Published 8/28/2017

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons names Dino Damalas chief operating officer; Paul Haisman, chief information officer

ROSEMONT, Ill. (August 28, 2017) — The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has appointed two new executive staff members: Dino Damalas to the position of chief operating officer; and Paul Haisman to chief information officer, technology and data services.
“The Academy is extremely pleased to welcome these two experienced professionals,” said AAOS CEO Thomas Arend, Jr., Esq., CAE, who joined the Academy on April 1. “Dino and Paul will play a critical role in assessing the Academy’s immediate and long-term goals to ensure that the organization continues to thrive in a competitive environment, and most importantly, continues to provide high value programs and services to our orthopaedic members.”

In his new role, Damalas will oversee the operations of the Academy, primarily focusing on strategic planning, culture and governance.
Damalas comes to AAOS from the American College of Cardiology where he served as vice president of technology and business services, successfully leading and managing a team of more than 90 employees. He previously held technology positions at BRTRC Federal Solutions and Etensity Information Services, both near Washington, DC. Damalas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from George Mason University. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a former sergeant in the Marine Corp., and an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America.

As chief information officer, Haisman will oversee project management, business systems, application development and network services for the Academy. Haisman comes to AAOS from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) where he was the chief technology officer, helping to transform that organization into a top-tier health care technology business. Prior to working at AJRR, Haisman was vice president of information technology for the YMCA of the USA, a non-profit organization supporting 2,700 locations and 25,000 full-time staff.

Haisman has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Hodges University.

Damalas and Haisman will work in the Academy’s offices in Rosemont, Ill.

About the AAOS
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.

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