March 28, 2019 | Issue 2
Kristy L. Weber, MD issues bold, ambitious, and timely remarks in her 2019 AAOS Presidential address…and calls for change
In her speech, Dr. Weber, professor and chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, acknowledged the progress that her 2019–2020 presidency of the premier orthopaedic organization represents, while recognizing that much work remains to be done before the profession and its culture are deemed truly inclusive of women and other underrepresented groups.

Read more and watch the 2019 address >>

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Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, was named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at its 2019 Annual Meeting. His new role is the second in a four-year term of volunteer service that includes his serving as president of the Academy in 2020-21. Dr. Bosco is a professor and vice chair for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He specializes in sports medicine, total knee replacement, shoulder and elbow surgery.

U.S. News & World Report releases 2018-2019 Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
The Top 10 include:

#1 Hospital for Special Surgery
#2 Mayo Clinic
#3 Cleveland Clinic
#4 Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
#4 Rush University Medical Center
#6 Massachusetts General Hospital
#7 UCSF Medical Center
#8 NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
#9 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
#10 Johns Hopkins Hospital

Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital rank among top 10 in world according to Newsweek
Newsweek partnered with global market research company Statista to rank the top 1,000 hospitals in the world. The publication also used the expertise from its panel of physicians, medical professionals and administrators across four continents.

The top 10 hospitals in the world:
1. Mayo Clinic
2. Cleveland Clinic
3. Singapore General Hospital (Bukit Merah)
4. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
5. Charité (Berlin)
6. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
7. Toronto General Hospital
8. University of Tokyo Hospital
9. Lausanne (Switzerland) University Hospital
10. Sheba Medical Center (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Michael L. Parks, MD, Receives 2019 Diversity Award
Each year, AAOS bestows its Diversity Award on a member who has distinguished himself or herself with outstanding commitment to making orthopaedics more representative of, and accessible to, diverse patient populations. This year’s recipient was Michael L. Parks, MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recognizes Rick W. Wright, MD, with the 2019 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award
The 2019 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award was presented to Rick W. Wright, MD, and his team on the Multicenter Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Revision Study (MARS). Dr. Wright serves as the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and executive vice chairman at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.
James R. Ficke, MD, named member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Board of Directors
Dr. Ficke is the Robert A. Robinson professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Additionally, he has an active academic and clinical orthopaedic practice in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in foot & ankle, and trauma.
Michael P. Bolognesi, MD Takes Office as AAHKS President
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Michael “Bolo” P. Bolognesi, MD took office as the 29th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Bolognesi is Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Adult Reconstruction Division, and Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.
Ron Faulbaum to retire from his role as the Executive Director for Business Affairs for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine
Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD, Fred C. Reynolds Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, shares:

"Ron Faulbaum, the Executive Director for Business Affairs, has shared his intention to retire this August after completion of the year-end faculty meetings.  

Ron was hired by Dr. Richard Gelberman in July 1995 and since that time he has served as the first and only executive director of the Department of Orthopaedics. Ron’s body of work and achievement is extraordinary.  

Ron was a key partner to Dr. Gelberman in the development of our Department into a nationally-acclaimed orthopedic program.  He was instrumental in the planning and building of our Orthopedics Chesterfield facility in 2007, the development of our current academic and clinical office space, and he facilitated our emergence as a leader in research and innovation."
William Runkle, FACHE to become Department Administrator for Pediatrics at Columbia University
Congratulations to William Runkle, FACHE who accepted a role as department administrator for pediatrics at Columbia University. William was formerly the department administrator for Orthopaedics at NYU.
Andrew Duncan, MBA, MS, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC to join UChicago Medicine team as the Executive Director of the Musculoskeletal Center
Congratulations to Andrew Duncan, MBA, MS, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, who will join the UChicago Medicine team in April 2019 as the Executive Director of the Musculoskeletal Center. In this role, Duncan will be responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the operational, financial, patient experience, and clinical outcomes of the UChicago Medicine Musculoskeletal Center in Chicago, IL.
SocialClimb to offer early bird opportunities to three additional AOC members
Several AOC member groups have recently partnered with SocialClimb to build and enhance their social media reputations. Our intention is to closely monitor the progress of these AOC members and feature their results at the Nashville AOC meetings in the fall.

SocialClimb has agreed to offer an additional early bird opportunity to 3 more AOC members. These additional members would have access to white glove treatment, new advanced features, and more. We understand that many of you have lengthy approval processes and so we are open to AOC members who can move quickly and can participate even with a small sample of physicians. 
If you are interested, please contact me:
Hospital for Special Surgery appoints new surgeon-in-chief, medical director
The Hospital for Special Surgery announced Bryan T. Kelly, MD, is to succeed Todd J. Albert, MD, as surgeon-in-chief and medical director. Read more >>
Hip and Knee Societies Announce CCJR'S New Executive Committee
Daniel J. Berry, M.D. of Mayo Clinic will serve as senior director; Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D. of Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. and William J. Maloney, III, M.D. of Stanford University will serve as deputy directors. The 40-year old CCJR program was created by A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil(Oxon), and presented by the Current Concepts Institute. Read more >>
Kevin B. Mahoney Named CEO of University of Pennsylvania Health System
Mahoney will assume his post on July 1, 2019, succeeding Ralph W. Muller, who has served as the health system’s CEO since 2003. Read more >>
CEO of U of Maryland Medical System to take leave of absence amid scandal
The president and CEO of Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System agreed to take a leave of absence, effective March 25, amid a scandal involving business deals between the system and several of its board members, according to The Washington Post. Read more >>
Internationally-Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon John G. Kennedy, MD to Lead Foot and Ankle Division at NYU Langone Health
John G. Kennedy, MD, a pioneer in minimally invasive ankle surgery, will start seeing patients at the new Foot & Ankle Center at NYU Langone's Tisch Center at Essex Crossing. Read more >>
Maryland governor appoints Dr. Andrew Pollak as chair of statewide healthcare commission
Dr. Pollak is a professor and chair of the orthopedic department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He will take over as chairman from Robert Moffit, PhD. Read more >>
Scott Boden, MD weighs in on price transparency for spine care
Scott Boden, MD is the Director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center in Atlanta. "In principle, this is a trend that has appeared in most other industries. Unfortunately purchasing healthcare services is far more complicated than online shopping, so achieving meaningful transparency is more difficult. The other problem with transparency is that there are not reliable measures of quality, appropriate operative indications, so I am a bit concerned if healthcare choices are solely driven by price." Read more >>
Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. Andrew Jea of Indiana University School of Medicine
Andrew H. Jea, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon at Indianapolis-based Indiana University School of MedicineRead more >>
Dr. Jennifer Beck of Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Center for Sports Medicine Awarded Prestigious Fellowship From the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Dr. Beck serves as associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC, as well as assistant clinical professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. Read more >>
Michael Daubs, MD guides surgeons through ‘mid-career blues’
When experiencing the “mid-career blues,” orthopedic surgeons should perform a self-assessment and be sure to not immediately rush to change, according to Dr. Daubs during his presentation at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Dr. Michael Daubs is the professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UNLV School of MedicineRead more >>
M*Modal EHR-Embedded Virtual Assistant Technology in Clinical Use at OrthoVirginia
M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that its speech and artificial intelligence technology embedded in Epic Haiku Voice Assistant is in production use at OrthoVirginia. Read more >>
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute enters 2-year partnership with Big East Conference
As part of the two-year partnership, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute became the official orthopedic providers of the Big East while New York City-based Northwell Health became the conference’s official hospital partner. Read more >>
Virginia-based orthopedic practice joins VCU Health-affiliated physician group
Colonial Orthopaedics, which includes 97 team members, is joining MCV Physicians, a large physician practice affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, according to The Progress-IndexRead more >>
OSU Wexner Medical Center First U.S. Site To Implant Device for Knee Osteoarthritis
Surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are the first in the United States to implant a new device designed to relieve knee pain and help people with osteoarthritis prevent or delay knee replacements. Read more >>
Midwest Orthopaedics At Rush First In Chicago To Use New Robotic Technology In Spine Surgery
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) is the first in Chicago to use the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform for some of its spinal fusion surgery patients. This technology combines pre-operative imaging and intra-operative guidance, allowing for safer, more efficient spinal fusion surgeries. Read more >>
Demographic shift underway, more diversity work to be done
A diverse work force may help address health disparities and inequities in orthopedics. Read more >>
Geisinger Health System Personalizes Their Patient Check Ups
Geisinger leadership members made rounds to patients' homes as a way to get honest, unfiltered feedback from patients about their care and their doctors. Read more >>
Register Now! Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty
November 15-16, 2019
Bring your leadership team to our Top Rated AOC Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic
Chairs, Vice Chairs, Division Chiefs, and faculty who aspire to serve in these roles. Meeting is high level
engagement and attended by Presidents and Past Presidents of the major orthopaedic associations and
last year we had 68 attendees with 100% rating the Symposium either an A or an A-.

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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:
5 Ways to Leave Your Work Stress at Work
By proactively managing your stress, you loosen the grip stress has on you and regain control of job and life.
Angela Lee Duckworth at TED Talks Education | Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Optimizing the Athletic Trainer: Best Practices and New Developments
When considering what kind of employee to hire to support your orthopaedic surgeon in clinic, if you haven't already considered an Athletic Trainer, you might take a look at this outstanding Academic Orthopaedic Consortium (AOC) Webinar led by Joe Greene, one of the nation's leading experts on the subject of ATCs.
October 1-3, 2019
AOC Annual Meeting for Administrators

Boston, MA
Enrollment now open!

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November 15-16, 2019
Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty

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Tiffany A. Nickel
Communications Specialist, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Digital Marketing Specialist, AOC
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Academic Orthopaedic Consortium
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Duke University Orthopaedics

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