April 2002 Bulletin

Profile of new AAOS President

Vernon T. Tolo, MD, became the 70th president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on Sunday, February 16.

Dr. Tolo is the John C. Wilson Jr. professor of orthopaedic surgery, and vice chairman for pediatric orthopaedics, department of orthopaedics, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles. He also heads the division of orthopaedic surgery, and is deputy chairman, department of surgery, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is on staff at USC University Hospital and Cedars Sinai, both in Los Angeles, and at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA.

Active in the Academy for many years, Dr. Tolo has served on the board of directors since 1998: as chair-elect of the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS), 1998-1999; as COMSS chair, 1999-2000; and as Academy second vice president (2000-2001) and first vice president (2001-2002). In addition, he has served on numerous Academy committees and task forces.

Dr. Tolo is a prolific author and editor. He has written chapters in 20 books, co-authored a book, and is the author or co-author of 112 scientific papers and abstracts.

He is associate editor for pediatrics of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and serves as a consultant reviewer for Spine; he also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

The past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Dr. Tolo served on its board of directors from 1989 to 997. He also is past president of the Scoliosis Research Society. Since 1995, Dr. Tolo has served on the national medical advisory board of Shriners Hospital for Children.

Dr. Tolo is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Western Orthopaedic Association, California Medical Association, American Medical Association, Interurban Orthopaedic Society, Scoliosis Research Society and the Los Angeles Pediatric Society.

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