James Rickert, MD
Dr. Rickert is a board certified orthopedist who loves practicing medicine in the small town of Bedford, IN. He completed his orthopedic residency at Columbia University. He is a general orthopedist who sees a great variety of patients in a largely rural area of the state. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is on the clinical faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine. He may be contacted at :
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Mark O. Hansen, MD
Dr. Hansen is a board certified orthopedist, practicing general orthopedics in South Central Indiana. Mark attended BYU and graduated with Highest Honors. He also spent 2 years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern Chile from 1977-1979. He has practiced medicine as a General Medical Officer and Brigade Surgeon for the U.S. Army in Aschaffenburg, Germany from 1988-1990.
He currently serves as a board member for People and Animals Learning Service and for Prosthetics for the Dominican Republic. He is a member of Orthopedics Overseas and just completed an assignment in Peru in 2008. Finally, he volunteers at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Bloomington, IN.
Walid Azzo, MD, PhD
Dr. Azzo practices orthopedics in Bluefield, West Virginia. He obtained his orthopedic training at Columbia-Presbyterian in NYC, and completed a fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Case Western Reserve University. He also earned a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Miami. He is board certified and a member of The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
William Salot, MD
I'll be 75 next month, and I've had a look at American health care for over half a century. I've served in the military--once doing four appendectomies at sea aboard a cruiser off Vietnam, and I was a resident when LBJ brought in Medicare. I can still recall how hip fracture patients shifted from public "charity" care to private funding. I trained and have been in private practice in Detroit and have served as chief at one of Detroit's three major trauma centers. In the 1970s, I became active within the AAOS, ultimately becoming Chairman of the Board of Councilors and even Secretary of the Academy. I currently practice with 7 great partners and know well how hard orthopedic surgeons work, but I also know the tremendous gratitude that our patients feel for what we do.
Rob Rutherford, MD
Dr. Boniface was born and raised in the Youngstown area. He attended the University of Akron and received his M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and then completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He has practiced General Orthopaedics in Youngstown with his brother, Ray, since 1988.
Dr. Boniface is a Fellow of the Institute for Professionalism Inquiry at SUMMA in Akron, Ohio where he participates in research and teaching of relationship based/narrative medical care and education. He is Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at North East Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and he also teaches residents in Orthopaedic Surgery, Family Practice and Internal Medicine the joys of musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Boniface is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of both the Ohio State and the Mahoning County Medical Societies.
Dr. Tom enjoys playing hockey, fly fishing, old Italian cars, and is the Head Coach of the Cardinal Mooney Swim team. He lives in Poland, OH with his wife, Lisa, and their 4 children.
Dr. Page has an interest in health care disparities, working locally as a member of the leadership team and providing direct patient care through Project Access San Diego, a safety net health system, and nationally with the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.
She serves as the AAOS representative to the AMA, the US Bone and Joint Initiative Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative, and the Intersocietal Accreditation Committee MRI section. In California, Dr. Page serves on the board of the San Diego County Medical Society and as a voting delegate to and Council on Legislation member of the California Medical Association (CMA).
After an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr Page graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School. She completed her orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, followed by a Foot & Ankle fellowship jointly at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Page maintains a full-time clinical practice in San Diego with a large integrated care system (Kaiser Permanente).
Dr. Burney is an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a Team STEPPS Master Trainer, and is a certified National Faculty Member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication.
Dr. Burney has served as a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Board of Directors, as Chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors, and as Chair of the AAOS National Membership Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the AAOS Communication Skills Mentoring Program and as a member of the AAOS Board of Directors’ Patient Care Project Team.
Dr. Burney has been and continues to be a tireless advocate for improving patient care, in general, and for patient centered medicine, in particular.
Tom Grogan, MD
Being a physician is the greatest honor in the world. Our patients give us a “gift”. They share their lives with us and put their trust in us to heal them. Francis Weld Peabody, a Harvard professor of medicine, stated it best when he wrote, “The secret in the care of the patient is in caring for the patient” (~1923)
I am a fellowship trained orthopaedic trauma surgeon. I spent the first 18 years of my professional career as a fracture specialist. I have worked as the head of the division of orthopaedic trauma at SUNY at Stony Brook for nine years and subsequently in both solo practice and group practice in a community hospital setting. Over the past ten years I have been the vice-chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. I receive tremendous professional fulfillment in my practice caring for a very challenging, multicultural population in the Bronx.
I am presently enrolled in a certificate program in bioethics at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. I am an AAOS communication skills mentor and Team STEPPS trainer. I have been a member of the AAOS committee on ethics and will be assuming the chair of the committee at our next academy meeting.
Dr. Drew has been an academic orthopedic surgeon for 45 years. He did his residency at Harvard and never escaped. He is now an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His work includes patient care and education in general orthopedic surgery.
He is a graduate of MIT and then matriculated from Columbia University Medical School. He has also done an AO Trauma Fellowship.
Dr. Drew was Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at New England Deaconness Hospital until its merger with Beth Israel Hospital. He is currently on staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
He also serves as a member of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and is Chairman of the Licensing Committee. He is also a long term member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Committee on Physician Health.
I spent my last two years of undergraduate life at Stanford recovering from injuries sustained playing football, and subsequently was a few requirements shy of being able to apply to medical school as I had originally planned to do.
An amazing series of events led to a job teaching high school and coaching, which was an incredible experience that changed my perspective on my role in society, and dramatically changed my concept of what a physician ought to represent.
I finished my medical training in 1994 and took a position in a small college town in Northern California. In that environment I was struck by the existence of a two-tiered medical system that was based upon ability to pay. As the recession fanned the flames of the collapse of the local logging and fishing industries, I saw more and more of my patients moving from the "haves" to the "have nots" and I struggled to develop a style of practice that would not be influenced by the ability of my patients to pay for treatment. My teaching experience taught me that I needed to teach all of my students the material, despite their relative learning resources. I applied this experience to treatment of my patients, and although it spared me the emotional turmoil of having to consider insurance status when recommending treatment, it proved to be financially ruinous in that depressed rural environment.
I relocated my practice to the greener pastures of East Texas, but found that the same problems created the same difficulties and finally I decided that the only way I was going to be able to practice medicine with a clear conscience was to be an employed member of a nonprofit medical organization, and so relocated to Oregon in 2012.
I dream of a day when everyone will have equal access to medical care and I feel that focusing on treatments that WORK and removing financial incentive to treat are going to be the keys to that transformation.
Joel Weddington, MD
Charles "Chuck" Magill, MD
Augusto Sarmiento, MD
Dr. Piasio is a Highmark Medical Director, Provider Strategy and Integration, a position he assumed in March 2012. Dr. Piasio brings years of medical experience to Highmark from DuBois Regional Medical Center, Clearfield Hospital and Brookville Hospital where he was a practicing orthopaedic surgeon, and Chief, Department of Surgery. He is a certified diplomate with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and he has served as Chairman of the Board of KEPRO, and President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Dr. Piasio is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Piasio is a Georgetown University medical school graduate, and he completed premedical studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He also completed the MBA program at Alvernia University.
His current duties involve quality management and network credentialing, provider payment reform, practice transformation, and development of novel and innovative healthcare delivery programs. His areas of expertise would include population health, analytic modeling, medical homes, accountable care organizations, and specialist value based reimbursement models.
Mark Olson is an orthopedist in private practice in Spokane WA. He started practicing in 1977 as a solo practioner and currently practice with 25 other orthopedists. He practiced general orthopedics until he restricted his practice to trauma care. His primary motivation for this practice change is his desire to do orthopedic care at mission hospitals in underdeveloped countries. He has had regular contact with SIGN Fracture Care International for years.
He has participated in AAOS activities since starting practice. This included the regional chairmanship of the admissions committee when we interviewed all of the people applying for membership. He served as one of the Board of Councilors representing Washington State. He has a strong interest in communication and has arranged for that course to be put on in Spokane three times over the years. He also is interested in the Team STEPPS program and has had the privilege of being trained as a master trainer by John Webster.
He has been in leadership positions in Spokane and in his practice--president of his group for 6 years and currently serving as the Medical Director. I helped develop the formal Geriatric Fracture Program at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Dr. Olson was raised in Spokane and did his undergraduate and medical school education at the UW in Seattle. He was in the Air Force for 2 years and then did my orthopedic residency at UW in Seattle.
Ray Bellamy, MD
Frank Maletz, MD
Dr. Doumas obtained his medical degree from UMDNJ: New Jersey Medical School after completing his undergraduate studies at The College of William and Mary. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2006 then completed his training at The University of Pennsylvania in hand and upper extremity surgery. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He volunteered in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake as a surgeon with Project Medishare. He has been a hand and upper extremity surgeon teaching residents and students since 2007 with University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC in Somerset, NJ and Wall, NJ. He is chief of Hand Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rutgers Medical School. He created LibraryOfMedicine.com to help better educate patients in a free, open access platform that is peer-reviewed and free of medical industry bias. The goal is to create a website that doctors want their patients to visit. LibraryOfMedicine.com is currently completely self funded by Dr. Doumas.
George L. Lucas MD Dr. Lucas attended George Washington University School of Medicine and graduated in 1961. He then did his orthopedic residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison followed by a fellowship Orthopaedic Pathology at the Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. He entered private practice in Madison, Wisconsin and served on the Clinical Faculty of the University of Wisconsin until 1984 with a two year hiatus as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the U. S. Navy from 1967-1969. He then returned to private practice and accepted an appointment to the University of Kansas/Wichita faculty. He served as Program Director on 2 occasions for the University of Kansas at Wichita. He is now enjoying retirement but remain very active with the residency program and volunteer activities. Dr. Lucas has been a participant in AAOS affairs since 1968 including service as the Chair of the Board of Councilors and participation on the AAOS Board of Directors. He remains a current member of the AAOS Ethics Committee.
When the iPhone/app store became available, and it came without a training manual, I knew the platform had the potential to scale. But even more valuable, at some point I knew that scale would come and would be driven by unmet patient desires. My passion today is to pursue my best ideas that leverage the opportunity within mobile “democratized" health. I have spent time working with a dozen companies, gained an exec MBA, and worked in population health. My passion continues to be in orthopaedic outcome management helping to create pumpone.com and surgerytrack.com as well as consulting for Tenet healthcare in their orthopaedic service line. With my work I have also discovered a passion to help solve the extreme burden of unwanted and low value care toward end of life. After three years of that pursuit, I feel that I have a meaningful understanding in how to usher in a new approach. I look forward to helping cultivate a broader message about value in healthcare, and eager to participate in a discussion about providing meaningful impact for the lives of patients.
Dr. Koenig is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Dell Medical School, and he leads the Integrated Practice Unit for Osteoarthritis and works in developing Integrated Practice Units for other musculoskeletal conditions. He also serves as Residency Program Director and leads the initiative to improve access to musculoskeletal care for Austin’s underserved population. Clinically, he specializes in treatment of hip and knee arthritis.
After receiving his undergraduate degree at the MIT, he attended medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Koenig went on to complete his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Orthopedic Surgery and fellowship training for Adult Reconstruction at Stanford University Medical Center. He is also a graduate of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where he began his work on patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness research. Prior to joining the faculty at Dell Medical School, Dr. Koenig led the Division of Adult Reconstruction at DHMC for 5 years and was one of the architects of the GreenCare Pathway, a sweeping quality improvement initiative to create a self-improving microsystem around total joint replacement.
Throughout his career, he has worked to improve musculoskeletal care for patients through a health care climate that can often be described, at best, as difficult and dysfunctional. Like all of us, he believes that the existing paradigm must change in order to create value-based, person-centered ways to care for patients.
He has devoted much of his career to patient care and health care system reform. He is a native Texan who grew up uninsured, and that perspective has helped shape every facet of his medical training and patient care. He focused the early years of practice on building an evidence-based treatment pathway for hip and knee osteoarthritis called GreenCare. It’s based on prospective data collection, shared decision-making, and assessment of patient-reported outcomes, all aligned to build upon each other and create a self-improving microsystem.
Think where man's glory begins and ends and say that my glory was I had such friends. William Butler Yeats.
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