The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) installed William J. Maloney III, M.D., as president this week during the group's 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. His presidency marks year three of a four-year commitment of volunteer service, after serving as a vice president of the Academy for the previous two years.
“As president, I look forward to prioritizing the needs of our membership and continuing to advance Academy orthopaedic education so that our specialty can continue to deliver the highest quality of patient care,” Maloney said in his first speech as president. “Where we have been is clear—we are the premiere provider of orthopedic education worldwide. I am committed to make sure we continue doing that. But where we are going is less clear. To say these are disruptive times in healthcare is an understatement. We have the opportunity to impact the future of healthcare. Our academy has gained incredible credibility with legislators and regulatory agencies. It's more important than ever for our association to have a strong voice on Capitol Hill. I would like to take lead in the next year in regards to organizational direction. I want this to be member-driven organization. So, consider being leaders in your community, support your colleagues, and give us feedback. Let us know what is important to you. Very little of what we did as residents do we do now; therefore, it is important to commit to lifelong learning. It's an honor to be in this role and I appreciate your support.”
Maloney specializes in joint replacement and is the Elsbach-Richards Professor in Surgery and professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. He also is a team physician for the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers.
Maloney earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Stanford University and a medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed an internship and was junior, senior and chief resident in orthopedic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hip reconstruction surgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Maloney was on the faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and was chief of orthopaedics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Maloney worked on several AAOS committees, including the Council on Education. He championed the formation of the American Joint Replacement Registry, and chaired its board of directors. Additionally, he has been a part of board leadership for the Knee Society, the Hip Society, the Western Orthopaedic Association, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He also is a past president of the Hip Society, and a recipient of numerous research awards.
Maloney will likely lean heavily on his presidential leadership line over the next year to help achieve his goals of legislative advocacy, professional unity, and continuing education. His primary aide will be Vermont orthopedic surgeon David A. Halsey, M.D., who became the AAOS first vice president. He will assume the presidency next year.
Halsey is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in Burlington, Vt., and staff orthopedic surgeon on Martha’s Vineyard working full-time at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the full-time academic faculty, he was in a small private practice for 18 years in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Halsey earned a bachelor of arts degree at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., and his medical degree from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont.
Halsey has served in dozens of leadership roles across 15 different Academy councils and committees over his 20 years of volunteering for the AAOS, including two terms on the AAOS Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Specialty Societies, chair of the Board of Councilors, chair of the Council on Advocacy and as a board member of the Association Orthopaedic PAC. He also served as an officer in the presidential line of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), a member of the executive committee of the Vermont Orthopaedic Society as well as the Vermont Medical Society’s Board of Councilors.
"What an amazing time to be in orthopedics," Halsey said during the formal AAOS Business Meeting in which he rose in rank. "We've made enormous strides in musculoskeletal research that are enhancing quality of life of patients every day. But the challenge of keeping up with a continually advancing body of knowledge is truly daunting. We all learn in different ways, and we all have different educational needs. What is required is a customized educational toolbox, which is right here—your Academy. It has an incredible army of orthopedic educators who enable all of us to learn the best evidence-based options for patients and to grow as professionals. Your Academy, your source, your way. My challenge to you over this next year is to visit the Academy resource center. Test drive your personalized dashboard and let your voice be heard. Share your stories with us regarding how Academy educational portals helped you meet your goals. Seize the day—this is your Academy, your community, your orthopedic future."
Halsey has served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as both a specialty society member of the American Medical Association’s Relative Update Value committee, a multi-disciplinary group of medical specialty societies who offer assistance in helping to determine reimbursement values to CMS and the Commission on Ambulatory Payment Classification.
As a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication, Halsey has a passion for education in the area of physician-patient communications.
Also lending a hand will be Philadelphia, Pa., orthopaedic surgeon Kristy L. Weber, M.D. She became second vice president of the Academy and will make history in two years when she takes over for Halsey in 2019-20.
Weber is the chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Sarcoma Program in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. She specializes in diagnosing and treating adults, adolescents and children with bone and soft tissue tumors, and she focuses on complex limb salvage techniques around the hip, knee, shoulder and pelvis.
Georgia orthopedic surgeon Daniel K. Guy, M.D., became chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC), which consists of more than 100 members elected by state and regional orthopedic societies including Puerto Rico, the U.S. military, Canada, and four regional societies. The Board serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and committees. The BOC also manages the Academy’s relations with state and regional orthopaedic societies and conducts a wide range of programs to strengthen and support the societies.
Guy specializes in shoulder and hip surgery and sports medicine at Emory Southern Orthopaedics in LaGrange, Ga., and is on staff at WellStar/West Georgia Health System.
He received his Bachelor in Science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and earned both a master's degree in science and his medical degree from the University of Louisville. Guy completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After residency, he was selected to and completed an A-O Fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland.
Guy is a Fellow of the AAOS and currently serves on the Academy’s Board of Directors. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthpaedic Surgery and is a member of the Alpha Omicron Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is past president and board member of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society.
Lisa K. Cannada M.D., became the first female chair of the AAOS Board of Directors Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), which brings together leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. It also serves as an advisory entity to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy.
Cannada is an associate professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Missouri, and practices at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (Md.), completed her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western University School of Medicine, and a trauma fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Cannada’s clinical expertise includes the mangled extremity, polytrauma patients, and complex fractures. Additionally, she is interested in clinical outcomes research and fracture repair and healing.
Cannada has been active with the AAOS for a decade, initially as a Leadership Fellow in 2007. Since then, she has served on numerous committees for the Academy including the Resident Candidate and Fellow subcommittee, and completed a six-year term on the BOS Match Oversight Committee as chair, addressing crucial issues in fellowship training and representing the applicants and programs in the Fellowship Match Process. She also was a member of the Membership Committee for four years and served as chair for two additional years. Cannada also edited the AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 11.
Cannada is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and served on the OTA Board of Directors and numerous committees. She established the OTA Young Practitioner’s Forum and is a founder of Women in Trauma, a mentoring group for women pursuing careers in orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Cannada also is past president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society where she edited the first and second editions of the Guide for Women in Orthopaedic Surgery. Her passion is teaching and the education of medical students, residents, fellows and young practitioners.
New AAOS board members include Ronald A. Navarro, M.D., and Jacob M. Buchowski, M.D., M.S.
Based in Rolling Hills, Calif., Navarro is the regional chief of orthopaedic surgery at Kaiser Permanente, where he helps manage orthopedic services from Santa Barbara, Calif., to San Diego, Calif., with 13 individual Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Chiefs collaboratively leading more than 200 orthopedic surgeons. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, followed by an orthopedic residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and a post-residency fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) in shoulder surgery, sports medicine, and arthroscopy to complement his experience in general orthopedics and fracture care.
Navarro has been actively involved with the AAOS for more than 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Specialty Societies Communications Committee. He previously served on the Board of Councilors, ending his term in 2017; participated in the Leadership Fellows Program as both a mentor and a fellow (Class of ’03-04); and also held other numerous volunteer leadership positions within the AAOS. Additionally, Navarro represents all of California orthopedic surgeons as a member of the California Orthopaedic Associations’ Presidential Line. Navarro has also co-authored a number of articles in shoulder and knee surgery, and he participates in research that has been presented nationally and internationally.
Buchowski is a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurological surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He is also the director of the Spine Fellowship and the director of the Spinal Tumors Center. Buchowski specializes in surgical treatment of primary and metastatic spinal tumors, adult spine deformity, and complex reconstructive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
Buchowski received both a bachelor and master of science degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., where he also completed his orthopedic surgery residency and served as administrative chief resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his residency, Buchowski completed a spine surgery fellowship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.
His research interests include clinical outcomes following surgical and nonsurgical treatment for primary spinal tumors and metastatic spine disease and clinical outcomes following surgery for adult spinal deformity and complex reconstructive surgery. Buchowski has been actively involved with AAOS and other orthopedic and spine surgery societies.