Considered the world authority on gait analysis, Dr. Jacquelin Perry was honored throughout her illustrious 60-year career with a multitude of awards and recognitions for her distinguishing contributions to patients and the field of orthopedic surgery. She always had a passion for improving the function of her patients.
This was undoubtedly influenced by her early career as a physical therapist and then as an orthopedic resident exposed to pioneering gait research being conducted in the Biomechanics Laboratory at UC San Francisco in the late 1940s and 1950s under the direction of Dr. Verne Inman.
Dr. Perry received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career. In 1959, the Los Angeles Times voted Dr. Perry the Woman of the Year for Medicine in Southern California. In 1976, she was awarded the Kappa Delta Award by the Orthopedic Research Society. In 1981, Dr. Perry received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Association of Rehabilitative Facilities and the Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Award in Technology from the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation.
The California Association of Rehabilitative Facilities awarded Dr. Perry again in 1984, but this time with the President’s Award. Dr. Perry received the UCLA Professional Achievement Award in 1988 from the University of California Los Angeles. In 1994, the State of California – California’s Governor’s Committee – awarded her Physician of the Year. In 1999, both the Los Angeles Times health section and at the 15th Biannual Alfred R. Shands Jr., Lecture of the Orthopedic Research Society paid tribute to Dr. Jacquelin Perry, M.D. The following year, in 2000, the Gait and Clinical Movement Society awarded Dr. Perry with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Perry also received numerous visiting professorships including: Distinguished Lecturer for the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Cornell University Medical College, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Charles R. Moore Lectureship at Baylor University, the University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic, the 19th Congress of the Japanese Society of Rehabilitation Medicine in Tokyo Japan, etc.
In 1996, the Jacquelin Perry Neuro-Trauma Institute and Rehabilitation Center at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center was dedicated to Dr. Perry. This center is one of the nation’s most advanced rehabilitation patient care buildings.