August 5, 2019 | Issue 6
To respect and improve the national academic landscape by freely providing best practice in business and leadership content to as many academic faculty leaders and administrators as possible to optimize their performance and that of the musculoskeletal enterprises they manage."
Please join us in welcoming the following members who joined the AOC within the last month:
  • Deniz Baysal, MD, FRCSC - Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of California San Francisco Fresno
  • Charles Cassidy, MD - Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Nathan Lebwohl, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Miami
  • Andra Love, PA-C - Physician Assistant; Bone Health Center Manager at Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Gavin Pereira, MD, MBBS - Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of California Davis
  • Rachel Ranson - Clinical Operations Team, New York University
  • Steven Shin, MD - Vice-Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cedars Sinai Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
AOC to launch a national "on-demand" peer to peer mentorship program...and taking nominations to recognize greatness among AOC Departments
The AOC is excited to announce that it will be launching a national network of “on-demand” peer to peer mentorship programs specific to the major focal points associated with the administration and leadership of academic orthopaedic departments.

Initially, this network will be offered for chairs, chief administrative officers, directors of clinical operations, and directors of the musculoskeletal service lines. Please click the link below and you will find 20 different categorical functions associated with running an academic orthopaedic department.  This link will allow individuals to self-identify whether they want to give mentorship in this area or to receive it and the AOC will match individuals accordingly.

Also- at any time during the year, these individuals can email to request this mentorship for themselves or members of their team.

All of this is provided for free to AOC members.  The purpose of doing this is not only to strengthen the value of being an AOC member but ultimately to optimize the performance of the academic orthopedic landscape from business and leadership standpoint.

If you would like to receive or to provide mentorship or to see the list of areas where this is offered, please click here >>
U.S. News & World Report Announces 2019-2020 Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
Below are the Top 10:
  1. Hospital for Special Surgery
  2. Mayo Clinic
  3. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  4. UCSF Medical Center
  5. NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
  6. Massachusetts General Hospital
  7. Rush University Medical Center
  8. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital
  9. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital
  10. Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

See the full list >>
Epic to return for their 3rd year to the AOC Annual Meeting
The AOC has successfully convinced Epic leadership to come to us within our annual meeting for meaningful engagement and additional end-user training.  As we have over 60 university based orthopaedic departments who attend the annual meeting, national leadership from Epic has enjoyed engaging with those in AOC who utilize Epic to have live conversation around their platform on how to optimize performance. Epic is returning for their 3rd year to the AOC Annual Meeting and we have just reached agreement to expand our work together in 3 very important ways. Because of this, we are encouraging Departments who use Epic to add their EMR managers to AOC membership and to have these EMR managers register for this year’s AOC meeting. 

30 of the most notable orthopedic surgeon achievements in 2019
Becker's Spine Review reported on a bevvy of promotions and awards that went to orthopedic surgeons this year. Thirty of the most notable achievements came out of Geisinger, Hospital for Special Surgery, Wake Forest, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Washington University, NYU, Mayo, Stanford, University of Alabama, Penn, and Duke.

Penn Medicine and Grand View Health Announce Orthopaedic Care Partnership
Penn Orthopaedics and Grand View Health have announced a new affiliation to better serve patients in need of high-quality orthopaedic care in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and the surrounding areas. The collaboration will allow both health systems to increase patients’ access to quality, cost-efficient orthopaedic care.

Allegheny Health Network, Riverhounds announce medical, sports complex for Coraopolis
The AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center, which will include a 20,000-square-foot medical facility and multiple indoor and outdoor soccer fields, was announced by the Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Health and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club.

“Working with the Riverhounds organization over the past decade has been a privilege for our team, and we cannot wait to be part of this unique complex that will bring the resources of AHN and our sports medicine program to the thousands of athletes who live in this community, or who will travel here from across the country for soccer tournaments and other sports events,” said Dr. Patrick DeMeo, the chairman of the AHN Orthopaedic Institute and medical director of the Pirates.

8 key updates from Mayo Clinic's orthopedics, spine & neurosurgery services in the past year
Here are eight key developments from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in the past year, focused on its orthopedic, spine and neurosurgery services.

7 interesting spine partnerships in July
Greenport, N.Y.-based Eastern Long Island Hospital and Stony Brook (N.Y.) Medicine merged with the Greenport center now known as Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Dr. William Richardson shares his thoughts on the evolution of spine care technology and Duke's new spine department strategy
William Richardson, MD, is a spine surgeon with Duke Spine Center in Durham, N.C. He has spent time as chief of the spine division at Duke and recently shared his thoughts on the big trends in spine care delivery today.

How the spine field is evolving with price transparency, robotics and value-based care — key thoughts from Dr. Peter Passias of NYU Langone Health
Peter Passias, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon with NYU Langone Health in New York City. Here, Dr. Passias shares his thoughts on robotic technology as well as the business and economic impact of healthcare trends affecting spine.

Indian American Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Gleeson Rebello, Honored for Song Writing
The Fever Breakers, a band that includes Indian American Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gleeson Rebello at Massachusetts General Hospital, was recently honored as a nominee for their song “Yes We Are America” at the 2019 American Songwriting Awards.

What price transparency will do to spine – key thoughts from 6 surgeons
Value-based care and price transparency is on the forefront of physicians' and healthcare executives' minds, especially after President Donald Trump issued an executive order to require healthcare price disclosure.
Here, spine surgeons from Northwestern, Baylor, Duke and NYU discuss how both trends will affect spine care and what surgeons can do to prepare for the future.

Value-based care in orthopedics — 5 insights from physician leaders
Value-based care seems to be on every healthcare leader's mind, but many are hesitant to put it into practice. Here's what five physicians, including Paul Cagle, MD from Mount Sinai West Hospital and Baron Lonner, MD from Mount Sinai Hospital, told Becker's Spine Review on the topic:

Mayo Clinic, Twin Cities Orthopedics cut opioid prescriptions with new protocols — 5 details
Golden Valley, Minn.-based Twin Cities Orthopedics and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., successfully reduced the number of opioids they prescribe by adopting new guidelines, according to CBS Minnesota.

Patients treated with NSAIDS see decrease in opioid use
Researchers from New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City demonstrated that patients receiving Ibuprofen post-surgery with a rescue prescription of Percocet used less opioids than patients prescribed only Percocet, reports EurekAlert.

July 11, 2019 AOC Webinar: Improving the Patient Clinic Experience
Presented by John Bonini, Director, Clinical Operations, Duke Orthopaedics; Senior Vice President, AOC
In 2020, Academic Orthopaedic Departments across the nation will experience a huge shift in the marketplace to value-based contracts. In preparation for this culture shift, we are focusing on reducing costs and improving quality. Improving the patient experience is a big focus of the efforts of the Clinical Operations team. For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, you can view a PDF of the presentation below.

View PDF of Presentation >>
University of Minnesota orthopedic surgery department celebrates 50 years— a timeline of events
Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota's orthopedic surgery department is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Read more >>
Health Plan Data Can Help Track Issues With Medical Devices
Examining data from nearly 5,000 patients who received stents and more than 2,200 who had total hip replacements, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts attempted to track medical events—such as admissions to emergency rooms or diagnoses of related medical problems—within 90 days after those procedures occurred. Read more >>
Apple offering health records self-registration to health systems
Apple launched its health records feature in January 2018 at 12 U.S. hospitals, including Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine and Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. Currently, more than 200 hospitals and health systems use the feature.  Read more >>
Orthopedic surgeons are 3rd biggest opioid prescribers — 11 insights on orthopedic opioid use 
Prescription opioids significantly contributed to a rise in drug-related fatalities in the past decade, and orthopedic surgeons are the third-highest prescribers of opioids among U.S. physicians, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. As a result, New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery developed a mandatory narcotics-prescribing education program, which led to a significant decrease in excessive opioid prescriptions after ambulatory orthopedic surgery. Read more >>
Chronic Pre-op Opioid Use = Poor Post-op in 2,128 Patient Study
To assess the relationship between preoperative chronic opioids and opioid dosage with patient-reported outcomes, a multicenter team, including Vanderbilt and UC Davis, examined the records of patients who underwent elective spine surgery from 2010 and 2017. Read more >>
Surgery Training Platform ‘Osso VR’ Now Used by 1,000 Surgeons Monthly
The platform, which was created to provide surgeons with an immersive, repeatable environment to safely practice their craft, is now used by more than 20 teaching hospitals and eight top medical device companies across 11 countries. Leading hospitals using the platform include Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Marshall University, UCLA, University of Washington, University of Kentucky, University of Utah, and New York University. Read more >>
Downside of Outpatient Arthroplasty? Higher Surgeon Workload
Like a lot of things that sound inherently positive, outpatient total joint surgery can have a downside. One of which, says new research out of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, is the shift of responsibility away from the hospital to the surgeon. Read more >>
AAOS will be 'closely evaluating' how Trump's executive order affects orthopedics
In late June, President Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to lower costs and help patients make informed decisions by increasing price transparency in healthcare. Read more >>
Payment benchmarks would threaten 'independent practice of medicine,' AAOS says
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons strongly opposes legislation that would impose government-set payment benchmarks to address surprise medical bill disputes, saying it would threaten "the independent practice of medicine." Read more >>
People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well

Whether it’s in trying to land a job or impress a date, people spend a staggering amount of time making claims about themselves. It makes sense: You’re the only person on Earth who has direct knowledge of every thought, feeling, and experience you’ve ever had. Who could possibly know you better than you? But your backstage access to your own mind sometimes makes you the last person on Earth others should trust about it. Think of it like owning a car: Just because you’ve driven it for years doesn’t mean you can pinpoint when and why the engine broke down. Read more >>
VIDEO: Mr. Rogers Greatest Advice

This 4 minute video of Fred Rogers accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will help you to appreciate the people who have helped you become the person you are today. Watch video >>
With respect to faculty recruitment, it is apparent that in academics we mainly hire each other’s graduates. And we pay for expensive ads and recruitment firms to make these connections!

The AOC lets all Departments post jobs they are recruiting directly to the AOC Job Listings site at no cost for up to 1 year!

Examples of the job postings include, but are not limited to:
  • Physicians (Orthopaedic, Primary Care, Podiatry, Physiatry)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Chief Administrative Officers
  • Clinical Operations Managers
  • Finance Managers
Below are current openings posted on the AOC Job Listings site:
October 1-3, 2019
AOC Annual Meeting for Administrators

Boston, MA
Enrollment now open!

Click here for more details >>
November 15-16, 2019
Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty

Click here to view the agenda >>

Click here to register >>
Please send your Department’s important accomplishments, news, and updates to Tiffany at

Tiffany A. Nickel
Communications Specialist, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Digital Marketing Specialist, AOC
Members can participate in our top-rated (and free) AOC Webinars and Annual Meetings. Members must be an orthopaedic faculty member or an orthopaedic administrator. It takes 3 minutes to complete your profile.
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Michael R. Gagnon, MBA

Founder & CEO
Academic Orthopaedic Consortium
Chief Administrative Officer- Emeritus
Duke University Orthopaedics

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