October 14, 2019 | Issue 8
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:
  • Catherine Cash, Clinical Operations Manager, University of Virginia
  • Cheryl Correia, General Admin Team, University of California San Diego
  • Joseph Gjolaj, MD; Orthopaedic Surgeon; University of Miami
  • Peter Grimaldi, Clinical Operations Manager, Weill Cornell Medical College 
  • J.M. Jardina, Hospital Service Line Manager, Other
  • Jason Lemire, Clinical Operations Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
We would like to thank the 153 AOC Administrative Leaders - representing 74 University-based orthopedic programs - who attended this year's AOC Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. This year's meeting highlights included:
  • Presentations by Distinguished Guest Speakers Stefano Bini, MD; Mitchel Harris, MD; Karen Zupko; and Epic National Leadership
  • Topics ranging from How Digital Health/AI is Evolving, How to Optimize the Orthopaedic EPIC Platform, Case Studies, Compensation Information, and much more!
  • A Dinner Cruise and Live Musical Performance
We look forward to seeing everyone next year!
Congratulations to this year's AOC Administrative Leaders Conference Award Winners!
Pictured above: AOC Vice President, Ron Faulbaum, recognizing some of the national award winners representing Wisconsin, Northwell Health, and Oregon Health & Science University

University of Wisconsin: Development of a non-surgical hip and knee osteoarthritis clinic to see patients who are not surgical candidates in a multidisciplinary fashion, including group medical visits
  • Kip Schick - Hospital Service Line Manager
  • Joe Greene - Clinical Operations Manager
  • Kim Beld - Chief Administrative Officer
  • Philip Swain - Clinical Operations Manager
  • Tamara Scerpella, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chair
  • Thomas Zdeblick, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chair

Yale: Opened a new call center operating from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily while achieving a 95% call answered ratio within 30 seconds of call and increasing new patient volume by 9%
  • Mary Henwood - Chief Administrative Officer

Northwell Health: Successful implementation of scribes for optimization and as a way of mitigating the time required for utilization of EMR
  • Katie Grillo - Administrative Supervisor
  • Samantha Figliolia - Practice Technical Supervisor

Atrium Health: Began co-management in hip and knee across 9 hospitals with standard goals across all facilities for independent and employed MDs at Atrium and OrthoCarolina; began co-management in spine across 5 hospitals with standard goals and metrics for orthopedics, neurosurgery, and PM&R doctors across Carolinas Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, OrthoCarolina, and Atrium Health
  • Claude T. Moorman III, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chair
  • Chan Roush - Chief Administrative Officer

Brigham & Women’s: Piloted tap and go technology in clinic and convinced the system to purchase this technology to improve the efficiency of clinic workflows as well as patient and physician satisfaction
  • Brandon Earp, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chair
  • Christopher Chiodo, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • Christian Lattermann, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • Jeffrey Taylor - Clinical Operations Manager
  • James Kang, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chair
  • Jeffrey Katz, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • John Ready, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • Michael Weaver, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • Philip Blazar, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chief
  • Richard Iorio, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chair
  • Scott Dykeman - Chief Administrative Officer

Oregon Health & Science University: Built electronic patient report outcomes questionnaires in Epic (MyChart)
  • Brianna Kaiser - Chief Administrative Officer
  • Darin Friess, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chair
  • Heidi Snyder - Hospital Service Line Manager
  • Jung Yoo, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chair
September was AMA's Women in Medicine Month!
In honor of Women in Medicine month, we celebrate Kristy L. Weber, MD, first female president of AAOS. "Our differences should stimulate curiosity, not judgement, and we need to celebrate our common interests and commitment to improving the musculoskeletal health of our patients.”

To learn more about Diversity in Orthopedics, please visit:
Now Available! AOC Chief Administrative Officer and Clinical Operations Manager Compensation Report
We are delighted to provide you with this special issue of the AOC Report where we provide benchmark data on AOC Chief Administrative Officer and Clinical Operations Manager Compensation and associated demographics for each of these positions.

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA, inducted into the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™
We would like to congratulate L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn Medicine, who was recently inducted into the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™. The aim of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to recognize and assemble a cadre of Master Surgeon Educators of national and international renown who will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.
Study helps surgeons determine optimal approach for broken hips
Robert Zura, MD, Professor and Robert D'Ambrosia Chair of Orthopaedics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of an international collaborative study group whose findings will help orthopaedic surgeons identify the best individual approach to treat broken hips in those over age 50. Read more >>
Amy Goodman, BSN, named Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
We would like to congratulate Amy Goodman, BSN, who has been named Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, reporting to Todd M. Bankhead. Her responsibilities include divisional program development and strategic oversight of several divisional service lines including the integration of the clinical, education and research missions. 

Amy was a Nurse Clinician and Nurse Manager in Orthopaedics from 1987-1990, returning to the department in 2001 as Research Administrator and later becoming Business Administrator, Orthopedics, and Administrative Director for the MSK Service Line for the Health System.
Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Falcons break ground on new orthopaedics clinic and sports performance and research center
Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Falcons broke ground on a new musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinic, located at the IBM Performance Fields, home of the Atlanta Falcons. The Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center at Flowery Branch will provide a new location for patients, while also being an access point for Falcons who may need diagnostic imaging or to be seen by a sports medicine expert. 

Rothman Institute steps up New York expansion with Radio City Rockettes deal
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, the Philadelphia region's largest orthopedic practice, is sure to get a big kick out of it latest partnership deal. Rothman has signed what it is calling a "multi-platform partnership" with the iconic Radio City Rockettes.

Detroit Pistons, Henry Ford Health System ready to open sports performance center — 4 insights
The Detroit Pistons and Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System will open the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine sports performance center in October, Crain's Detroit Business reports. The 54,000-square-foot sports medicine complex is part of the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center and expects to open for patients October 15.

Ochsner opens state-of-the-art orthopedics and sports medicine hospital
The Ochsner Hospital for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will offer the most advanced anesthesia and pain techniques, resulting in less pain and a quicker recovery, according to its doctors. The system expects to see more than 3,500 patients each year.

HSS Names Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, MBA, & Andrew A. Sama, MD, New Co-Chiefs of HSS Spine
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced the appointments of Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, MBA, and Andrew A. Sama, MD, as the new co-chiefs of its spine service, effective October 2019.

Force Therapeutics announces the next evolution of its leading episodic care management platform
In a recent press release, Force Therapeutics, a leading episode-based digital care platform and research network, announced the expansion of its platform into the bariatrics market. In addition, the company unveiled several new platform features to further standardize best practices and significantly scale care delivery.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand Welcomes Martin I. Boyer, MD as New President
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), a nonprofit dedicated to the care of the hand and upper extremity, and its governing council is pleased to announce Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C) as its new president. Boyer is the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Co-Chief of Hand & Microsurgery at Washington University

Dr. William Sullivan succeeds Dr. Jeffrey Wang as NASS president — 4 things to know
William Sullivan, MD, a physiatrist at Vanderbilt University, was appointed president of the North American Spine Society at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago from Sept. 25 to 28.

AOFAS names Dr. William McGarvey as president — 4 things to know
During the AOFAS Annual Meeting 2019 in Chicago, foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, William C. McGarvey, MD, was named president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® (AOFAS). Currently, Dr. McGarvey is the Residency and Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

'A dream come true': Dr. Jorge Chahla strives for success at Rush
Following in the footsteps of fellow Argentinian orthopedic surgeon Jorge Galante, MD, Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD, hopes to leave a similar mark on his new practice at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. Read more >>
Cell-based therapies for arthritis and osteoporosis
A new report highlights the latest advances in cell-based therapies for the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, and it identifies key unanswered questions that should be addressed through ongoing research. "This is an area of enormous public interest and scientific importance," said lead author and task force co-chair Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more >>
Dr. John Kennedy on the impact of nanoscopes in orthopedics, sports medicine
John Kennedy, MD, chief of the division of foot and ankle surgery and professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone, performed an ankle debridement with a new visualization device at New York City-based NYU Langone in September. Here, Dr. Kennedy discusses the advantages of nanoscopes or needle scopes, and the impact these devices will have on the field of sports medicine. Read more >>
Emory University surgeons publish spine surgery textbook
Spine surgeons from the department of orthopedics at Emory University School of Medicine recently published a textbook on their approaches to spinal disorders. The textbook is titled "Emory University Spine — Illustrated Tips and Tricks in Spine Surgery" and provides illustrated descriptions of methods used by the university's physicians to perform spine surgeries. Read more >>
UCLA, Theseus AI sign license agreement for spine MRI technology
University of California Los Angeles signed a license agreement with Theseus AI — a Los Angeles-based startup — for software that interprets MRI scans of patients' spines. Read more >>
DePuy Synthes Expands ATTUNE Knee Platform with Cementless Option
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies announced that DePuy Synthes is launching the ATTUNE Cementless Knee in a rotating platform option in select markets around the world. “The ATTUNE Cementless Knee has the same great kinematic features of the cemented ATTUNE Knee, but I feel the cementless technology is a better alternative for my younger and more active patients who have healthy, strong bones,” said Ryan M. Nunley, MD, Associate Professor and Fellowship Director at Washington University Orthopedics, Barnes Jewish Hospital. Read more >>
Mount Sinai Celebrates 7 Years with the US Open
Mount Sinai doctors were at the US Open again this year to provide care to all the athletes competing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Grounds in Flushing, New York. This is their seventh year as the office medical services provider for the athletes at the US Open. Read more >>
The New York Knicks and Hospital for Special Surgery Announce Renewed and Expanded Multi-Year Marketing Partnership
The New York Knicks and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), announced a renewed and expanded multi-year marketing partnership designating HSS as the Official Hospital Partner of the New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks and Knicks Gaming. Read more >>
OrthoVirginia growing; adds 4 orthopedic surgeons
Richmond-based OrthoVirginia welcomed four fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons this month. Read more >>
AAOS, AANS partner for new spine registry
A new partnership between two professional specialty organizations will yield a spine registry that will allow all spine surgeons in North America to collect and share quality data. Read more >>
PEr Chronicles: Behind every great team is a great culture

Think about your work environment for a moment. What words come to mind? Words like fun, freedom, creative, energized? Or bureaucratic, stifling, drab, pressured? Our most important job as a leader is to create a culture. Read more >>
How much you should save a month to retire with $3 million

Retiring with $3 million might sound impossible, but it can be done if you diligently invest your money. How much you'll need to save every month varies greatly depending on your age. Whether you're 20 or 50, here's how to do it. Read more >>
I Just Turned 55 — Here Are 10 Life Lessons I Wish I’d Learned a Decade Ago

Looking back on my 55 years, I wish the past me hadn’t assumed the future me would be rich. I would have saved more. Among the other lessons I’ve learned: A good haircut and a nice pair of shoes show that you take yourself seriously — and others should, too. I try not to look back with regret, but here are some things I wish I’d known a decade ago. Read more >>
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:
November 15-16, 2019
Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty

We would like to invite one or two faculty leaders from AOC departments to attend the AOC Business & Leadership Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania, being held November 15 and November 16. This is FREE to attend.

Click here to view the agenda >>

Click here to register >>
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Duke University Orthopaedics

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