New procedure enhances transparency
Under new Bylaws adopted after the 2008 AAOS Annual Meeting, the AAOS 2009 Nominating Committee released its recommended slate of officers and a complete explanation of the process of selection on Dec. 26, 2008 via a Member Alert e-mail and fax-blast to all fellows.
According to Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, chair of the 2009 Nominating Committee, “AAOS is indeed blessed with a number of highly qualified individuals willing to serve in a limited number of important leadership positions. The 2009 Nominating Committee considered 11 candidates for the office of Second Vice-President; 10 candidates for the position of Member-at-Large (no age designation); 4 candidates for the position of Member-at-Large (under age 45); 1 candidate to serve as a member of the AAOS National Membership Committee; and 25 candidates to serve as one of the AAOS’ four nominees to the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).”
The following individuals received the recommendation of the Nominating Committee to serve in the specified AAOS leadership position:
- Second Vice President: Daniel J. Berry, MD
- Member-at-Large (no age designation): Paul Tornetta III, MD
- Member-at-Large (under age 45): Michael L. Parks, MD
- National Membership Committee representative: Lisa K. Cannada, MD
- Nominees to the ABOS: J. Lawrence Marsh, MD; Sohail K. Mirza, MD, MPH; Elizabeth A. Szalay, MD; and David C. Teague, MD.
“We are certain that these individuals will represent the AAOS and its members well and will work diligently to enhance the value of AAOS to our Fellows and the public,” said Dr. Weinstein.
In addition to Dr. Weinstein, the 2009 Nominating Committee included Thomas A. Einhorn, MD; Richard H. Gelberman, MD; David L. Helfet, MD; Ramon L. Jimenez, MD; Bernard F. Morrey, MD; and Augustus A. White III, MD, PhD.
To review how the committee came to its decisions, read Dr. Weinstein’s message on the AAOS Web site
As no alternate nominees were proposed by the established deadline, these candidates will be the slate presented at the Business Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, in Las Vegas. AAOS fellows present at the meeting will have the opportunity to vote on these recommendations; no other nominations will be allowed from the floor. In addition, AAOS fellows will be able to propose fellows to serve on the 2010 Nominating Committee. The full fellowship will have the opportunity to select the 2010 Nominating Committee after the Annual Meeting.