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Published 12/1/2008
Jeanie Kennedy

Sohn, Prince named 2008 Washington Health Policy Fellows

David H. Sohn, JD, MD, and Daniel Eduardo Prince, MD, MPH, are the 2008 AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellows.

An assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery, division of sports medicine, at the University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Medicine, Dr. Sohn earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, completed his orthopaedic residency at William Beaumont Hospital, in Royal Oak, Mich., and finished a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at Duke University, in Durham, N.C.

His clinical interests are in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, cartilage restoration of the knee, retrograde “all-inside” anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction of the knee, and rotator cuff repair of the shoulder; his primary research interest is in cartilage restoration and the design of engineered scaffolds.

“My main interest as a Washington Health Policy Fellow,” says Dr. Sohn, “is to help raise awareness and participation in current health policy issues. Specifically, I would like to get more of the AAOS membership base actively contributing to the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC). Trial lawyers average about 90 percent participation in their PAC. Orthopaedic surgeons are at 28 percent participation. If we can get that number up in the next year, that is a success in my opinion.”

Dr. Prince completed his internship and residency at Columbia University Medical Center; he received his medical degree and master’s in public health from Yale University School of Medicine, where his concentration was on American public policy. He is currently involved in several research projects at Columbia’s Center for Orthopaedic Research.

“I am thrilled to be a Health Policy Fellow; it’s the perfect complement for my degree in public health,” says Dr. Prince. “I am excited to help orthopaedic surgeons step up and become active participants in controlling our destiny, our profession, and the care of our patients.

“As physicians, we have focused on helping others but have not been as involved in the discussions about how to utilize the science and medicine available to patients. The physician-patient relationship should be the central determinant of that choice. Not getting involved is the single most dangerous thing a physician can do in the current climate, especially as broad changes are expected in the near future.”

Jeanie Kennedy is the AAOS manager of regulatory affairs in the office of government relations; she can be reached at jkennedy@aaos.org

Submit your application now
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is currently accepting applications for the 2009 AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellowship Program.

The fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity for exceptional senior orthopaedic residents and fellows-in-training with an interest in healthcare policy to take part in and understand the health policy processes at the federal level. The program will fund up to two orthopaedic residents per year and provide them the opportunity to work in the legislative and regulatory arenas during a 12-month period beginning in late April 2009. Attendance at some AAOS meetings, such as the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, is required. The AAOS office of government relations will work with the selected applicants to design a flexible program that meets his/her needs, interests and schedule.

Please alert resident members of your department about this exciting opportunity. The deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2008.

For more information and application materials, please visit the AAOS office of government relations Web site at http://www.aaos.org/Govern/public/publicinfo.asp, or contact Jeanie Kennedy, AAOS manager of regulatory affairs at (202) 546-4430 or jkennedy@aaos.org