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AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2017

Meet Your New Board Members and Council Chair

Five orthopaedic surgeons and one lay member took their places on the AAOS Board of Directors during the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, and an orthopaedist was also appointed to serve as a council chair. They were introduced to the fellowship at that time; here's your opportunity to meet them.

Kristy L. Weber, MD
Second Vice-President
The first female member of the AAOS Presidential Line, Kristy L. Weber, MD, is the chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Sarcoma Program at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Weber specializes in diagnosing and treating adults, adolescents, and children with bone and soft-tissue tumors, and complex limb salvage techniques around the hip, knee, shoulder, and pelvis. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weber was a Virginia & William Percy professor of orthopaedic surgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also served as the division chief of orthopaedic oncology and the director of the Sarcoma Program. In 2006, Dr. Weber received the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for her research in metastatic bone disease. Her continued research initiatives have greatly contributed to the understanding of this disease. Dr. Weber has held numerous leadership roles to help advance the orthopaedic profession. She chaired the AAOS Council on Research and Quality and has served on the Boards of Directors of the AAOS, American Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Research Society, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS), and the Connective Tissue Oncology Society. Dr. Weber has also participated in the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) as both a mentor and a fellow.
Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS
Member-at-large
Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurological surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also the director of the Spine Fellowship and the director of the Spinal Tumors Center. Dr. Buchowski specializes in surgical treatment of primary and metastatic spinal tumors, adult spine deformity, and complex reconstructive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His research interests include clinical outcomes following surgical and nonsurgical treatment for primary spinal tumors and metastatic spine disease and clinical outcomes following surgery for adult spinal deformity and complex reconstructive surgery. Dr. Buchowski has been actively involved with the AAOS and other orthopaedic and spine surgery societies. 
Ronald A. Navarro, MD
Member-at-large
Ronald A. Navarro, MD, is regional chief of orthopaedic surgery at Kaiser Permanente in southern California. Dr. Navarro helps manage orthopaedic services from Santa Barbara to San Diego, with 13 individual Kaiser Permanente Medical Center chiefs, collaboratively leading more than 200 orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Navarro has been actively involved with the AAOS for more than 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Councilors (BOC). He previously served on the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and participated in the LFP as both a mentor and a fellow and held numerous other volunteer leadership positions within the AAOS. In addition, Dr. Navarro is a member of the California Orthopaedic Association's presidential line.
Robert M. Orfaly, MD, FRCS
BOC Secretary
The new BOC secretary, Robert M. Orfaly, MD, FRCS, is associate professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Oregon Health and Science University. His areas of interest include orthopaedic implant design and clinical evaluation, shoulder biomechanics, and upper extremity trauma. At the AAOS, Dr. Orfaly currently serves on the Communications Cabinet and has participated in the LFP. He was a previous member of the Shoulder and Elbow Evaluation Committee and the Trauma Program Committee. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in 2010. Dr. Orfaly is currently president of the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association Orthopaedic Section Executive Committee.

Dirk H. Alander, MD
BOS Secretary
Pennsylvania orthopaedic surgeon Dirk H. Alander, MD, became the new BOS secretary. He is chief of quality, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and orthopaedic spine surgery attending at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa.  Dr. Alander has served on numerous AAOS committees and councils, including the Political Action Committee and the BOC, where he previously was chair of State Legislative & Regulations Affairs and representative to the Patient Safety Committee. He is a current member of the Membership Committee. He has also held several roles at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and currently serves on the boards of directors of ASIA and the Cervical Spine Research Society.  
James J. Balaschak
Lay Member
James J. Balaschak is a retired partner at Deloitte with more than 30 years of U.S. and international experience in Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. During his career, he managed an extensive portfolio of energy sector clients in oil and gas, power and utilities, clean technology, and alternative energy. He is a thought leader in energy with more than 200 public speaking engagements and publications. Mr. Balaschak also is an active civic participant on numerous professional, cultural, and civic boards and holds two U.S. patents for nuclear plant applications. 
Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA
Council on Advocacy Chair
Dr. Lundy is copresident of Resurgens Orthopaedics in Marietta, Ga., specializing in the care of patients with multiple injuries and complex fractures. He practices at WellStar Kennestone Hospital where he is cochair of the WellStar Musculoskeletal Service Line and past chief of surgery. Dr. Lundy has been treasurer of the Association's Orthopaedic PAC, a member of both the Council on Advocacy and the Communications Cabinet, past chair of the Medical Liability Committee, and participated in the LFP. Since 2012, Dr. Lundy has served as a director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is the treasurer and chair of the Oral Examination Committee. He is the chief financial officer-elect for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). He previously served on the OTA's Board of Directors as a member-at-large, leading the OTA's effort to produce performance measures with the AAOS. He also served as chair of the OTA Health Policy Committee and is on the OTA Board of Specialty Societies.