June 27, 2019 | Issue 5
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:
  • Claudia DiLeonardo - Operations Manager, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Shawn Gilbert, MD - Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama Medical Center Program in Birmingham
  • Robert Hymes, MD - Assistant professor at VCU School of Medicine - Inova Medical Campus; Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Ana Jiminian - Practice Administrator, Boston University
  • Blake Johnson, MBA, MS, ATC-L - Director of Sports Medicine, University of Utah
  • Lisa Lattanza, MD - Chair, Yale University
  • T. Moorman, MD - Chair, Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System)
  • Eric Schips - Chief Administrative Officer, NYU
  • Chan Roush - Hospital Service Line Manager, Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System)
UPDATE: AOC Workgroup doggedly pursuing Opioid alternatives and Best Practice Protocols at Request of AOC Chairs
As a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our members on the AOC opioid management working group, and the orthopaedic faculty leaders in attendance at the AOC Business and Leadership Symposium at UPenn this year, we aim to enhance communications and engagement with our members through regular communications from the working group and news and policy updates around the opioid challenges. The working group is taking one step further to review, develop, and pilot best practice protocols for opioid-sparing pain management in orthopaedic surgeries within its own membership.
U.S. News Announces the 2019-2020 Best Pediatric Orthopedic Hospitals
Fifty children's orthopedic hospitals were ranked in pediatric orthopedics for treatment of conditions such as scoliosis and spina bifida and injuries such as complex fractures or other sports injuries. Below are the Top 10:
  1. Boston Children's Hospital
  2. Children's Medical Center Dallas-Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  3. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  4. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  5. Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  6. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  7. Rady Children's Hospital
  8. UC Davis Children's Hospital/Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern CA
  9. Nationwide Children's Hospital
  10. Texas Children's Hospital

Updates on AAOS proceedings in June
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has been making headlines in June. Over 300 orthopedic surgeons met with congressional representatives as part of the AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference and Kristy Weber, MD, president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, provided an opposition statement to the surprise medical bill proposal of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019.

Stephen Albanese, MD, elected president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
SUNY Upstate Medical University's Stephen Albanese, MD, has been elected president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Kevin Black to serve as interim dean of Penn State's College of Medicine: 5 details
Penn State in University Park, Pa., named Kevin Black, MD, interim dean of the College of Medicine.

Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital welcomes new CEO — 4 things to know
Matt Wain was named CEO for Tucker, Ga.-based Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Mr. Wain will also be leading Druid Hills, Ga.-based Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.

Nashville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Manny Sethi launches US Senate bid
Vanderbilt orthopedic trauma surgeon Manny Sethi, MD, is officially entering the 2020 race for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat, making him the first top-tier Republican to launch a bid.

Dr. Michael Suk elected to AMA Board of Trustees
The American Medical Association elected board-certified orthopedic surgeon Michael Suk, MD, to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Suk has been part of the AMA for nearly 30 years. He is chief physician officer of Geisinger System Services and chairman of Geisinger's Musculoskeletal Institute and department of orthopedic surgery.

Philadelphia Eagles hire Dr. Arsh Dhanota as chief medical officer — 3 insights
Penn Medicine's Arsh Dhanota, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer for the Philadelphia Eagles. In his new role, Dr. Dhanota will be responsible for supervising the medical staff and streamlining communications through all departments. He will maintain his role as medical director of non-operative sports medicine at Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine as well.

Michael Gagnon, MBA inducted as a Piedmont Society Honorary Member
We would like to recognize Founder & CEO of the AOC and Chief Administrative Officer - Emeritus for Duke University Orthopaedics, Michael Gagnon, MBA, who was inducted as a Piedmont Orthopedic Society Honorary Member at the 67th Annual Piedmont Orthopedic Society Meeting in Sea Island, Georgia. Mike is the first and only non-faculty, non-clinical member of the organization.

“Having the privilege to serve the great Department of Orthopaedics at Duke University is one of the greatest blessings in my life," said Mike. "Being inducted into the Piedmont Society was a complete surprise and an honor."

The Piedmont Orthopedic Society is the oldest and largest orthopaedic alumni association in America. The Piedmont Society hosts a formal meeting every Spring for its members and has an active member directory with over 700 members.

Hospital for Special Surgery creates medical leadership office to ensure high standards are met — 3 takeaways
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery established an Office of Medical Leadership under the tutelage of incoming surgeon-in-chief and medical director, Bryan Kelly, MD.

Cleveland Clinic completes its 1st in-utero spina bifida surgery
The Cleveland Clinic successfully completed its first fetal surgery inside the uterus to repair spina bifida. A team of over a dozen specialists including pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists and a fetal cardiologist completed the surgery on a nearly 23-week fetus in February.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University receives $483,000 from HHS to research arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases
U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1.67 million to Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden for scientific, medical and technological research and training.

HSS awarding Dr. Jonathan Deland Lifetime Achievement Award — 4 insights
New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery will award the former chief of its foot and ankle department, Jonathan Deland, MD, its lifetime achievement award. Read more >>
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis named Jacob Buchowski, MD, its first inaugural Lawrence G. and Elizabeth A. Lenke Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis named Jacob Buchowski, MD, its first inaugural Lawrence G. and Elizabeth A. Lenke Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Read more >>
Zimmer gets a Chief Medical Office - for the first time
Zimmer Biomet has hired a single person to serve as the company’s Chief Medical Officer. His name is Andrew Freiberg, MD and he is the renown orthopedic surgeon who has led the hip and knee service at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston for over 20 years.  Read more >>
27 recent hospital, health system executive moves
Christine Bachrach resigned as vice president and chief compliance officer of Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical SystemRead more >>
21 hospitals, health systems recently expanding orthopedic services
The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington is preparing to open a new $200 million building that will feature 128 single-bed rooms, focusing on specialty surgery, cardiology, oncology and orthopedic patients. Read more >>
14 new ASC developments where investors expect to spend $13M-$51.5M
Fourteen surgery center developments announced in 2019 (including those at Vanderbilt, University of Maryland and UNC) are expected to cost at least $13 million by the project's completion. Read more >>
Trump demands transparency on healthcare costs: 7 things to know
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that aims to lower healthcare costs by improving price transparency. Read more >>
The future of spine practice and bundled payments: 6 key thoughts
At the Becker's 17th Annual Future of Spine + Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, four panelists, including Frank Phillips, MD, director of the division of spine surgery at Chicago Rush University Medical Center, discussed the key trends and opportunities in spine today. Read more >>
Dr. Harel Deutsch: A spine surgeon's perspective on how to tackle the national opioid epidemic and more
Harel Deutsch, MD, is an associate professor at the department of neurosurgery at Rush University in Chicago and co-director of the Rush Spine Center.  Read more >>
App Helping Geisinger Patients Recover from Joint Replacement Surgery
The time after a joint replacement surgery is full of rehab and recovery, but up until a few years ago, there was no way for Geisinger Health System officials to track what patients were doing. An app changed all that. Read more >>
Scaffold Helps Cells Repair Torn Meniscus in Lab Tests
According to research at Duke University, scaffold-aided repair led to stronger meniscus, laying groundwork for potential human tests Read more >>
Patient care benefits from positive work environments for PAs
The American Academy of PAs’ (AAPA) Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) launched the Employer of Excellence Awards in 2018 to recognize those organizations (including Geisinger, Baylor, Mayo, Penn, Rush and Stanford) that create and maintain an environment in which PAs can provide the very best care for their patients and are afforded opportunities for professional growth and leadership in their institutions. Read more >>
Employers Are Steering Workers Toward Controversial Stem Cell Therapies
“This definitely is not a high-quality, proven treatment,” says Dr. Freddie Fu, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterRead more >>
Could a doctor wearing a white coat impact patient satisfaction?
Dr. Bradford Waddell of Hospital for Special Surgery is lead author of a nationwide study — asking over 1,100 patients at 10 health facilities across the country to rate surgeons on a number of topics such as satisfaction, intelligence, trust, recommendation, and caring. 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:
“How to Spot a Liar” (one of the top rated TED talks of all time, 23,000,000+ views)

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
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
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Michael R. Gagnon, MBA

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

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