Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH

AAOS Now

Published 10/1/2012
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Madeleine Lovette

2012 Health Policy Fellows Selected

David B. Bumpass, MD, and Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH, have been selected as the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) 2012–2013 Washington Health Policy Fellows (WHPF). The decision was made by the WHPF Selection Committee of the AAOS Council on Advocacy.


David B. Bumpass, MD

David B. Bumpass, MD
Dr. Bumpass is a fifth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Washington University in St. Louis and will pursue a spine fellowship next year at Washington University.

“I wanted to serve as a Health Policy Fellow to strengthen my knowledge of health policy and to help influence policy affecting orthopaedic surgeons,” said Dr. Bumpass. “This unique opportunity offered by the AAOS is a great way to get an inside view on how the AAOS advocates for its members and patients.

“Along with Dr. Samora, I am studying how orthopaedic quality measures are being developed and implemented and the potential effects of these measures on how we, as orthopaedic surgeons, conduct our practices,” Dr. Bumpass continued.

During his time as a WHPF, Dr. Bumpass hopes to learn about the changing trends for orthopaedic trauma call coverage. He wants to focus specifically on how increasing numbers of insured patients and the creation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) will affect the way that orthopaedic trauma care is delivered.

Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Samora is a fourth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with a passion to improve patient safety.

“It is an honor to be selected as a WHPF and to have the opportunity not only to learn about, but to also actively participate in, the health policy arena, especially during this election year,” said Dr. Samora. “I am eager to obtain the necessary tools to advocate on behalf of patients and surgeons and to help ensure that quality orthopaedic care can continue to be delivered.”

Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Samora will pursue a hand fellowship next year and hopes to ultimately improve the care and treatment of pediatric hand conditions and enhance quality practices in health care.

About the WHPF
Established in 2003, the WHPF program is designed to assist in the development of the advocacy leaders of tomorrow. The WHPF program provides an opportunity for 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 funds up to two orthopaedic residents per year and enables them to work in the legislative and regulatory arenas during a 12-month period.

The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of advocates who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a volunteer network built around such topics. It offers orthopaedic residents the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the health policy process and to contribute to the development of new policies and programs.

Through interaction with senior AAOS management, work on various staff projects, and participation in the development and implementation of a cohesive healthcare policy strategy, WHPFs develop a strong foundation toward becoming leaders in a challenging and exciting healthcare environment.

WHPFs may choose to work in legislative and/or regulatory arenas. WHPFs participate in lobbying efforts such as Research Capitol Hill Days and the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, produce a publishable paper during their fellowship year, and take part in meetings of relevance to their selected area of focus. The AAOS office of government relations works with the selected applicants to design a flexible program that meets the fellow’s needs, interests, and schedule.

The AAOS has received significant interest from residents wishing to assist with different advocacy efforts. The Council on Advocacy is currently assessing other avenues for resident involvement.

For more information about the WHPF program, visit www.aaos.org/dc or contact Graham Newson, associate director of the AAOS office of government relations, at 202-546-4430 or newson@aaos.org

Madeleine Lovette is the communications specialist in the AAOS office of government relations. She can be reached at lovette@aaos.org

Previous Washington Health Policy Fellows
John Froelich, MD
(2011–2012)
Roshan Shah, MD, JD
(2011–2012)
Carolyn Hettrich, MD, MPH
(2010–2011)
Richard C. (Chad) Mather III, MD
(2010–2011)
Taruna Madhav, MD
(2009–2010)
Adrian Thomas, MD
(2009–2010)
Manish Sethi, MD
(2009–2010)
Daniel Prince, MD, MPH
(2008–2009)
David H. Sohn, MD, JD
(2008–2009)
John Flint, MD
(2007)
Alex Jahangir, MD
(2007)
Ryan Nunley, MD
(2006)
Anil Ranawat, MD
(2006)
James Genuario, MD, MPH
(2005)
Alok Sharan, MD
(2005)
Sharat Kusuma, MD, MBA
(2004)
Samir Mehta, MD
(2003)
Aaron Covey, MD, MBA
(2002)