New editor-in-chief of AAOS Now takes charge
With this issue, Texas orthopaedic surgeon Eeric Truumees, MD, steps into the role of editor-in-chief of AAOS Now. For the past year, Dr. Truumees has served as editor-in-chief designee, working with S. Terry Canale, MD, inaugural editor-in-chief of AAOS Now, to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Canale served as editor-in-chief since the publication’s inception in 2006.
Dr. Truumees is a board-certified spine surgeon who practices at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center in Austin, Texas. He graduated from college and medical school with honors from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He completed his residency training at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and a spine fellowship at the William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. Before joining Seton Spine and Scoliosis, he served as attending surgeon in the department of orthopaedic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital and clinical director at the Harold W. Gehring Center for Biomechanical Research and Implant Retrieval.
Dr. Truumees has served in various leadership roles at AAOS and the North American Spine Society (NASS); he is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine. He has more than 14 years of editorial leadership experience, including 6 years as editor of the NASS publication SpineLine.
“Dr. Canale’s are very big shoes to fill,” said Dr. Truumees. “It’s an exciting time, but also one with tremendous challenges.” Among these challenges are the implementation of the ICD-10 coding system, the elimination of global service fees for surgeries, and the proliferation of data reporting requirements and quality ratings, which he identified in his article “Hot Topics in 2015” (AAOS Now, February 2015).
AAOS Now is a “unique publication in the orthopaedic world that offers updates on the science of orthopaedics, as well as the legal, political and socioeconomic implications of an evolving profession,” said Dr. Truumees. “The advances in orthopaedics and health care are coming rapidly. It’s challenging to be abreast of them all, which is where AAOS Now comes in. It’s a rewarding role to help orthopaedic surgeons to sort through all of the information and to bring them what they need to know.”
Dr. Truumees plans to work closely with AAOS Now and Academy staff to make content easily accessible on the Internet, as well as on member smart phones and tablets, and to offer news in different formats such as video.
“Increasingly, AAOS Now will become a multimedia experience providing content through simple clicks on hyperlinks, through phone applications and other evolving technologies,” he said.
In the AAOS disclosure database, Dr. Truumees reports having stock or stock options in the Doctors Research Group, a biomedical company that develops bone repair solutions. His institution has received research support from Globus Medical and Relievant. He receives intellectual property royalties from Stryker. The editor-in-chief of AAOS Now can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org