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February 09, 2012

Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA Named Chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Council on Research and Quality

San Francisco, CA

Orthopaedic surgeon Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA of San Rafael, California was named chair of the Council of Research and Quality of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The Council serves as the primary resource to educate the Academy’s members, the public and policy makers regarding evidence-based medical practice, quality measurement and reporting, orthopaedic devices and biologics. The Council is comprised of the chairs of seven AAOS committees and two members at large.

Dr. Bozic, who currently serves as an associate professor and vice chair of the department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, and Core Faculty for the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, has a very active clinical practice focused on adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee in patients with degenerative disorders of the hip and knee and/or failed prior joint arthroplasties.

Dr. Bozic has played an active role in numerous regional and national healthcare policy initiatives, including the California Joint Replacement Registry, the Integrated Healthcare Association’s Bundled Payment Project, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effectiveness Healthcare Stakeholder Group. He also has held numerous volunteer positions within the AAOS as well as state and specialty societies, including: first vice president of the California Orthopaedic Association; Board of Trustees for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation; Board of Directors of the American Joint Replacement Registry; Chair of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Health Care Systems Committee; and member-at-large on the AAOS’ Board of Directors.

“I have served the Academy in a number of roles since 2004 and I believe those experiences have given me unique insights into the perspectives of many different stakeholders on the future of musculoskeletal care delivery.. The specialty of orthopaedics is facing a number of different opportunities and challenges, and we are prepared. The Academy benefits from excellent staff and extraordinary volunteer leadership and these people support our specialty, which is one of the most patient-centered, quality-driven specialties in medicine,” said Dr. Bozic.

As Council chair, Dr. Bozic hopes to continue the work of the previous chair, Dr. Kristy L. Weber, whom he said “was instrumental in putting orthopaedics on the map as a driver of meaningful healthcare reform.” And, he hopes to “continue to build multi-stakeholder collaborations focused on enhancing the value of musculoskeletal care.”

Understanding the patient-perspective is the key to success for all healthcare providers, including orthopaedic surgeons. During his tenure as Council chair, Dr. Bozic hopes to create an infrastructure to connect with patients, hear their perspective and redefine healthcare within the boundaries of what it means for patients. “All of our efforts at the leadership level in the Academy are centered on patients and quality, so we have to determine how to take that to the next level and communicate those priorities to our patients, other healthcare providers, payors, and healthcare policymakers.”

Bozic was graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; a medical degree (MD) from University of California, San Francisco; and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He completed his orthopaedic surgical residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston, and his fellowship training in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

His research interests, which have produced more than 80 published articles, fall broadly in the fields of health policy and healthcare quality, and more specifically on topics related to technology assessment and the impact of healthcare delivery and healthcare financing reform on the cost and quality of healthcare.

In accepting this appointment to Chair, Dr. Bozic first and foremost thanks his wife, Christi and their daughters, Ava, Alexa and Alana for their tremendous support. He also thanks and credits several surgeons for extraordinary mentoring in both his career and Academy roles; including, Dr. Daniel Berry, Dr. David Bradford, Dr. John Callaghan, Dr. Richard Gelberman and Dr. James Herndon.

“We are at a critical juncture for health care in the United States. The government is not equipped to provide solutions for the long-term sustainability of our healthcare system. This creates great opportunities for physician leadership in healthcare reform. We have the ability to collaborate with hospitals, health plans, policy makers, government agencies, payors and patients. Orthopaedic surgeons are well-positioned to lead patient-centered reform in our healthcare system. I invite my colleagues to fill this void with your compassion and expertise,” said Dr. Bozic.

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