Robert Klapper, MD
Dr. Robert Klapper has never spent time on a battlefront, but he considers caring for injured troops here at home an indirect way to serve his country. “It allows me to feel like I am vicariously participating,” says Dr. Klapper, director of the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Joint Replacement in Los Angeles. He is continually impressed by the sacrifices made by soldiers, such as his father, who served with the 1st Infantry Division in World War II. “The humility and quiet courage present in my patients is what humbles me,” he says.