Daniel P. Mass, MD, FAAOS

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Why did you join AAOS?

I joined the AAOS to work with my orthopaedic colleges to strengthen the field of orthopaedics, meet with and continue to educate those that I trained or influenced, to support orthopaedic research.

How do you define success?

I do not define success by financial reward, which has come through a great carrier. I define success by having a practice where most of my patients refer their friends and family to me, by having successful residents and fellows, by having time for my wife, family, and my community.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration was Dr. Gerald Laros. He inspired me to first go into orthopaedics when I was in medical school and then inspired me to go into academic medicine and finally took the chance and hired me to work with him and the Department to develop a hand practice, perform research and teach.

What do you love most about AAOS?

I appreciate the AAOS for its leadership in orthopaedic education and keeping the fields of orthopaedics united, because developments in one field can change practice in other fields.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

My first advice to new members of the AAOS is to get involved, volunteer to be on a committee. Second, maintain a work, family, and community balance.

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

I love to travel and shoot wild animals with a camera.