Nana O. Sarpong, MD, MBA

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Why did you join AAOS?

I joined the AAOS because it is the umbrella organization for all orthopaedic surgeons irrespective of career stage, which allows for an excellent and diverse platform for education, professional development, volunteerism, networking, and advocacy. I have found lifetime mentors and have had the opportunity to pay it forward and provide mentorship to younger residents in this organization.

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

AAOS Appointed Resident Delegate (Columbia University), AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, AAOS Education Committee, AAOS Innovation Committee.

How do you define success?

To me, success is the progressive realization of worthy goals/aspirations and achieving these despite challenges along the way.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My family, loving friends, patients, and all my mentors at Columbia Orthopaedics under the leadership of Dr. William Levine. From these people, I have learned the values of humanism, compassion, and dedication to our patients.

What do you love most about AAOS?

I love the endless opportunities for professional development, mentorship, education, advocacy, and networking among the broader group of orthopaedic surgeons who share a common goal to deliver the highest-level care for our patients.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

My advice would be to get involved early and often! There are a myriad of ways for engagement through volunteer committees, work-groups, and many other ways to make an impact in the future of orthopaedics. We live in a small world and it only gets smaller as we progress in our careers.

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

I played the alto saxophone!