James H. Herndon, MD, became the 71st president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003.
A nationally recognized orthopaedic hand surgeon, Dr. Herndon is the William H. and Johanna A. Harris Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Partners HealthCare in Boston. He also serves as chairman of the Partners Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and as program director for the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program.
As a practicing surgeon at the Brigham and Womens and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Dr. Herndon is involved in the training of orthopaedic residents on the Hand and Upper Extremity Services at both hospitals. His current research focuses on two main areas: the application of gene therapy to musculoskeletal problems and the biomechanics and kinematics of the upper extremity.
Prior to moving to Boston, Dr. Herndon was professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School from 1988 to 1998. While in Pittsburgh, Dr. Herndon also served as vice president of medical services for the universitys medical center.
An active member of the Academy since 1980, Dr. Herndon has served as treasurer of the Board of Directors and chairman of several key committees and task forces. In 2001, Dr. Herndon was elected AAOS second vice president.
In addition to his work with the Academy, Dr. Herndon is former president of both the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is active in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is past chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery.
A prolific author and editor, Dr. Herndon has served as both editor and co-author of numerous orthopaedic books, authored chapters in 30 books and authored or co-authored countless scientific papers and abstracts. He has made scientific presentations and lectured at hundreds of local, regional, national and international meetings.
Dr. Herndon is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and American College of Rheumatology, along with numerous other associations and societies. He also is a member of the Shands Circle of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and has been a state chairman and co-chairman for many years.