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(L to R): Jacob M. Buchowski, M.D., M.S., Lisa K. Cannada M.D., Daniel K. Guy, M.D., David A. Halsey, M.D., and Kristy L. Weber, M.D. / Courtesy of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

AAOS Taps New Board Members, Including First Female Chair

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, April 27th, 2017

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the influential Chicago-based orthopedic entity that looks out for surgeons and patients, has announced a new wave of talented individuals to help guide the organization’s future.

Jacob M. Buchowski, M.D., M.S.

Jacob M. Buchowski, M.D., M.S., a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurological surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has joined the AAOS Board of Directors.

Dr. Buchowski, director of the Spine Fellowship and the director of the Spinal Tumors Center, specializes in surgical treatment of primary and metastatic spinal tumors, adult spine deformity, and complex reconstructive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Dr. Buchowski received both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed his orthopedic surgery residency and served as administrative chief resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his residency, Dr. Buchowski completed a spine surgery fellowship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buchowski told OTW, “As is true for all of my colleagues and friends that serve on the Board, I have the utmost commitment to orthopedic surgery. It is that commitment and dedication to our specialty that led me to pursue a career in academic orthopedic spine surgery where I could care for patients with complex spinal pathology (such as adult deformity or spine tumors); teach orthopedic residents, spine fellows, and medical students; and to pursue research questions to further our knowledge of the field.”

“I hope to bring that enthusiasm for orthopedic surgery to the Board. I also hope that my involvement will help to ensure that spine surgery remains an integral part of the specialty of orthopedic surgery and will encourage other spine surgeons to be engaged with the AAOS.”

Lisa K. Cannada, M.D.

Veteran orthopedic trauma surgeon Lisa K. Cannada, M.D. has become the first female chair of the AAOS Board of Directors Board of Specialty Societies (BOS).

Dr. Cannada, an associate professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, practices at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. As indicated in the March 17, 2017 news release, she attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, completed her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western University School of Medicine, and a trauma fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Cannada is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and served on the OTA Board of Directors and numerous committees. She established the OTA Young Practitioner’s Forum and is a founder of Women in Trauma, a mentoring group for women pursuing careers in orthopedic trauma. Dr. Cannada also is past president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Cannada commented to OTW, “I eagerly look forward to the year as BOS Chair and working with my fellow members to strengthen unity and collaboration within the 23 BOS member organizations. We are counting on the BOS member organizations to bring issues to the BOS for discussion, brainstorm, and resolution. We are changing our meeting format, which will give more voice to the representatives, and we will be more communicative. We have many challenges and opportunities ahead of us and I am confident, especially with the BOS’ recent structuring, that we will serve our members and our orthopedic community well.”

Daniel K. Guy, M.D.

The AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC) has a new leader. Georgia orthopedic surgeon Daniel K. Guy, M.D., is now chair of the AAOS BOC. Dr. Guy specializes in shoulder and hip surgery and sports medicine at Emory Southern Orthopaedics in LaGrange, Georgia, and is on staff at WellStar/West Georgia Health System.

Dr. Guy received his Bachelor in Science from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and earned both a Master of Science and Medical Degree from University of Louisville. Dr. Guy completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After residency, he was selected to and completed an A-O Fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland.

Asked about his goals for the BOC, Dr. Guy told OTW, “The Board of Councilors is made up of over 100 Academy Fellows who represent all 50 States and U.S. Territories, the Regional Orthopaedic Societies, U.S. Military Branches, and Canada. This collective body stays abreast of current issues facing the care of orthopedic patients.”

“The BOC forms a two-way conduit for information from our Academy Fellows to the AAOS Board of Directors. In this role, we identify and help find solutions to problems facing our patients' access to quality care at local, state and national levels.”

“The BOC advocates by direct involvement with legislators and policy-makers and by consistently strong participation in the Association’s PAC [political action committee]. The group meets formally three times per year at our Annual meeting, at our National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. and at the Academy’s Fall Meeting.”

“Many of those who have served on the BOC describe the experience as a highlight of their professional career, offering the opportunity to give back to their profession on behalf of their patients. I would certainly echo that sentiment.”

“This will be my seventh year on the BOC and it has been my honor to serve as Secretary, Chair-Elect and now to serve as Chair for the upcoming year.”

“As part of the leadership of the BOC, this will also be my third year on the Academy’s Board of Directors. While continuing to build on the past success of the BOC, our immediate goals are: to on-board a new communication tool for the BOC, to offer more direct involvement and accountability for each Councilor, to build participation in the AAOS PAC, to foster increased involvement of orthopaedic residents in our AAOS Resident Assembly, and to better understand the coming changes in healthcare, identifying strengths and weaknesses while helping policy-makers choose the best path that will ensure quality musculoskeletal care for our patients.”

“The passion and dedication of those who serve with me on the BOC offers our fellows and our patients a strong ally as we work to help solve the many problems in today’s healthcare environment.”

David A. Halsey, M.D.

Vermont orthopedic surgeon David A. Halsey, M.D. is on track to become president of AAOS in 2018-2019. He has just become first vice president of the AAOS Board of Directors.

Dr. Halsey is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, and a staff orthopedic surgeon at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Dr. Halsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Halsey has served in dozens of leadership roles across 15 different Academy councils and committees over his 20 years of volunteering for the AAOS including two terms on the AAOS Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Specialty Societies, chair of the Board of Councilors, chair of the Council on Advocacy and as a board member of the Association Orthopaedic PAC.

Dr. Halsey commented to OTW, “I will support AAOS members through ongoing engagement in transformational conversations with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) regarding Maintenance of Certification (MOC), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regarding orthopaedic sub-specialty fellowships.”

Asked what some doctors are not doing well in the physician-patient communication arena, he noted, “Take time to really listen to our patients’ individual preferences and to the real outcomes from treatment they seek.”

Kristy L. Weber, M.D.

Kristy L. Weber, M.D. has become second vice president of the AAOS Board of Directors, putting her in a position to be the first female president of the Academy in 2019-20.

Dr. Weber is the chief of orthopedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and director of the Sarcoma Program in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Weber specializes in diagnosing and treating adults, adolescents and children with bone and soft tissue tumors, and she focuses on complex limb salvage techniques around the hip, knee, shoulder and pelvis.

Dr. Weber earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Weber completed her orthopedic residency training at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a two-year research/clinical fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weber was a Virginia & William Percy professor of orthopedic surgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also served as the division chief of orthopedic oncology and the director of the Sarcoma Program. In 2006, Dr. Weber received the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for her research in metastatic bone disease, and her continued research initiatives have greatly contributed to the understanding of this disease.

Dr. Weber told OTW, “The challenges facing AAOS change over time and we need to prioritize the current critical issues as well as strategically plan for the future.”

“Under Dr. Maloney and Halsey’s leadership, focused efforts are already underway in a variety of important areas ranging from education to advocacy to quality. I personally believe that one of the key issues faced by our patients and our members is how to survive and eventually thrive in this age of health care uncertainty.”

“It is difficult to predict future governmental changes related to access to care and coverage, however it is clear that care is not what it should be and costs are too high. Our prior and current healthcare system will need to be modified over time to provide better care at lower cost. AAOS needs to be at that decision making table.”

“At the AAOS we have made a major commitment to quality and evidence over the past 10 years in order to determine what treatments are effective for musculoskeletal conditions and how to best provide that care. These efforts will be even more critical as we go forward. Improving the existing evidence in the field of orthopedics and using it to provide guidance to our members and patients in the form of outcome measures, clinical pathways, appropriate use criteria and performance measures will allow us to provide better and more consistent high quality care.”

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