is an honor having you as a respected speaker at our
Michigan District of Kiwanis Convention in Gaylord,
Michigan on Saturday, August 23, 2003. Your
message was very inspirational to all Kiwanians and
guests. Your personal sincerity and
beliefs presented meaningful opportunities for everyone
to be aware of the message you are conveying throughout
the world. The se facts are the need and importance
of preventive sports medicine. I am confident many Kiwanians
and guests went home with a new knowledge, respect,
and an awareness of how they may personally be involved
in their families, their lives, and their communities
in aiding in this mission you have brought to their
personally, have an additional respect for your, your
dedication, and your beliefs in achieving your goals
of founding the Institute for Preventative Medicine.
Let me explain. In 1998-89, when I was International
President of Kiwanis International, I chose for the
Kiwanis Theme that year “Achieve by Believing.”
This basic message expressed that if one believes in
themselves, in what they are doing, and in their work
(and in their Kiwanis organization) they can truly achieve
all things. It was accepted throughout the Kiwanis world
with a positive response and great success, both personally
for our members and our organization as well.
Dave, are an outstanding example of our Kiwanis Theme
that year. You truly are “Achieving by Believing!”
thank you for giving me your fine book, “The Awakening
of a Surgeon”, with the signed personal message.
We are proud to have it in our home, just as I am grateful
to have heard your inspiring message and to have had
the opportunity to talk with you in Gaylord.
for also being a 'Believer'."
PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT (1988-89)
just finished reading your book - a Masterpiece
to say the least! Thanks for all the many, many
hourse you spent to get your message across.
It is a very significant message. This book
hopefully will be the start of a movement to radically
change so many things in our society which are in great
need of correction. This includes the dysfunctional
health insurance industry and the enabling of physicians
to practice good preventative care. Congratulations
and Thanks once again for this much needed book!
gives us great pleasure to recommend The
Awakening of a Surgeon, not only as an
inspirational story about one man's quest for
injury prevention, but as a mechanism for communities
to come together and create a safer and healthier environment
for children and adults. We fully support Dave Janda
in his continued journey and quest to bring safety to
Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner
book was the best I have read in a long time.
Keep telling it like it is, the public needs to know
(and they are ready to hear it).
of a Surgeon is a great book about making
sports safer for your kids. It is also a book about inspiration
and empowerment for individuals and their communities,
and it has my complete support
both as an Olympic gold medallist and as a parent."
The Awakening of a Surgeon,
Dave Janda, a pioneer in the once arcane world of sports
injury medicine, blows open the doors on a subject that
should be of vital concern to parents and educators -
and, for that matter, politicians - everywhere. Part touching
memoir of a surgeon's stubborn evolution to advocacy,
part wake-up call to an establishment that's somehow neglected
to notice the major health crisis developing right in
our own backyards, ball fields and gymnasiums, this important
book should be mandatory reading for any parent sending
their child out the door to play- or even thinking about
James Dodson Author, Final Rounds, A Golfer's
Life and Faithful Travelers
just finished reading your book, The Awakening of a Surgeon,
and was very moved by your experiences. If even
a fraction of the business and health care community shared
your passion and wisdom, we as a society would be in a
far better position today with respect to health care
and family matters.
the Chairman of a small steel processing company, I
am faced daily with the deceptions and lies places upon
us by our insurance carriers with respect to continuing
care as well as prevention. The bottom line for “most”
carriers is cost cutting for them and not us, as well
as reduced care and control. The bottom line never seems
to be the health and well being of my employees.
a former patient of yours, I think back to the quality
and caring “care” that you and your staff
gave to me and I still marvel at the results. I am forever
telling friends and associates that my experience with
you and your staff demonstrated everything that is right
with medicine and society.
wishes and continued success.”
Darrell D. Sobeski
received your book, “The Awakening of a Surgeon”
as a birthday present recently, and read it over the course
of a few days. If found the book to be a very interesting
subject and thoroughly enjoyable.
I am an orthopaedic surgeon in practice
in Grand Rapids. I recently completed a fellowship in
Sports Medicine at the University of Connecticut with
Dr. John Fulkerson. This fact, along with a lifelong
interest in athletics, makes your book of particular
interest to me.
The injury prevention measures
that you have so thoroughly researched and implemented
are of the utmost importance in the protection of young
athletes everywhere. I would be very interested in facilitating
the efforts of the Institute for Preventative Sports
Medicine here on the west side of the state.
If I can be of any assistance, Please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Congratulations on your excellent book."
Peter C. Theut, M.D.
asked me when I saw you in the clinic last Spring to tell
you how my faculty contact at UNC-Chapel Hill responded
to The Awakening of a Surgeon, which I sent to her. I
thought you’d appreciate the thank you note I received
from her today.
“The Awakening of a Surgeon is a great little
book, which is written with passion and a deep
sense of commitment to primary prevention.
I truly identified with Janda’s struggle with
the economic sector of society: Sports Manufacturers,
Insurance Companies and other self-interest groups.
The theory of primary prevention is outstanding, but
putting it into practice is entirely another matter.
“I learned so much by readings Janda’s
book with a lot of attention to detail. He tries to
hard to hard to convey the message that he is an advocate
for prevention of sports injuries and that he cares
deeply about his mission. Janda succeeds in convincing
details of his honesty and dedication.
“Melissa, thank you so much for sending this
book to me. I do plan to use it. Here is how:
“I belong to the “Safe Communities Coalition”
for Orange County [the home of Chapel Hill]. The mission
is to prevent injuries through accidents on the highway
or in the county. This includes bicycle injuries. I
have been with the coalition since April 2000—its
conception and formation. I plan to loan my copy to
the leader of the group and to share ideas with them
that occurred to me during the reading of Janda’s
“Also, I present—with the leader—the
idea and practice of primary prevention by the “Safe
Coalition” AND I will add Janda’s book,
to my classroom presentation for undergrads and the
RNs courses that I coordinate. I know the students will
be most interested and I will give Janda full credit
for his research…”
Shirley C. Mason, Ed.D., R.N., Assoc. Prof. Community
Health Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill
Keep it up, Dave!"
[see below] is a copy of a book review for “The
Awakening of a Surgeon: One Doctor’s Journey to
Fight the System & EmpowerYour Community,” which
appeared in the September 2001 issue of the Journal of
the Kentucky Medical Association.
Book Review Editor appreciated the opportunity to review
"This small, palm-sized, 192-page book packs much
to be considered and learned. Coming from a colleague
orthopedic surgeon perspective, Dr. Janda brings experience
in sports medicine at many levels. ON the battlefront
with young players in many activities, he confronted
injuries of varied etiologies. Many were the happenstance
of vigorous competition and zealous energy. Certainly
in retrospect, some of these mishaps could have been
avoided, but not totally, given the age and intensity
of the participants. Others resulted from the incompetence
or perhaps the maifeasance of supervising adults. Few
would conspire to cause injuries, but by design and
determination to win at all costs, the prices paid were
Through his book medium, Dr. Janda tells
sad stories of collusion with industry, government and
educators. Naming specific companies and detailing their
behavior grabs the reader’s attention and frequently
causes consternation. With his positions a past chairman
of the Prevention of Sports Injury Advisory Group for
the state of Michigan and, presently, as director of
the Institute for Preventive Sports Medicine, he is
affected directly by, and effects some changes in, how
these different groups survey the sports landscape.
Through the preface and the next eleven chapters, we
read of this evolution form observer and operator to
this present role as consummate spokesperson for the
non-profession, typically young-aged, athletes. Anticipation
and prevention recur often and with a crescendo by the
end of the book. One appendix tables the astounding
reported injuries from 21 activities, many in the hundreds
of thousands. Another bullets a checklist for preventing
As interesting, factual and biographical
book and literally a handbook for parents with children,
this work should be popular and even required reading.
With an orthopedic surgeon as its author and leading
proponent, this cause should stir those of us in medicine."
Z. Smith, MD
Book Review Author
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