California orthopedic surgeon Amy L. Ladd, M.D., became the chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Specialty Societies (BOS). She was first elected to serve in the BOS leadership line two years ago.
The BOS brings together the 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.
Ladd specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. She is a professor and chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand and Upper Limb Center at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and the chief of the Children’s Hand Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She also is vice-chair of academic affairs for the Department Orthopaedics and assistant dean for medical student advising at Stanford.
Ladd received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She completed her orthopedic residency at the University of Rochester, followed by the Harvard Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship. She also was a fellow at L’Institut de la Main in Paris, France, prior to joining the Stanford University faculty in 1990.
Ladd has been actively involved with AAOS for more than 20 years, first serving while a resident on the Committee on Candidate Member Services, and more recently as a member of the Diversity Advisory Board, Council on Advocacy, and Executive Committee of the Political Action Committee. She has also served on the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors.
She holds eight patents and trademarks for innovation that span treatment for wrist fractures, thumb arthritis and promote musculoskeletal health awareness.
California orthopaedic surgeon Jennifer M. Weiss, M.D., became chair of the AAOS Communications Cabinet. The AAOS’ Communications Cabinet promotes musculoskeletal health, injury prevention, and the specialty of orthopaedics through media relations and internal and external communications, including its member magazine, AAOS Now. Through its activities, the Communications Cabinet oversees, coordinates and supports the leadership of the AAOS in the accomplishment of their goals and objectives within the priorities of the overall strategic plan and provides liaison support to other Councils, the Board of Specialties, Board of Councilors and other advisory boards.
Weiss is an orthopedic surgeon at Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles Medical Center and specializes in pediatric sports medicine. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2011, she practiced at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group as director of the Pediatric Sports Program.
Weiss graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She completed her internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
She has been active with the AAOS for nearly a decade, and most recently served as a mentor in the Leadership Fellows Program, and was a fellow herself in that program in 2010 to 2011. Weiss also served on the nominating committee for the Board of Specialty Societies. In addition to holding a previous term on the Communications Cabinet, she also served as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors and on the Women’s Health Advisory Board.
Weiss also is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA), serving that organization as the most recent Communications Council Chair on their Board of Directors.
Board of Councilors
California orthopaedic surgeon Basil R. Besh, M.D., became the chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors. He was elected to the leadership line of the BOC two years ago.
The BOC 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.
Besh is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and elbow conditions. He currently is the medical director and founder of both Fremont Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Medicine (FORM) and Access Omnicare. Besh also is the medical director of Precision Surgicenter also in Fremont, Calif.
Besh received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and the Emmanuel Kaplan Fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.
As a volunteer and leader for AAOS, Besh currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Council on Education. He previously served on the Publications Committee, the Council on Advocacy, the Communications Cabinet, the Board of Councilors and participated as a fellow in the Leadership Fellows Program (Class of 2013).
Besh is the current president of the California Orthopaedic Association and a delegate for the California Medical Association. He also is the chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Opioid Best Practices for the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association.
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.