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December 18, 2013

William Shaffer, MD Named American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Medical Director

Orthopaedic spine surgeon charged with advancing quality and advocacy agenda

ROSEMONT, Ill. – William O. Shaffer, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in the care of the spine, has been selected as the new medical director for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS). He assumed his position on December 2, 2013.

As medical director, Dr. Shaffer will be located in Washington, D.C., and will oversee the office of government relations and the department of research and scientific affairs.

“I have a true passion for science and evidence-based medicine, as I’ve been working in this area more than 15 years,” explained Dr. Shaffer. “We are at a place in medicine where healthcare has become very value and quality-based and evidence-based medicine is in the best interest of our patients.”

Dr. Shaffer earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan and joined the U.S. Navy, completing an orthopaedic surgery internship at the Naval Hospital Oakland and an aerospace medicine fellowship at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla. He served two years aboard USS America, USS Independence, and USS Nimitz, with tours in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

He later completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., followed by a tour at the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, where he received the Navy Commendation Medal, and a Spine Fellowship at the University of Iowa and Chief of Orthopaedics at National Naval Hospital Bethesda, MD. 

“We are delighted that Dr. Shaffer has agreed to serve as our medical director,” says Chief Executive Officer Karen L. Hackett, CAE, FACHE. “Dr. Shaffer, who is retired from the U.S. Navy, has a wealth of experience as a private practice spine surgeon and as a leader at the AAOS and other organizations such as the North American Spine Society. He also has engaged in advocacy efforts on behalf of orthopaedic surgeons in Kentucky and Iowa and has participated in Research Capitol Hill Days.”

“The Academy has a diverse group of members, and I will strive to fully represent their unique needs to government agencies and Congress.  I want each AAOS member to know that he or she has a voice and oversight, and should feel free to express his or her views. I will do my best to meld the science and evidence into a digestible format that all members can learn from and use as they provide high-quality care to their patients.”

In his spare time, Dr. Shaffer enjoys gardening and cooking, but his real love is spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

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