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Samer Attar, MD, recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award by the Syrian American Medical Society. Samuel Baker, MD, and Dylan Nugent, MD, Health Volunteers Overseas photo contest winners. Jan A. Bollinger, MD, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. William Jay Bryan, MD, recipient of the Medical Honoree Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Col. (ret.) Tad L. Gerlinger, MD, recipient of the 2014 Uniformed Services University Alumni Military Medicine Award. Michael H. Heggeness, MD, recipient of the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) 2014 Henry Farfan Award. Charles L. Saltzman, MD, installed as president of the International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies. Manish K. Sethi, MD, named one of 2014 HealthLeaders 20 by HealthLeaders Media. Recipients of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Lawrence D. Dorr Award: Reza Mostafavi Tabatabaee, MD; Sadegh Saberi, MD, Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS; Mahmoud Frazan, MD. Recipients of the AAHKS Clinical Research Award: Adam I. Edelstein, MD; Linda I. Suleiman, MD; Rishi Khakhkhar, BA; Michael Moore; Mary J. Kwasny, ScD; Matthew D. Beal, MD; David W. Manning.

Risk Prediction Tools for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

The current healthcare environment in America is driven by the

concepts of quality, cost containment, and value. In this environment,

primary hip and knee arthroplasty procedures have been targeted for

cost containment through quality improvement initiatives intended to

reduce the incidence of costly complications and readmissions.

Accordingly, risk prediction tools have been developed in an attempt

to quantify the patient-specific assessment of risk. Risk prediction

tools may be useful for the informed consent process, for enhancing

risk mitigation efforts, and for risk-adjusting data used for

reimbursement and the public reporting of outcomes. The evaluation

of risk prediction tools involves statistical measures such as

discrimination and calibration to assess accuracy and utility.

Furthermore, prediction tools are tuned to the source dataset from

which they are derived, require validation with external datasets, and

should be recalibrated over time. However, a high-quality, externally

validated risk prediction tool for adverse outcomes after primary total

joint arthroplasty remains an elusive goal.

Sports Medicine Poster Takes Top Honors

During this morning’s “Breakfast in the Posters” event, Central Program Committee Chair Brian J. Cole, MD, recognized the winner of the Best Poster in each classification and the best overall poster for the 2014 Annual Meeting.

The overall honors went to Poster P427, Prospective Comparative Study of ACL Reconstruction Between Using Hamstring Autograft and Soft-Tissue Allograft, prepared by Jong-Keun Seon, MD; Eun K. Song, MD; Hasung Kim; Kyung Jai Lee, MD, of the Center for Joint Disease at Chonnam University Hwasun Hospital, Korea.

The winning posters follow: