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Frederick M. Azar, MD Assumes the Position of President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
“Orthopaedics, just like all of medicine and health care, is in the middle of a paradigm shift,” explained Dr. Azar. “As president of an organization that serves nearly 38,000 members, I see this shift as an opportunity and I promise to work tirelessly on our members’ behalf to refine new programs, products and services in education, advocacy, practice management, quality, research and communications to help them deliver the highest-quality care to their patients. It’s been an honor and privilege to serve in the Academy’s presidential line for the past two years, and I look forward to what the future holds.”
Dr. Azar has served in volunteer orthopaedic leadership positions for more than 20 years. Before being elected to the Academy presidential line he served AAOS as treasurer. He graduated from the inaugural AAOS Leadership Fellows Program in 2003 and is the first alumni of the program to become president of the Academy.
Dr. Azar earned his medical degree at Tulane University of Medicine, completed an internship at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Missouri, a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic in Memphis, and a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. He also is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed journals, a large number of book chapters in authoritative textbooks and has been the director or co-director of numerous continuing medical education courses in sports medicine.
“Fred is a natural born leader and this has been particularly evident in his many contributions to the Academy, his local community, his commitment to the physicians at the Campbell Clinic, and the list goes on and on,” explained outgoing AAOS President, Joshua Jacobs, MD. “And, he does all of these things with thoroughness, thoughtfulness and excellence. We are indeed fortunate to have someone of his caliber lead our organization into the future.”
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