Alisa Alayan, MD

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Why did you join AAOS?

I joined AAOS since the beginning of residency as I wanted to be part of the organization shaping the future of orthopaedic surgery.

How do you define success?

Success, in my opinion, comes in many forms. I look at it as achieving a specific planned goal that I put in front of myself. Everyone’s specific goal is different and reasonable for his/her setting. No matter what that goal is, the challenge and the process of attainment of that goal is what ultimately makes it a success.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration has been my grandmother. I followed in her footsteps to enter the medical field and become a physician.

What do you love most about AAOS?

It is difficult to just pick one thing about AAOS since there are so many. I will mention a couple that truly stand out to me. I love the diversity of the community and the representation of all the subspecialties. I also love the annual conference that provides access to excellent scientific resources, educational materials, and draws all orthopaedic specialists together. 

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

I would advise new members to attend the Annual Meeting, stay connected with mentors and colleagues, and participate in the scientific research continuously.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?

I like ballroom dance and I used to participate in ballroom dance competitions.