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To those of us who trained in the Duke program, the ultimate example of the team physician has always been Dr. Frank H. Bassett III. Dr. Bassett played for Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Kentucky before being drafted into the military and serving in the Korean conflict. He was the first infantry soldier to try out the new body armor and this ultimately saved his life when he was shot but sustained only bruises rather than a through and through gunshot wound that would have occurred without the protective body armor. He was awarded the Purple Heart for this incident. He subsequently did his training at Duke under Lenox Baker and became the head team physician at Duke University in 1966. Dr. Bassett cared for the athletic teams at Duke for over 30 years and was the epitome of the true team physician (Fig. 1-5). In his honor, the Bassett Society has been created to provide scholarship support for Duke lettermen who enter medical and dental school.

In addition to his role as a professor in orthopedics, he was also a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy. Many of his research papers focused on identification of new structures and a further delineation of the pathoanatomy of orthopedic entities. Dr. Bassett has also served as a mentor for many physicians who have pursued careers in sports medicine. He has been the "godfather" for the AOSSM Traveling Fellowship and has received many research honors including the O'Donoghue Award. He has been president of the AOSSM and has been

Figure 1-5 Dr. Frank H. Bassett III (right center [with hat]), in his familiar surroundings on the sidelines of a Duke football game. He is standing by Dr. William E. Garrett, Jr., at the time a Duke orthopedic resident. Dr. Garrett is immediate past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has a career in the care of collegiate, Olympic, and professional soccer athletes.

Figure 1-5 Dr. Frank H. Bassett III (right center [with hat]), in his familiar surroundings on the sidelines of a Duke football game. He is standing by Dr. William E. Garrett, Jr., at the time a Duke orthopedic resident. Dr. Garrett is immediate past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has a career in the care of collegiate, Olympic, and professional soccer athletes.

honored as Mr. Sports Medicine and also named to the AOSSM Hall of Fame.

Dr. Bassett's greatest contributions have been in caring for the athletes and mentoring the next generation of sports medicine physicians. He has been particularly innovative in furthering the art of sideline and training room management of the athlete. His love for Duke University has more recently placed him in a position to successfully build endowment support for the athletic department and a considerable upgrade to the facilities. He has been one of the favorites among the coaches to assist in recruiting athletes, particularly those interested in a career in medicine (see Fig. 1-5).

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