“Specific minority groups are at higher risk for certain diseases and respond differently to the various treatments available. I believe I will be able to help the AAOS Board interpret and understand the differing needs of our growing minority groups, in particular, the Hispanic, African American, Asian and American Indian populations,” said Mr. Wilhoit.


Published 3/1/2007

Wilhoit named new lay Board member

Zachary Wilhoit, an entrepreneur and CEO of ETECH LLC (Ethnic Technologies), has been named the new lay member of the AAOS Board of Directors. Mr. Wilhoit has a masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also a Harvard MBA. He is a recognized expert in the field of multicultural initiatives and global diversity.

Zachary Wilhoit

For more than 30 years, he has volunteered in hospital emergency rooms and has a realistic view of the enormous pressures physicians and our healthcare face today. “I have always had an interest in medicine. I also bring the perspective of a business leader to this field [orthopaedic surgery] that is faced with complex business issues—from using information technology to manage all types of patient and medical information to understanding the pressures employers confront when trying to provide a high level of health care to their employees. I hope to be a resource for the Academy. It is such an honor to serve as the lay member on this Board of Directors,” said Mr. Wilhoit.

In outlining his main priorities for the Academy, Mr. Wilhoit said he hoped to be able to:

  • Interpret and help the Board understand state-of-the-art digital information technology and its applicability in various medical settings
  • Help AAOS effectively influence both business and government decisions
  • Help identify issues early, so the AAOS can be pro-active in addressing them.