AAOS Now, April 2014
Frederick M. Azar, MD, Assumes AAOS Presidency
“I chose to become an orthopaedic surgeon for the opportunity to restore patient function and improve lives,” said Frederick M. Azar, MD, who assumed the presidency of the AAOS during the Ceremonial Meeting at the 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting. “Nothing else in medicine comes remotely close to what we as orthopaedic surgeons do.” Dr. Azar’s passion for orthopaedics is the driving force behind his commitment to lead the Academy in the year ahead.
AAOS Board of Directors Adopts New Strategic Plan
During the AAOS Board of Directors meeting during the 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting, the Board adopted a new strategic plan, mission statement, and vision statement for the AAOS. “Vision 20/20” outlines the Academy’s core values and strategic domains, which are supported by essential components, goals, objectives, and strategies.
Forum Examines Stem Cells in Orthopaedics
The ability of stem cells to divide and become more specialized cells—such as bone, blood, or muscle—makes them attractive agents in many areas of medicine. Additionally, the ability to harvest stem cells from an individual and reimplant them in the same individual, thus potentially reducing or eliminating the risk of infection, makes stem cell therapy appealing to both patients and physicians.