Published 3/24/2022

2022–2023 AAOS Presidential Line Assumes Titles at Annual Meeting

At the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting, the members of the 2022–2023 Presidential Line assumed their new roles. New Orleans–based orthopaedic surgeon Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie III, MD, FAAOS, will serve as AAOS president for 2022–2023. Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, FAAOS, an orthopaedic surgeon from Texas, was named first vice president, and Boston orthopaedic trauma surgeon Paul Tornetta III, MD, FAAOS, will serve as second vice president.

Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie III, MD, FAAOS
Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, FAAOS
Paul Tornetta III, MD, FAAOS


Dr. Savoie takes the top leadership role in his third year of a four-year term of volunteer service on the Board of Directors (BoD). Dr. Savoie is chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, chief of the division of sports medicine, and the Ray J. Haddad Professor of Orthopaedics at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he was recruited in 2007 to rebuild the program after Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Savoie has made a significant and lasting impact as a physician, advocate, mentor, and researcher. He has been a leader within his practice areas of shoulder and elbow surgery, arthroscopy, and sports medicine, as well as in the larger orthopaedic field. His leadership roles include serving as president of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

He has a history of leadership within AAOS, previously serving as a member of the Education Council, Research and Quality Council, and Political Action Committee, as well as chair of the Committee Appointment Program Committee. He also serves as an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and has been a member of the editorial board and reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Arthroscopy, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Savoie earned his medical degree and bachelor of science in biochemistry from Louisiana State University. He completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at the University of Mississippi, followed by advanced subspecialty training with an AO international fellowship in Basel, Switzerland; a hand and microvascular fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin; an arthroscopy fellowship at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia; and a shoulder fellowship with Richard Hawkins, MD, FRCS, in London, Ontario, Canada.

First Vice President

Dr. Bozic is the inaugural chair of surgery and perioperative care at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. His new role is the second in a four-year term of volunteer service during which he will serve as president of the Academy in 2023–2024. He is an internationally recognized leader in orthopaedic surgery and value-based healthcare payment and delivery models.

Prior to joining Dell Med, Dr. Bozic was the William R. Murray Endowed Professor and vice chair of orthopaedic surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and core faculty of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He holds a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Duke University and an MD with thesis degree from UCSF. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and additional fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Bozic also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he continues to serve as a senior associate in the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Bozic manages patients with hip and knee arthritis, as well as painful hip and knee arthroplasties. He and his multidisciplinary team of providers are dedicated to improving health outcomes that matter to their patients, including pain, function, and quality of life. He has more than 18 years of experience as an adult reconstructive surgeon, performing simple and complex primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Bozic has extensive research and policy experience in the field of value-based healthcare, focused on implementation and evaluation of value-based payment and delivery models. He is the cofounder and former chair of the California Joint Replacement Registry, past chair of the American Joint Replacement Registry, and a former member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Stakeholder Group. Among his many AAOS volunteer positions, Dr. Bozic has served as a member-at-large on the BoD and chaired the Research and Quality Council.

Dr. Bozic has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, including the UCSF Exceptional Physician of the Year Award, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award, American Bone and Joint Surgeons Marshall Urist Young Investigator Award, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons James A. Rand Young Investigator Award and Lawrence D. Dorr Award, American Orthopaedic Association American-British- Canadian Exchange and North American Traveling Fellowships, Orthopaedic Research Society William Harris Award, Hip Society John Charnley Award, and Knee Society Chitranjan Ranawat Award.

Second Vice President

Dr. Tornetta will assume the second vice president position for the first in a four-year term of volunteer service within the BoD, during which he will serve as president of the Academy in 2024–2025. Dr. Tornetta serves as chief of the department of orthopaedic surgery and director of orthopaedic trauma at Boston Medical Center and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. He describes himself as a “blue-collar surgeon” who takes pride in promoting a shared decision-making model with patients and fostering lifelong professional learning for surgeons.

His reputation for fairness and transparency has earned him longtime recognition as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor every year since 1999 and a Boston Magazine Top Doc since 2006. He is past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and served on the executive committee of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) for more than a decade.

Among his many AAOS volunteer positions, Dr. Tornetta chaired the Education Council for the past four years and is past chair of the former Evaluations Committee and Annual Meeting Committee, as well as a member-atlarge on the BoD. His leadership in the collaboration among AAOS, ABOS, AOA, Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors, and AAOS Resident Assembly was instrumental in creating the new AAOS Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) curriculum. Dr. Tornetta coedits the ROCK curriculum with Carol Morris, MD, FAAOS, representing a major AAOS commitment to supporting and refining resident education.

Dr. Tornetta has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and heads the Orthopaedic Trauma Research Consortium. The consortium focuses on large-scale studies that will improve surgical best practices for some of the most common bone, joint, and muscle diseases. He has been a steering committee member for trials that won the OREF Clinical Research Award and Kappa Delta Award.

Dr. Tornetta earned his medical degree and completed his internship and orthopaedic residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn. After a fellowship at Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles, he was appointed director of orthopaedic trauma at Kings County Hospital Center and the University Hospital of Brooklyn.