November 8, 2019 | Issue 9
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:
  • Tim Brown, Clinical Operations Manager, Medical University of South Carolina 
  • Kelly Clarke, Clinical Operations Manager, University of Connecticut 
  • Onyi Okwandu Ezeike, Clinical Operations Manager, Emory
  • Joy Hammond, Hospital Service Line Manager, University of Alabama Medical Center Program Birmingham
  • Amy Van Hoesen, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Arizona 
  • Jonathan Isaacs, MD; Vice Chair; Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Rebecca Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Utah 
  • Heather Schmidt, Clinical Operations Manager, Emory 
  • Walter Virkus, MD; Vice Chair; Indiana University Health 
  • Seth Williams, MD; Vice Chair; University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dan Wurtz, MD; Chair; Indiana University Health 
  • Wilhelm Zuelzer, MD; Vice Chair; Virginia Commonwealth University
You're invited to attend the Digital Orthopaedics Conference in San Francisco (DOCSF): Presented in Partnership with the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 

The Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco (DOCSF) is a high impact experience focused on the implementation of digital technologies in health care. Join the curated community of innovators and leaders bridging digital health and clinical practice at DOCSF, presented in partnership with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Click here to learn more or to register.
Lee Leddy, MD, appointed Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Leddy, MD, as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine at MUSC effective immediately. This appointment follows an extensive national search.

Dr. Leddy received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Emory University, his M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and his M.S.C.R. from MUSC. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedics at Emory University, where he also completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology. 

In 2009, Dr. Leddy joined the MUSC faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Leddy served as Associate Program Director for the Orthopaedics Residency Program from 2011-2015, and has served as Director since 2015. In 2018, Dr. Leddy was selected as Chief of the Musculoskeletal ICCE. He serves in a number of additional capacities at MUSC including as Director of the Sarcoma Tumor Board, member of the Perioperative Executive Committee, member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and member of the K12 Advisory Committee.

Congratulations to Dr. Leddy, who brings an excellent combination of leadership, clinical, education, research and administrative skills to this position.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery elects Dr. Joshua Jacobs as vice president
Orthopedic surgeon Joshua Jacobs, MD, was elected vice president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for a one-year term. Dr. Jacobs serves as William A. Hark, MD and Susanne G. Swift professor and chair of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and was elected to the ABOS board in 2016.

Foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Judith Baumhauer, MD, receives the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation's 2019 Women's Leadership Award
Foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Judith Baumhauer, MD, received the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation's 2019 Women's Leadership Award. Dr. Baumhauer received the award for her work as an educator, mentor, clinician, researcher and humanitarian. She currently serves as a professor, fellowship director, academic affairs chair and PROMIS medical director at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine.

HSS names Steve Lee, MD, new Chief of Hand, and Ernest Sink, MD, new Chief of Hip Preservation
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) announced the appointments of Steve K. Lee, MD, as chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service; and Ernest L. Sink, MD, as chief of Hip Preservation Service. In the new roles, Drs. Lee and Sink will lead highly-integrated multidisciplinary programs focused on the treatment of simple and complex conditions associated with their areas of expertise.

Dr. Eric Smith joins New England Baptist Hospital as Chief of Arthroplasty
Eric Smith, MD, joined Boston-based New England Baptist Hospital as chief of arthroplasty. Dr. Smith is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, reconstruction surgery and revision surgery. In his position as chief, he'll be involved in clinical care, research and teaching efforts. Dr. Smith previously served as chief of arthroplasty at Boston Medical Center.

4 insights into new American Association for the Surgery of Trauma President Dr. David Livingston
David Livingston, MD, will be the next president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Livingston is a professor and the chief of the trauma and surgical critical care departments at Newark-based Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

The fight against physician burnout: AMA awards 22 healthcare organizations for their efforts
The American Medical Association (AMA) has chosen 22 healthcare organizations to receive the first Joy in Medicine Recognition. Joy in Medicine is the new distinction offered by the AMA to recognize healthcare organizations who have committed to improve physician satisfaction and reducing burnout, according to a news release from the association.

Below is a list of the AOC institutes included in the inaugural class of recipients:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, of Boston, Mass.
Boston Medical Center, of Boston
Cleveland Clinic, of Cleveland, Ohio
Geisinger Health System, of Danville, Penn.
Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, of New York
Mayo Clinic, of Rochester, Minnesota
Northwestern Medicine, of Chicago
Ochsner Health System, of New Orleans, La.
Stanford Health Care, of Palo Alto, Calif.
University of Colorado School of Medicine, of Aurora, Colo.
UNC Health Care, of Chapel Hill, NC
UPMC, Pittsburgh, Penn.
University of Rochester Medical Center, of Rochester, NY
Wake Forest School of Medicine, of Winston-Salem, NC

Orlando Health Partners with EFSC Athletics
Orlando Health is now the official medical team for Eastern Florida State College athletics. The announcement is part of a new sponsorship agreement with EFSC that includes the naming rights to the college’s soccer stadium on the Melbourne campus.

UAMS partners with local physicians to expand orthopedics services
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock partnered with the Shoulder Center of Arkansas in Fayetteville to extend its orthopedic services to Northwest Arkansas.

Houston Methodist to build $40M orthopedic center, recruit up to 40 physicians
Houston Methodist will begin construction on a $40 million orthopedic medical office building in January 2020, Houston Business Journal reports. The 150,000-square-foot facility will expand orthopedic services for Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas.

Hospital for Special Surgery gets $3M grant for pain management research, physician education
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery received a $3 million to from The Starr Foundation to create the C.V. Starr Endowed Chair in Pain Management. HSS will use the grant to advance pain management research, program development and physician education.

Emory Healthcare's new Musculoskeletal Institute groundbreaking ceremony marks step forward for long-term plan in Executive Park
Emory Healthcare celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, located in Brookhaven, Georgia, to continue its commitment to develop innovative treatments and provide solutions for health care challenges facing the local communities. As the newest addition to Emory’s Executive Park health innovation district, the approximately 180,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building will be a comprehensive, patient and family-centered facility providing orthopaedics and spine care, physical therapy, imaging, ambulatory surgery, with clinical and discovery research support space.

Cleveland Clinic's top 3 medical innovations in orthopedics, spine
Cleveland Clinic released its list of top 10 medical innovations for 2020, including three related to orthopedics and spine. Read more >>
Dr. Thomas Graham: The most exciting innovations in healthcare + why it's the 'antithesis' of a great business model
Thomas Graham, MD, is a clinical professor in the department of orthopedic surgery and associate chief of the division of hand surgery at New York City-based NYU Langone Health. Here, Dr. Graham discusses the biggest issues and innovations in his specialty. Read more >>
Rising overheads, decreasing reimbursements: Dr. Martin Quirno on the biggest challenge for spine surgeons today
Martin Quirno, MD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. Here, Dr. Quirno discusses the impact a single-payer system would have on spine and the biggest challenge facing spine surgeons today. Read more >>
Medicaid pays 75 percent of what Medicare pays for spine surgeries
David S. Casper, M.D., from the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined online data to compare differences in reimbursement for eight spine procedures between Medicaid and regional Medicare rates. Read more >>
Walmart To Measure Doctor Quality In Local Markets
Walmart is rolling out an effort to measure the quality of community doctors who treat tens of thousands of its employees in the retailer’s latest effort to make sure its workers get the right care, in the right place and at the right time. The new concepts, considered in a test phase, will be an extension to the community doctor level of earlier efforts to guide patients to “Centers of Excellence” like the more specialized Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Geisinger Health System to make sure certain heart, knee, hip and spine surgeries are done right the first time. Read more >>
Hospitals could see major shortages of orthopedic, heart surgery supplies, FDA says: 3 things to know
Several plants that sterilize essential surgical tools with ethylene oxide have shut down, leaving hospitals vulnerable to supply shortages, CBS News reports. 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 >>
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
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