I welcome you to Chicago and the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting.
I know this year’s event will have great impact for those in attendance, and we are glad you are here. There are a host of opportunities available to expand your knowledge while you enjoy the company of friends and colleagues.
Our annual gathering is intended to help make a difference in your practice and the care of patients through the many Instructional Course Lectures, symposia, and Specialty Day offerings.
Thursday, though, is special, and I want to highlight the exceptional events that will occur. Please, note the times and places on your event calendar and make plans to attend.
Let’s start with Your Academy on Thursday morning. We will recognize Felix H. (Buddy) Savoie III, MD, FAAOS, as he becomes the 90th president of AAOS. Buddy is a great friend, and I have enjoyed working alongside him and incoming First Vice President Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, FAAOS, over the past 12 months. Dr. Bozic and incoming Second Vice President Paul Tornetta III, MD, FAAOS, will provide us with outstanding leadership in the coming year.
At Your Academy, we also will recognize the best and brightest among us with presentations of the Humanitarian, Tipton, and Diversity awards, as well as the Kappa Delta and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Research awards. Topping off this outstanding program will be remarks from our presidential guest speaker, Jon Meacham, a gifted speaker and Pulitzer Prize–winning author.
Thursday afternoon begins with the inaugural Dominik C. Meyer Award and Lecture. The award recognizes innovation and disruption in orthopaedics and was created by Christian Gerber, MD, FRCS, and the ResOrtho Foundation.
Similar to the landmark and transformative works of Jonas Salk, MD, who developed the first successful polio vaccine, and Gerhard Küntscher, the German surgeon who created the intramedullary nail for long bone fractures, the award’s first honoree is Prof. Reinhold Ganz, MD, for his work on hip preservation.
Prof. Ganz will present his lecture, “Hip Preservation, Breaking the Rules,” and discuss cases presented by Robert Trousdale, MD, FAAOS; John Clohisy, MD, FAAOS; and Richard Santore, MD, FAAOS. I am certain everyone interested in hip surgery will want to be in attendance, but every orthopaedic surgeon, meeting attendee, and guest is encouraged to attend, enjoy the outstanding experience, and witness how true innovation impacts the care we provide to patients.
Finally, rounding out an outstanding day of events, we will feature an important President’s Forum on Ethics, Professionalism, and Harassment. We have assembled an outstanding group of speakers who will help us understand the issue and seek the best path forward.
We can all take part and make a difference. Being an ethical professional comes with the responsibility of treating everyone fairly, and there is no room for harassment of any kind. The AAOS Board of Directors wholeheartedly embraces this concept. As orthopaedic surgeons, we take on challenging cases, complex fractures, and tough revisions. We do so with determination and resolve because we know the outcome depends on our efforts. The issue of ongoing harassment requires this same dedication. Identifying effective remedies to both confront and eliminate harassment requires leadership from all of us, so please attend and show AAOS’ commitment.
I want to offer my thanks again to all who have come to Chicago and participated in our meeting. From the committee members and staff who plan, organize, and execute this marvelous event, to the many speakers and volunteers who provide us with unparalleled education, to the exhibitors and industry partners who offer us the latest in technology to provide care, and to all of you who have enjoyed gathering here to gain knowledge and share the good fellowship, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your attendance.
It has been my great honor to serve as your president, and I appreciate the tremendous support I received from the Board of Directors, our dedicated staff, and our Academy members throughout the past year. Please enjoy the many opportunities available throughout the week, and thank you again for joining us in Chicago.
Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, is 2021–2022 AAOS president and is in private practice with Emory Southern Orthopaedics in LaGrange, Ga.