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Kristy L. Weber, MD, elected first female president

AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2019

Committed Orthopaedic Surgeons Assume New Roles on the 2019 AAOS Board of Directors

At the conclusion of the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors had six members transition into new roles.

Philadelphia orthopaedic surgeon Kristy L. Weber, MD, became AAOS’ first female president. Her presidency marks the third year of a four-year term of volunteer service; she served as second and first vice-president, respectively, of the Academy for the previous two years.

“I was told that women couldn’t get into orthopaedics when considering several different subspecialties in medical school during the late 1980s,” Dr. Weber said. “You can bet that’s all I needed to hear to solidify my choice, and I am proud to be a woman in a profession that is currently 94 percent male. While my gender does not define me, I know that reducing barriers and embracing gender, ethnic, and racial diversity in our field only stands to better our culture and better serve patients. By incorporating our unique experiences and perspectives, we can care for a more diverse patient population. Our field is the least diverse of all medical specialties, and by maintaining this status quo, we risk losing talented medical professionals who could make significant advancements in orthopaedics.”

Dr. Weber will work with the Board to oversee a new five-year strategic plan to transform AAOS to keep pace with the rapidly changing healthcare landscape and lead the way in musculoskeletal health. The proactive approach includes an improved Academy infrastructure as well as the development of high-quality tools, educational resources, and advocacy initiatives that will enhance members’ experiences and help them better serve their patients.

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. She specializes in diagnosing and treating adults, adolescents, and children with bone and soft tissue tumors, focusing on complex limb salvage techniques around the hip, knee, shoulder, and pelvis.

Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, elected first vice-president

Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, was elected first vice-president of AAOS. His new role is the second in a four-year term of volunteer service that includes serving as president of the Academy in 2020–2021.

Dr. Bosco is a professor and vice chair for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Langone Health. He specializes in sports medicine, total knee replacement, and shoulder and elbow surgery.

Dr. Bosco has been a longtime active member of AAOS and was elected to the Academy’s Board of Directors as a member-at-large in 2013. Previously, he was a member of the 2005 Leadership Fellows Program, chaired the Annual Meeting Committee, and served on the Council on Education.

Daniel K. Guy, MD, elected second vice-president

Georgia orthopaedic surgeon Daniel K. Guy, MD, was elected second vice-president. His new role is the first in a four-year term of volunteer service that includes serving as president of the Academy in 2021–2022.

Dr. Guy specializes in hip and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. He is in private practice at Emory Southern Orthopaedics in LaGrange, Ga., and is on staff at WellStar/West Georgia Health System.

Dr. Guy previously served as secretary, chair-elect, and chair of the Board of Councilors (BOC) of AAOS, where he served on the Academy Board of Directors representing the BOC. Additionally, he has served on many Academy committees, project teams, and workgroups. Dr. Guy is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the Alpha Omicron Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, elected treasurer

Philadelphia-area orthopaedic surgeon Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, was elected treasurer. Dr. Hilibrand will serve as chair (and is one of three voting members) of the Academy’s Finance Committee, which oversees the finances and fiscal health of the Academy.

Dr. Hilibrand specializes in spine surgery and has been recognized as one of the country’s top doctors and spine surgeons. 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 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Institute.

Kristy L. Weber, MD, elected first female president
Robert M. Orfaly, MD, FRCS(C), elected chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors
Dirk H. Alander, MD, MHA, FACS, elected chair of the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies

Dr. Hilibrand has served in numerous leadership roles over his 18 years volunteering with AAOS. He currently serves as a mentor for the Academy’s Leadership Fellows Program, having participated as a fellow in the class of 2005. Most recently, Dr. Hilibrand served as chair of the Communications Cabinet and as an AAOS Board of Specialty Societies Presidential Line representative for the Cervical Spine Research Society. He also has served as a deputy editor for the Journal of the AAOS (2009–2014) and as a member of the Continuing Medical Education Courses Committee (2011–2014).

James R. Ficke, MD, elected member-at-large

Baltimore orthopaedic surgeon James R. Ficke, MD, was elected a member-at-large.

Dr. Ficke is the Robert A. Robinson professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Additionally, he has an active academic and clinical orthopaedic practice in Baltimore, specializing in foot and ankle and trauma.

Dr. Ficke is a committed volunteer with AAOS. He is currently a mentor for the Academy’s Leadership Fellows Program. In 2016, he was the program chair for the AAOS Annual Meeting, and he also has served as chair of the Extremity War Injuries Project Team and a member of the American College of Surgeons Disaster Committee and Committee on Trauma. He currently serves on the AAOS/American College of Surgeons Advisory Committee and as an Ambassador for the Office of Government Relations.

Rachel Y. Goldstein, MD, MPH, elected member-at-large

Orthopaedic surgeon Rachel Y. Goldstein, MD, MPH, was elected to the Board and will serve the organization in the capacity of a member-at-large under 45 years of age.

Dr. Goldstein is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she serves as director of the Hip Preservation Program, as well as director of resident education. As an AAOS member, Dr. Goldstein served on the Academy’s Appropriate Use Criteria writing panel for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip (2016–2017).

BOS and BOC announce new chairs

Portland, Ore., orthopaedic surgeon Robert M. Orfaly, MD, FRCS(C), became chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC) at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting.

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, Councils, Cabinet, and Committees.

Dr. Orfaly is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Oregon Health and Science University. His areas of interest include shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff disorders, upper extremity trauma, shoulder biomechanics, and orthopaedic implant design.

Dr. Orfaly also assumes chair of the AAOS Membership and Leadership Development Committee this year. He was elected to the position of BOC secretary two years ago and has been an active volunteer with the Academy for more than a decade. He has served on the Communications Cabinet, participated in the Leadership Fellows Program, and was a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Evaluation Committee and the Trauma Program Committee.

Pennsylvania orthopaedic surgeon Dirk H. Alander, MD, MHA, FACS, was elected chair of the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting.

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.

Dr. Alander is chief of quality of the musculoskeletal institute in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He is a spine surgeon attending at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

Dr. Alander has served on numerous AAOS committees and councils, including the Political Action Committee, Council on Advocacy, and the BOS, where he most recently served as secretary and chair-elect. He is a past chair of the Membership and Leader Development Committee. In addition, he held several roles at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and has served on the boards of directors of ASIA and the Cervical Spine Research Society.