At the 2022 Annual Meeting, three orthopaedic surgeons took their places on the AAOS Board of Directors (BoD), and two surgeons assumed their roles as chairs of the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and the Board of Councilors (BOC).
Michael L. Parks, MD, FAAOS, was named BoD treasurer. Dr. Parks is associate attending at Hospital for Special Surgery and associate professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York. He specializes in the surgical treatment of adults with arthritis requiring reconstructive procedures of the hip and knee.
Dr. Parks has led several research projects at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a particular interest in socioeconomic and racial disparities in access to arthritis care and total joint replacement surgery. His research has led to the publication of numerous journal articles related to joint replacement outcomes and racial differences. In 2019, he was the recipient of the AAOS Diversity Award.
Dr. Parks has served as president of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as a member of the AAOS BoD and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) board of directors. Within AAOS, he has served on the BOC, Annual Meeting Committee, Resolutions Committee, and former Publications Committee.
Dr. Parks graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After completing an internship in general and thoracic surgery, followed by an orthopaedic residency at Duke University Medical Center, he continued his training at Hospital for Special Surgery with a fellowship on the Hip and Knee Service, where he remains in practice today.
Two surgeons joined the BoD in the member-at-large capacity: Chad A. Krueger, MD, FAAOS, and Toni M. McLaurin, MD, FAAOS.
Dr. Krueger is an associate with the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He will serve the organization in the capacity of a member-at-large under 45 years of age. Through his military service and subsequent practice,
Dr. Krueger has become an emerging leader in hip and knee replacement surgery and health policy. Dr. Krueger has served on multiple committees and boards at state, regional, and national levels. Within AAOS, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Political Action Committee, the Communications Cabinet, the Membership Council, and the Adult Reconstruction Hip Program Committee. He recently completed a health policy fellowship with AAHKS and the American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leader Program. He is associate editor of the Journal of Arthroplasty and former deputy editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
During his nine years as a U.S. Army officer, Dr. Krueger served at four military hospitals in the United States and Kuwait and completed a research fellowship at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam in Houston. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service.
Dr. Krueger earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Delaware and his medical degree from the University of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in hip and knee replacement surgery at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.
Also joining as a member-at-large is Dr. McLaurin, professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for NYU Langone Orthopedics. She is also associate director of orthopaedic surgery and chief of orthopaedic service at Bellevue Hospital Center.
Dr. McLaurin is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon with interests including musculoskeletal infections and reconstructive orthopaedic trauma, especially post-traumatic deformity correction. She has been involved in resident education for her entire career, receiving multiple Teacher of the Year awards at both NYU and Emory University. She works with medical students and premedical or high school students through pipeline activities to mentor and encourage interest in orthopaedics.
Dr. McLaurin is an active member of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, AO Trauma North America, and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and she previously served on the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board. Dr. McLaurin received a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She completed her residency at Michigan State University and an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.
Alexandra “Alexe” Page, MD, FAAOS, was named chair of the BOS. Dr. Page is a foot and ankle specialist in private practice in San Diego, and she also serves as an advisor on high-value care delivery and equitable care. Dr. Page applies her clinical and healthcare industry knowledge to promote value- based, equitable musculoskeletal care through her work to reduce healthcare disparities and revise health policy.
Dr. Page has served for eight years on the AAOS Health Care Systems Committee, including four as chair, in addition to five years on the orthopaedic delegation for the American Medical Association. She began working with the BOS in 2013 and subsequently chaired the BOS Communications Committee. She also served on AAOS’ Nominating Committee. She is past president of the California Orthopaedic Association and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) and is chair-elect of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Dr. Page earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Claudette M. Lajam, MD, FAAOS, was named chair of the BOC. Dr. Lajam is the first Latina chair of the BOC and the second woman to serve in this role. She is chief orthopaedic safety officer, chief of quality for the adult reconstruction division, and master high-reliability organization trainer at NYU Langone Orthopedics, in addition to associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Lajam specializes in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement.
Promoting professional growth for the increasing number of female orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Lajam is past president of RJOS and has served on the AAOS Political Action Committee. A first-generation Dominican American, she is a member of the American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons. Previously, Dr. Lajam was a member of the AAOS Education Council and chaired the Central Program Committee for the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting. She also serves as a mentor for the AAOS Leadership Institute. She was honored as “Advocate of the Year” in 2019 by the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Lajam received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her medical degree from Cornell University, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed residency training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and an adult reconstructive fellowship at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute in New York City. She has published widely on the topics of quality and safety, healthcare disparities, telehealth, medical ethics, knee and hip replacement, and technology-assisted surgery.