April 10, 2017

AAOS releases new clinical practice guideline for osteoarthritis of the hip

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently released a new clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip that strongly recommends the use of pre-surgical treatments to ease pain and improve mobility, including corticosteroid injections, physical therapy and non-narcotic medications. The new guidelines do not recommend the use of hyaluronic acid or glucosamine sulfate to minimize osteoarthritis symptoms, due to a lack of evidence supporting the efficacy of these treatments.  

April 06, 2017

Timely diagnosis and improved treatment strategies for athletic hip injuries lead to faster recovery

A new literature review in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) identifies treatment strategies to get athletes back in the game. 

March 27, 2017

New Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU 12) available in print and online editions

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has released the 12th edition of OKU (Orthopaedic Knowledge Update), the authoritative and indispensable guide on general and specialty orthopaedics that also is a key tool in preparing for Board certification and recertification.

February 21, 2017

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons names Thomas E. Arend, Jr. as new CEO

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced the selection of Thomas E. Arend, Jr., CAE, to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017. As CEO, Arend will work directly with the AAOS Board of Directors and executive management team to oversee a staff of 250 and manage an annual budget of $60 million.  

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2015 AAOS Diversity Award: Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, is the honoree of the 2015 AAOS Diversity Award for her continuing
commitment to diversity in orthopaedics. Dr. Mason’s personal mission is to teach, facilitate, and empower aspiring physicians to reach their maximum potential as physician leaders.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Mason has served as the founder/director of Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc. (Nth Dimensions), a non-profit organization whose mission is first, to increase gender and racial ethnic diversity representation in orthopaedic surgery and second, to decrease healthcare disparities and improve patient outcomes.

Nth Dimensions, in the last decade, has introduced more than 2,000 pre-medical and medical students to the world of orthopaedics under Dr. Mason’s leadership. Through unique collaborations between orthopaedic mentors, associations, and orthopaedic industry, Nth Dimensions has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedics. Specifically, the AAOS Nth Dimensions Orthopaedic Summer Internship Program is a longitudinal, clinical, and research pipeline initiative, which has produced an impressive match rate for Nth Dimensions Scholars in competitive orthopaedic residency programs. In 2013, 90% of Nth Dimensions Scholars successfully
matched in orthopaedics.

Inspired by her husband, Dr. Thomas Mason, family, and colleagues, Dr. Mason rallied from an early clinical retirement due to rheumatoid arthritis to create an avenue for innovation in orthopaedic surgery. A dedicated mentor and AAOS fellow, Dr. Mason has served as chair of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society Mentoring Committee since 2002. She is a current member of
the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and the AAOS Leadership Development Committee.

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2015 AAOS Humanitarian Award: John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD

John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD of Jacksonville, Fla., is the honoree for the AAOS 2015 Humanitarian Award for having distinguished himself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities. For more than 30 years, Dr. Lovejoy selflessly contributed time and resources to benefit the less fortunate. Over the last decade, he’s traveled to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti—a small, full-service hospital that offers tertiary medical care serving a population of more than 250,000—to provide equipment, skilled personnel, education and surgical services. His goal: give the Haitians the tools, education, and opportunity to serve their own.

Within five days after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Dr. Lovejoy and his surgical team returned to Hôpital Sacré Coeur to provide medical relief efforts. They transformed the 73-bed hospital into a more than 500-bed facility similar to a MASH unit. The surgical team, which included his son, operated on more than 180 cases that first week and more than 150 cases with approximately 400-500 patients during a second trip two weeks later.

The earthquake made conditions increasingly difficult for the injured to immediately seek/access medical care. Delayed treatment for victims meant an increased number of amputees in the country. Recognizing the needs of all the amputees in Haiti, upon return to Jacksonville, Dr. Lovejoy spent many hours designing, funding and shipping a portable, state-of-the-art orthotics/prosthetics laboratory to Haiti and providing his expertise to Hôpital Sacré Coeur. A physical therapy building and program also was built adjacent to the hospital where amputees at the hospital were fitted with prostheses, and Haitians were training to become certified prosthetist orthotists.

Over the years, Dr. Lovejoy has recruited more than 500 orthopaedic surgeons and many more ancillary personnel to participate in humanitarian efforts. He recruited U.S. orthopaedic teams to teach and correct limb deformities, built a prosthetic shop, and improved their capability and skills so that local orthopaedists would be able to deliver a higher level of care.

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2015 AAOS William W. Tipton, Jr, MD, Leadership Award: Andrew J. Weiland, MD

Andrew J. Weiland, MD, is an attending orthopedist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is currently Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, is the honoree of the tenth annual William W. Tipton, Jr, MD Leadership Award for his work as a researcher, mentor, educator, and leader. Established by friends, colleagues, and partner organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Tipton Award honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building, and collaboration.

Dr. Weiland has been a visiting professor in almost all 50 states. He is considered an outstanding mentor, and has taught hand and microvascular surgery to fellows and residents for almost four decades. Dr. Weiland has served as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Orthopaedic Society (AOA), the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is past chairman of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and currently serves as treasurer. He has been recipient of the Kappa Delta Award twice in 1986 and 1991 for microvascular bone and allograft transplantation research.

Most recently, his residents, fellows and colleagues made substantial contributions to establish the Weiland Medal (within the ASSH) to annually recognize a mid-career scientist who has made substantive contributions to hand surgery.

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Building Orthopaedics

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What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

Eight months after his limb-threatening accident, Ari’s march down the aisle was a testament to what patient determination — and advanced orthopaedic surgery — can achieve. Go, Ari.

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