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Leigha M. Barbieri, PA-C

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Why did you join AAOS?
I have found AAOS to be an extremely informative and helpful organization. As a PA and affiliated professional member, I think it's important to be involved in AAOS in order to build a cohesive relationship between allied health professionals and physicians in orthopaedics.
 
Do you currently volunteer with a committee? If yes, which one(s)?
I do not, but I'd love to build an Allied Health AAOS committee if it doesn't already exist!
 
How do you define success?
I define success as being able to do what you love to the best of your ability, while inspiring as many people as possible along the way.  
 
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Mia Hamm. She is the epitome of hard work and talent combined, and although I didn't follow in her soccer footsteps, her success inspired me to work hard and to never limit myself in my goals and aspirations.
 
What do you love most about AAOS?
The annual meeting! And how it provides such a wealth of information in all aspects of orthopaedics, as well as the opportunity to learn about and try new medical technology.
 
What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
Attend the annual meeting, you will not be disappointed. It's also helpful to read through the newsletters and journals and keep yourself up to date and informed on the latest orthopaedic research and news.
 
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?  
I got my black belt in taekwondo when I was eight years old.