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CNOS Surgeons Celebrated for Humanitarian Award

Sep 01, 2021 08:47AM ● By Med Magazine

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian Award recognizes AAOS Active Fellows who have distinguished themselves through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities in the United States or abroad. Dr. Meyer initially received this award in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the A.A.O.S. yearly conference was cancelled.

“On behalf of CNOS, I would like to express our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Steve Meyer for this prestigious recognition. Dr. Meyer embodies what it means to be a selfless, compassionate, and caring human being. His persistent efforts to provide quality healthcare services to the underserved is a testament to his mission-driven professional career. Congratulations! Dr. Meyer!“ says Nolan Lubarski, the CEO of CNOS.

Dr. Steven Meyer’s ministry called ‘STEMM’ located in Tanzania led to his nomination for this award. STEMM stands for ‘Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries’ and this organization’s mission statement is, “Changing lives for Christ through compassionate caring.” Founded in 1996, Dr. Meyer and his team travel make several trips to provide ongoing assistance to the children of Tanzania. However, the work does not stop there, the ministry has also trained other doctors in the country, built roads, and opened up many other beneficial opportunities for the citizens of Tanzania.

“Miracle Kids” is the story of the unfortunate bus crash in 2017 near Karatu, Tanzania. Of the 38 occupants of the bus, three were found with a pulse at the scene of the crash and were later flown to Sioux City, IA where CNOS doctors operated at MercyOne Medical Center. All three children miraculously survived their injuries and were able to return to their homes three months later.

This award is timely as it serves as a prelude to the annual STEMM auction held in Sioux City. This year’s event will take place in November and give the Siouxland community an opportunity to support the STEMM mission. For more information about the ministry, visit

This year, the A.A.O.S. annual meeting will be held in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center. There, Dr. Meyer will also deliver a presentation titled, “Life is a Mission—What is Yours?” He will speak about how medical work is essentially mission work while tying in the idea of giveback mentality.

CNOS is very proud of Dr. Meyer and his ministry that led to this great honor. He will be presented this award at 9:30AMPT/11:30AMCT and the viewing of this portion of the event will be available via Facebook live on the CNOS, PC Facebook page.