AAOS Report - April, 2005

Boards approve revised statements, hear progress reports and make volunteer appointments

The Boards of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) met on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and approved revisions to several position statements, heard project progress reports and made several appointments.

As recommended by the Evidence-Based Practice Committee, the Academy Board approved revisions to the “Position Statement on Evidence-Based Guidelines.”

Per the Council on Health Policy and Practice, the Association Board approved the revised “Advisory Statement on Thermography,” noting in part that the use of thermography as a clinically useful diagnostic or prognostic test in orthopaedic surgery cannot be scientifically justified.

William T. Grana, MD, editor of Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), reported that OKO has more than 11,500 individual orthopaedic surgeon and resident registrations. In the 35 months since OKO was launched, there have been more than 220,000 logins to the topic area of the Web site, with almost two million page views.

Alan M. Levine, MD, editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is stepping down to assume chairmanship of the Council on Education. William P. Cooney III, MD, will replace him.

James D. Heckman, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), and James R. Urbaniak, MD, chairman of the JBJS board of trustees, noted that JBJS received more than 1,149 manuscripts during 2004, an increase of 89 over the previous year.

Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, reported that the Expert Witness Project Team and the Presidential Line jointly recommended that oversight for the AAOS Expert Witness Program be transferred from the Professional Liability Committee to the Committee on Professionalism. The Committee on Committees recommended, and the Board approved, the following appointments: Peter J. Mandell, MD, to chair the Committee on Professionalism, and Richard D. Schmidt, MD, to chair the Judiciary Committee.

The Boards recognized five retiring directors: Frederick M. Azar, MD; Peter J. Mandell, MD; Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD; Vernon T. Tolo, MD; and Laura L. Tosi, MD. Joseph Zuckerman, MD, was acknowledged for his service as chair of the Council on Education.

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