way, but as she entered adulthood, living with an auto- immune disease, while trying to manage a successful career has become more and more difficult, without asking for help and utilizing resources.
She had to learn there is strength in reaching out and has found a purpose in wanting to help others use their voice and find support wherever they can.
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