David A. Halsey, MD, named president

AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2018

Best of Orthopaedic Community Bolster the 2018 AAOS Board of Directors

At the conclusion of the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the AAOS Board of Directors had eight members transition into new roles.

The 2018 Board of Directors will build on the previous Board’s momentum, enabling the organization to evolve and keep pace with the ever-changing healthcare environment.



David A. Halsey, MD, became the president of the AAOS Board of Directors. His presidency marks year three of a four-year commitment, after serving as a vice-president of the Academy for the previous two years.

“It is my privilege and sincere honor to serve as president of an organization I strongly believe in and deeply value,” Dr. Halsey said. “The healthcare landscape is evolving every day and a variety of opportunities and challenges are ahead of us. Together with the Board, I will work alongside the Academy staff leadership to continue the critical and careful look at education, partnerships, quality and advocacy communications to ensure our 38,000 members are set-up to succeed in various practice settings and can continue to provide the best possible care to patients.”

For more than 30 years, Dr. Halsey has been helping patients with disorders of the joints, muscles, and bones. Currently, Dr. Halsey is the chief of Orthopaedic Surgery Division at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and a full professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt.

Dr. Halsey has served in dozens of leadership roles across 15 different Academy councils and committees over his 20 years of volunteering for the Academy, including two terms on the Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Specialty Societies, chair of the Board of Councilors, chair of the Council on Advocacy, and as a board member of the Association Orthopaedic Political Action Committee.



Kristy L. Weber, MD, became first vice-president of the AAOS Board of Directors. The new role is the second in a four-year term of volunteer service, which will culminate with her serving as the first female president of the Academy in 2019–20.

Dr. Weber 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 in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Weber specializes in diagnosing and treating adults, adolescents, and children with bone and soft tissue tumors, and she focuses on complex limb salvage techniques around the hip, knee, shoulder, and pelvis.

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue serving in a leadership capacity for AAOS,” Dr. Weber said. “I will work tirelessly to help unify and collectively unite our voices in both quality and advocacy issues to ensure that we all can continue to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.”

In 2006, Dr. Weber received the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for her research in metastatic bone disease, and her continued research initiatives have greatly contributed to a better understanding of this disease.

For more than 16 years, Dr. Weber has held numerous leadership roles to help advance the orthopaedic profession. She chaired the AAOS Council on Research and Quality for four years and served on the AAOS Board of Directors. Dr. Weber has also served on the boards of six other orthopaedic-focused societies.



Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, became second vice-president of the AAOS Board of Directors. Dr. Bosco’s new role is the first in a four-year term of volunteer service that includes him serving as president of the Academy in 2020–21.

Dr. Bosco is a professor and vice chair for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He specializes in sports medicine, total knee replacement, shoulder, and elbow surgery.
Dr. Bosco has been a long-time active member of the Academy and was elected to the Academy’s Board of Directors in 2013. He also was a member of the 2005 Leadership Fellows Program (LFP), previously chaired the Annual Meeting Committee, and served on the Council on Education.



Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, was named treasurer-elect of the AAOS Board of Directors. He will assume the position of treasurer in 2019 for a three-year commitment.

The treasurer serves as chair and one of three voting members of the AAOS Finance Committee. The committee manages the finances and fiscal health of the Academy.

David A. Halsey, MD, named president
Kristy L. Weber, MD, named first vice president
Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, named second vice president
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, named treasurer-elect
Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, MS, named member
Thomas W. Throckmorton, MD, named member
Basil R. Besh, MD, named chair of the AAOS BOC
Amy L. Ladd, MD, named chair of the AAOS BOS

Dr. Hilibrand is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery. He is the vice-chairman of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Joseph and Marie Field Professor of Spinal Surgery, and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at the Rothman Institute and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia. Additionally, Dr. Hilibrand is the codirector of Spinal Surgery and Director of the Spine Fellowship at the Rothman Institute.

Dr. Hilibrand has served in numerous leadership roles over his 12 years volunteering with AAOS. For the past four years, he served as chair of the Communications Cabinet and as an AAOS Board of Specialty Societies Presidential Line representative for the Cervical Spine Research Society.



Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, MS, became a member of the AAOS Board of Directors.
Dr. Matzkin is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of women’s sports medicine and surgical director of women’s musculoskeletal health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She specializes in providing care and the prevention of sports injuries, including minimally invasive arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, cartilage and ligament repair, and joint preservation.

Dr. Matzkin currently serves as a team physician for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, U.S. Paralympics Soccer Team, U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, and is the head team physician of Stonehill College.

Dr. Matzkin has been actively involved with the Academy for more than 11 years and recently served as chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Board.



Thomas W. “Quin” Throckmorton, MD, became a member of the AAOS Board of Directors.

Dr. Throckmorton is a professor and orthopaedic residency program director at University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Campbell Foundation.

Dr. Throckmorton has been actively involved in the Academy for many years. He previously served on the AAOS Annual Meeting and Central Program committees and was a member and chair of the AAOS Central Instructional Course Committee. Dr. Throckmorton participated in the LFP and also held numerous volunteer leadership positions within AAOS.



Basil R. Besh, MD, became the chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC). He was elected to the leadership line of the BOC two years ago.

The BOC consists of more than 100 members elected by state and regional orthopaedic societies, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. military, Canada, and four regional societies. The BOC serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and committees. The BOC also manages the Academy’s relations with state and regional orthopaedic societies and conducts a wide range of programs to strengthen and support the societies.

Dr. Besh is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow conditions. He currently is the medical director and founder of both Fremont Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Medicine and Access Omnicare. Dr. Besh also is the medical director of Precision Surgicenter also in Fremont, Calif.

As a volunteer and leader for AAOS, Dr. Besh currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Council on Education. He previously served on the Publications Committee, the Council on Advocacy, the Communications Cabinet, and the BOC. He also participated as a fellow in the LFP (Class of 2013).

Dr. Besh is the current president of the California Orthopaedic Association and is a delegate for the California Medical Association. He also is the chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Opioid Best Practices for the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association.



Amy L. Ladd, MD, became the chair of the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies (BOS). She was elected to serve in the BOS leadership line two years ago. The BOS brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. It also serves as an advisory entity to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy.

Dr. Ladd specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. She is a professor and chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand and Upper Limb Center at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and the chief of the Children’s Hand Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She also is vice-chair of academic affairs for the Department Orthopaedics and assistant dean for medical student advising at Stanford.

Dr. Ladd has been actively involved with AAOS for more than 20 years.