Harold A. Fogel, MD

Why did you join AAOS?

I joined the AAOS because it advocates for both our patients and for us as providers. Some of my greatest mentors have spent their entire careers as active members of the AAOS, and I want to be part of the next generation that carries on their legacy.

Do you currently volunteer with a committee? If yes, which one(s)?

Yes, I am a member of the AAOS Patient Safety Committee.

How do you define success?

Success is identifying what is important to a patient, developing an individualized treatment plan, and then working together to accomplish that goal. I feel successful when a patient comes back after surgery with an improvement in their quality of life, whether that’s playing with a grandchild, dancing at a wedding, or simply returning to an active and healthy lifestyle. Helping a patient accomplish their goals is what we all strive for, and one of the reasons why being an orthopaedic surgeon is such a great privilege.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My parents. Neither are in medicine, but in their respective careers they have shown me the importance of hard work, integrity, and commitment to their clients. I’ve always admired their work ethic and strive to strike the balance between professional life and family life that they have achieved.

What do you love most about AAOS?

Its ability to unite orthopaedic surgeons of varying specialties and ages from all over the world. It’s a great way to stay connected with mentors and peers, and form relationships with new colleagues. Catching up with old friends at an AAOS meeting and learning about new advancements in the field is something I always look forward to.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

Get involved! Regardless of your specialty or personal interests, there is an opportunity to engage in and contribute to the betterment of orthopaedic surgery. Volunteer for a committee, submit a research abstract, or simply attend a meeting. You will be a better orthopaedic surgeon for it and can help advance our field.

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

I have an identical twin brother – and we have different birthdays. He also is an attorney, so I guess there is always a good twin and an evil twin!