At the 2009 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, five orthopaedic surgeons were introduced as new members of the AAOS Board of Directors. They include two specialists in joint reconstruction, a trauma surgeon, a spine surgeon, and a general orthopaedist—and they all share a strong spirit of volunteerism and a commitment to the Academy.
Daniel J. Berry, MD
Second vice president
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, Daniel J. Berry, MD, completed orthopaedic surgery residencies at Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his fellowship at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.), where he is currently professor of orthopaedics in the college of medicine and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery.
Since 1998, Dr. Berry has served on several AAOS committees and task forces, including the American Joint Replacement Registry Oversight Board and the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses Committee. He most recently served as president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and held previous leadership roles for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), the Hip Society, and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Berry has received numerous awards for clinical research from the Hip Society, the Knee Society, the AAHKS, and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). He is the author or co-author of more than 117 peer-reviewed publications and 62 book chapters.
Dr. Berry’s main focus areas for the AAOS include continuing to enhance orthopaedic patient care through innovation and patient advocacy; maintaining and expanding relationships with each of the orthopaedic specialty societies, as well as national and international orthopaedic organizations; advancing quality orthopaedic care; and improving orthopaedic education for members.
Michael L. Parks, MD
Member-at-large (younger than 45 years of age)
Michael L. Parks, MD, is currently assistant attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College (N.Y.). He specializes in treating arthritic conditions of the hip and knee.
“I look forward to the opportunity to serve,” he said. “I hope to bring the perspective of an urban practicing orthopaedist to the Board, while working to strengthen the reach of our organization.”
Dr. Parks serves on the Board of Councilors (BOC) and is past chair of the BOC Bylaws Review Committee. He is also a member of the Leadership Development Committee. An active member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), AAHKS, and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, Dr. Parks is also a guest reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and has authored numerous research papers and book chapters.
“With the constant changes in today’s healthcare environment, we as orthopaedic surgeons must remain involved locally—in our individual medical centers and communities—as well as nationally,” he said. “Only through our involvement will we advance ourselves and our ability to care for the patients whom we serve.”
David W. Polly Jr., MD
As the new secretary of the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), David W. Polly Jr., MD, will also sit on the AAOS Board of Directors.
“I am honored to work with the Academy on behalf of the orthopaedic specialty societies,” said Dr. Polly, who has been involved with the BOS for the last 8 years. “My vision and goal is to see that orthopaedic surgeons effectively convey the extraordinary benefits of orthopaedic interventions.”
Dr. Polly graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.) and received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). He completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a spine fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Currently, he is a professor in the department of neurological surgery at the University of Minnesota and in the USUHS department of surgery.
Dr. Polly is well-known as an author and lecturer. He has chaired multiple national and international continuing medical education meetings. He has served as an officer for the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and is now the secretary of the Scoliosis Research Society.
A fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a lifetime member of the Association of Military Surgeons, and a member of the North American Spine Society, Dr. Polly received the General Claire L. Chennault Award, as the outstanding teacher at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2002. He has twice testified before the Defense subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations advocating better care for injured U.S. soldiers.
David Teuscher, MD
The new secretary of the Board of Councilors (BOC), David Teuscher, MD, said “I will work tirelessly to ensure that our states’ needs are heard. I am honored and humbled to be in this role and look forward to the challenges it may bring.”
During his 13 years of military service, Dr. Teuscher was deployed to the 144th Evacuation Hospital in northern Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was the chief of surgery at Reynolds Army Community Hospital, where he received numerous military awards, commendations, and decorations. Currently, he is in private practice at the Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute, specializing in sports medicine.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Teuscher has been actively involved in public policy debates in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C., on issues of healthcare financing, expert witness testimony, property taxes, and workers compensation. An active member of the AOA, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Orthopaedic Association, Dr. Teuscher is one of the founding board members of Texas Alliance for Patient Access, the statewide coalition working for medical liability reform in Texas.
“This position will allow me to work with the BOC members to foster leadership and communication, increasing this Board’s future effectiveness with the Academy, patients, policy makers, and the public,” he said.
Paul Tornetta III, MD
Member-at-large (no age designation)
Paul Tornetta III, MD, is currently the director of orthopaedic trauma at the Boston Medical Center and professor, vice chairman, and the residency program director of orthopaedic surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree and completed his internship and orthopaedic residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Following a fellowship at Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles, Dr. Tornetta was appointed the director of orthopaedic trauma at Kings County Hospital Center and the University Hospital of Brooklyn.
Currently, his studies involve the injury patterns of elderly patients, fracture healing, and minimally invasive surgery. The author of more than 100 scientific papers, symposia, and book chapters, Dr. Tornetta is also a three-time recipient of the Robert E. Leach Resident Teaching Award.
A former president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), Dr. Tornetta currently chairs the OTA Strategic Planning & Board Development Committee. He has also served on the AAOS Instructional Course Committee and Guidelines and Technology Oversight Committees. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and as either an editor or reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of the AAOS, and the Journal of Trauma.
“As a board member,” said Dr. Tornetta, “I will work to instill a sense of urgency in making the required changes needed to provide the highest level of care for our patients, education for our colleagues, and research to improve patient outcomes.