2025 ISAKOS Congress in Munich, Germany

John J. Joyce Award

History of the Award

In 1981, Dr. John J. Joyce III offered a monetary prize for the best arthroscopy paper read by an orthopaedic surgery resident or fellow during the Scientific Program of the 4th Congress of the International Arthroscopy Association in Rio de Janeiro. With characteristic generosity, he endowed a prize to be awarded at every IAA Congress thereafter. John Joyce created the award with the intention to stimulate and reward younger members who contribute high-quality data and presentations. Thus, orthopaedic residents and fellows, with a study related to arthroscopic treatment are encouraged to apply for this award.

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Past Winners

2023 Boston, UNITED STATES

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First Place
Long Term Outcomes Of The Congruent Arc Latarjet Procedure Evaluation Of 96 Patients With A Minimum Follow Up Of 10 Years
Luciano Rossi, PhD, ARGENTINA

Second Place
Prospective Long-Term Outcomes of The Medial Collagen Meniscus Implant Versus Partial Medial Meniscectomy: A 20-Year Follow-Up Study
Gian Andrea Lucidi, MD, ITALY

2021 Global Congress

First Place
Quadriceps Tendon Autograft for Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction show comparable clinical, functional, and patient reported outcome measurements, but lower donor site morbidity compared with Hamstring Tendon Autograft: A Matched-Pairs Study with a Mean Follow-Up Of 6.5 Years
Armin Runer, MD, GERMANY

Second Place
Association Between Meniscal Allograft Tears and Early Surgical Meniscal Allograft Failure
Philipp W. Winkler, GERMANY

2019 Cancun, MEXICO

First Place
Absence of Ligament Progenitor Cells in the Pediatric Knee Anterolateral Complex

Second Place
Primary Stability of an Acromioclavicular Joint Repair Is Affected by the Type of Additional Reconstruction of the Acromioclavicular Capsule
Felix Dyrna, MD GERMANY

2017 Shanghai, CHINA

First Place
The Management of the Long Head of the Biceps in Rotator Cuff Repair: Prospective Cohort Study of High Versus Subpectoral Tenodesis
Edoardo Franceschetti, MD ITALY

Second Place
High Activity Level and Return to Sports Following Knee Osteotomy in Young Athletic Patients
Suzanne Witjes, MD IRELAND

2015 Lyon, FRANCE

First Place
A 20 Year Longitudinal Prospective Evaluation of Endoscopic ACL Reconstruction with Patellar Tendon Autograft
Simon M. Thompson, MBBS, BSc(Hon), MSc MD(Res), FRCS(Tr & Orth) AUSTRALIA

Second Place
Evaluation of Risk to the Suprascapular Nerve During Arthroscopic SLAP Repair: Is a Posterior Portal Safer?
Mark Sando, MD USA

2013 Toronto, CANADA

First Place
The Segond Fracture: Just an X-Ray Clue for a Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
Steven Claes, MD BELGIUM

Second Place
Pain-Related Cytokines in Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: A Role for Prognosis and Risk Factors for Arthritis?
Ariel Palanca, BS, MD USA

2011 Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

First Place
Vascular Safe Zones during Hip Arthroscopy
Frank McCormick, MD USA

Second Place
The Lateral Tibial Tunnel in Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: A Biomechanical Study of a New Technique
Hans Van Der Bracht, MD BELGIUM

2009 Osaka, JAPAN

First Place
Comparison of Open Versus Arthroscopic Fixation for Isolated PCL Tibial Bony Avulsions: A Prospective Randomized Study with Minimum 2 Year Follow‐Up
Dinshaw Noshir Pardiwala, MD INDIA

Second Place
Biomechanical Study and Preliminary Results for a Newly Developed Arthroscopic Coracoclavicular Ligament Reconstruction Using Tendon Graft

Third Place
Surgical Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus with a New One‐step Arthroscopic Procedure
Sandro Giannini, MD ITALY

2007 Florence, ITALY

First Place
Lower Extremity Neuromuscular Activation and Biomechanical Compensations Five Years Following ACL Reconstruction
John Nyland, MD USA

Second Place
Semitendinosus Tendon Regeneration After ACL Reconstruction
Toru Fukubayashi, MD Japan

Third Place
Does Double-Bundle PCL Reconstruction Really Provide Better Stability Than Single-Bundle Reconstruction? A Biomechanical Analysis
Alexandre Estavao Vamos Kokron, MD Brazil

2005 Hollywood, USA

First Place
Single versus Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Multi-stranded Hamstring Tendons
Nobuo Adachi, Mitsuo Ochi, Yuji Uchio, Junji Iwasa, Masataka Deie, Masakazu Kuriwaka, Yohei Ito, JAPAN (all authors)

Second Place
Free Soft-Tissue Allografts Show Delayed Revascularization and Restoration of Their Biomechanical Properties in Comparison to Autograft ACL Reconstructions
Sven Scheffler, Tanja Schulz, Frank Unterhauser, Andreas Weiler, GERMANY (all authors)

Third Place
Females Demonstrate Unsafe Landing Kinematics During Lateral Jump Landing Tasks Implicated in Noncontact ACL Injuries
Timothy Sell, Cheryl Ferris, John Abt, Yung-Shen Tsai, Joseph Brian Myers, Freddie Fu, Scott Lephart, USA (all authors)

2003 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

First Place
Intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid Supplementation Following Autogenous Osteochondral Grafting (Mosaicplasty) of the Knee
Anthony Miniaci, USA; Graham Tytherleigh-Strong, UNITED KINGDOM; Mark Hurtig, CANADA

First Place
Mechanical and Histological Analysis of the Chronically Relaxed ACL After Thermal Radio-Frequency Shrinkage in a Sheep Model
Sven U. Scheffler, Veronika Schoenfelder, Patrick Hunt, Heike Chwastek, Norbert Suedkamp & Andreas Weiler, GERMANY (all authors)

Third Place
Occult Osteochondral Lesions Associated with ACL Rupture: A 13 Year MRI Follow-up Study
David A. Parker, AUSTRALIA, Adrian J. Trivett, Lisa Thain, Alison Spouge, CANADA, Annunziato Amendola, USA & Peter J. Fowler, CANADA

2001 Montreux, SWITZERLAND

First Place
Second-Look Arthroscopy of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Grafts with Multistranded Hamstring Tendons
Yukiyoshi Toritsuka MD, PhD JAPAN

1997 Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Alfredo Panni, MD ITALY
John Bergfeld, MD USA


Evan Ekman, MD USA
Shaw Akizuki, MD JAPAN
Daniel Julio DeAntoni, MD ARGENTINA


Freddie Fu, MD USA
M. Mike Malek, MD USA
Mitsuo Ochi, MD JAPAN


Dieter Kohn, MD GERMANY
Paul Marks, MD CANADA
Mark Rodosky, MD USA


Philippe Neyret, MD FRANCE
Craig Morgan, MD USA
Konsei Shino, MD JAPAN


Dieter Kohn, MD GERMANY
Konsei Shino, MD JAPAN


Gregory Keene, MD AUSTRALIA
Darrel Ogilvie-Harris, MD CANADA


James Glick, MD USA
Darrel Ogilvie-Harris, MD CANADA
Terry Whipple, MD USA

Purpose of the Award

John Joyce created the award with the intention to stimulate and reward younger researchers who contribute high-quality data and presentations. Thus, orthopaedic residents and fellows, with a study related to arthroscopic treatment are encouraged to apply for this award.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the John J. Joyce Award, applicants must first submit an abstract related to arthroscopic treatment for the ISAKOS Congress followed by the online award application. Applicants are required to provide proof of residency or fellowship from the program director (i.e. PDF of signed letter), their curriculum vitae, and agree to provide a manuscript following Journal of ISAKOS criteria if selected as a finalist.

Abstracts and award applications must be submitted before September 10, 2024.

Review Process

All abstracts submitted for the John J. Joyce Award will be reviewed by members of the ISAKOS Program Committee. Four finalists will be chosen based upon the quality of the abstract and the data presented. The four finalists will be invited to submit a blinded and unblinded manuscript prior to the ISAKOS Congress and must follow the Journal of ISAKOS criteria by the deadline given. The finalists’ manuscripts will be judged using a 30 point scoring system based on the quality of the abstract (10 points), the concept originality and importance (10 points), and experimental design and execution (10 points).


Registration to the ISAKOS Congress will be waived for the four finalists. The first and second place winners will be announced at the ISAKOS Congress, and presented with a framed certificate and an honorarium. The first place presentation will receive US $2,000 with the second place presentation receiving US $1,500. Both first and second place manuscripts will be submitted for possible publication in Journal of ISAKOS.

Note: Individuals are only permitted to receive one award per Congress, per abstract. ISAKOS award recipients, if not already an ISAKOS Member, are required to become an ISAKOS Member prior to receiving their award. One year of Membership dues will waived.