At the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, six orthopaedic surgeons were introduced as new members of the AAOS Board of Directors. Although they come from different parts of the country and represent various specialties and professional societies, the new members share a strong commitment to the Academy.
John J. Callaghan, MD
Second Vice President
“I’ve always been committed to the AAOS, which is one of the leading orthopaedic organizations in the world,” said new second vice president John J. Callaghan, MD. “It will be a great honor to serve the fellowship in this capacity.”
Dr. Callaghan has received a number of awards, including two traveling fellowships from the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award. He is a five-time Hip Society award recipient (four Frank Stinchfield awards and one Charnley award).
The author of several articles and texts, Dr. Callaghan also serves as a consultant reviewer for several journals, including The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He has been active in the Academy for more than 20 years, serving on various educational committees and subcommittees, particularly in self-assessment and examination.
In addition to being an AAOS fellow, Dr. Callaghan is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and belongs to several other medical organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He currently serves on the boards of the OREF, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), Hip Society, and Knee Society.
Frederick M. Azar, MD
A 2002 graduate of the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program, Dr. Azar has completed two sports medicine fellowships—one at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the other was an AOSSM traveling fellowship. He has served as an ABOS examiner and is currently on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for AAOS Now. He has contributed numerous chapters to orthopaedic textbooks, including several editions of Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics, and is a frequent contributor to orthopaedic journals. He currently is serving as editor for Instructional Course Lectures 58.
Dr. Azar is active in a number of professional societies, including the AOA, AOSSM, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and Tennessee Orthopaedic Society. He serves as team physician for the Memphis Grizzlies National Basketball Association team, as well as for the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University athletics.
Most recently, Dr. Azar served as the chairman of the Instructional Course Lectures committee for the 2008 Annual Meeting.
Leesa M. Galatz, MD
Leesa M. Galatz, MD, is associate professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery, shoulder and elbow service, and is shoulder and elbow fellowship director at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she also completed her internship and residency, Dr. Galatz went on to specialize in shoulder and elbow surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical and research interests focus on rotator cuff healing.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to represent the interests of younger fellows at the AAOS,” she said. “This is a time of tremendous change in medicine and orthopaedics, and I hope to contribute the perspective of younger surgeons who are entering and beginning practice in this rapidly changing environment. I am also uniquely qualified to advocate for diversity within orthopaedics. I look forward to serving the AAOS fellowship in this position.”
Michael F. Schafer, MD
Dr. Schafer is active in several medical societies, including the AOA, the AOSSM, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the North American Spine Society (NASS). He is an honorary member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS).
In addition to being a widely published author, he is a tireless volunteer. He chaired the AOSSM ethics committee as it confronted the problems associated with the practice of purchasing the right to serve as team physician and has advised the AAOS Board of Councilors on this same topic, which led to proposed revisions for the Standards of Professionalism on Providing Musculoskeletal Services to Patients. Currently, he serves on the Academy’s Communication Cabinet and the Editorial Board of AAOS Now.
“I am honored and humbled,” he said, “recognizing this responsibility to current and future members. I bring a unique perspective—as a patient, as a department chair facing similar economic issues as orthopaedists in private practice, and as a clinician serving large numbers of ‘baby boomers.’”
Richard J. Barry, MD
Board of Councilors (BOC) Secretary
A spine surgeon in private practice, Richard J. Barry, MD, is also a BOC representative from California. Prior to entering medical school, he served as an instructor pilot for the U.S. Air Force, and received the Air Medal for flying 35 combat missions during his tour in Viet Nam. He is a glider instructor pilot and continues to carry a commercial pilot’s license.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical School, he served his orthopaedic residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Barry specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has been awarded a U.S. patent for a novel minimally invasive spinal fusion implant. Dr. Barry is a clinical faculty member of the University of California Davis Department of Orthopaedics. He has developed a personal computer-based virtual reality spine fluoroscopic navigation simulator for surgeon education. He is a national speaker on perioperative pain management and medical economics.
Dr. Barry sits on the new spine technology committee for the Sutter Neuroscience Institute and is the principle investigator for an animal study of a new pedicle implant for the German firm Bietermann Motech AG.
M. Bradford Henley, MD
Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Secretary
A graduate of the University of Washington, with both a master’s in business administration and a medical degree, M. Bradford Henley, MD, served his orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He went on to complete a trauma fellowship at Technical University of Munich (Germany) and began his academic career in 1985 as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. He is currently a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington.
Dr. Henley currently serves as editor of the CPT/ICD-9 Cross-Reference for Orthopaedic Surgery and the Complete Global Service Data for Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as the Orthopaedic CPT Coding Guide. He is a member of the Orthopedics Today editorial advisory board (trauma section) and a consultant reviewer for both JBJS and the Journal of Trauma.
“My appointment as Secretary is a great honor,” Dr. Henley said. “The BOS philosophy is about promoting unity among the specialty societies through education, communication, and collaboration. I’m glad to be extending my passion for teaching into this prestigious organization.”
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