Published 2/24/2023

AAOS Board Takes Professional Compliance Actions

At its meeting on Dec. 2, 2022, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) considered the following compliance matters not related to the AAOS Standards of Professionalism and took the actions indicated.

Woojin Cho, MD, PhD
Hartsdale, N.Y.
In May 2022, Dr. Cho was convicted in New York state court of forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse, and second-degree harassment. These charges reportedly stemmed from an incident with a female, aged 22 years, who had seen Dr. Cho as a patient. He was arrested in September 2020, convicted of the aforementioned charges in May 2022, and sentenced to nine months in jail for the misdemeanors.

The AAOS Board of Directors voted to expel Dr. Cho.

Keith P. Hughes, MD
Lincoln, Neb.
In March 2021, Dr. Hughes entered into an Agreed Settlement with the Nebraska Board of Medicine and Surgery, in which his license to practice medicine was revoked for a minimum of two years. The action stemmed from incidents in which Dr. Hughes was alleged to have prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets for a patient and then bought many of them back for personal use. In July 2020, he was arrested and cited for possession with intent to distribute. He was indicted in criminal court and entered a guilty plea; he was fined and sentenced to five years’ probation.

The AAOS Board of Directors voted to expel Dr. Hughes.

Gary R. Wisner, MD
Lodi, Calif.
In June 2022, Dr. Wisner was convicted of 10 felony counts of healthcare insurance fraud in California. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the California Department of Justice, Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse into the overbilling of Medi-Cal and Medicare programs, wherein patients were subjected to unnecessary radiography. In September 2022, the Medical Board of California issued an order for automatic suspension of Dr. Wisner’s license to practice medicine.

The AAOS Board of Directors voted to expel Dr. Wisner.

Visit aaos.org/profcomp for more information.