June 2004 Bulletin

Meet your new Board members

Five join AAOS Board of Directors

At the 2004 Annual Meeting, five orthopaedic surgeons were introduced as new members of the AAOS Board of Directors. Representing the diversity of the organization and the depth of its volunteers, from various parts of the country and with different practice settings, the new board members are people you should know.

Richard F. Kyle, MD

Richard F. Kyle, MD

Second Vice President

A graduate of Loyola University School of Medicine (Maywood, Ill.), Richard F. Kyle, MD, completed his residency at the University of Minnesota and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army and completed a biomechanics fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York.

Dr. Kyle specializes in trauma and adult reconstruction orthopaedics and currently chairs the department of orthopaedic surgery at the Hennepin (Minn.) County Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and public teaching hospital. He is also professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Biomechanics Laboratory.

Dr. Kyle serves on the AAOS Council on Education and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, the Midwest Orthopaedic Research Foundation and the Twin Cities Orthopaedic Education Association. He is a founding member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, OREF, and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). He has served on many AAOS task forces and committees.

Dr. Kyle has published two books and has authored 18 book chapters and more than 25 five peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has given many scientific presentations both nationally and internationally. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Kyle has served as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, is an honorary member of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Society and has been named a “Top Doctor” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine for seven consecutive years.

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD

The recipient of the 2004 AAOS Humanitarian Award, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, was born in Kumasi, Ghana. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 21, graduated from Brooklyn College and earned his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and went on to pursue advanced training in scoliosis at the University of Minnesota.

He is currently chief of scoliosis services at HSS, associate attending orthopaedic surgeon at HSS and New York Presbyterian Hospital, and associate attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His achievements as an educator were honored with HSS’s Philip D. Wilson Award for Outstanding Teacher.

Dr. Boachie-Adjei is an active member of AAOS, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), AOA, ORS, North American Spine Society, Eastern Orthopaedic Association and American Medical Association. He is also founder and chairman of the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine—a nonprofit organization that provides orthopaedic and spine care to thousands of underserved people in Ghana and Barbados.

Dr. Boachie-Adjei has published more than 45 scientific articles and authored or co-authored more than 15 book chapters. He has also completed numerous abstracts and short publications.

Dwight W. Burney III, MD

Dwight W. Burney III, MD
BOC Secretary

A graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Dwight W. Burney III, MD, received his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Missouri Medical Center and his orthopaedic residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He has also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Burney is a member of the AAOS Communications, Publications and Health Care Delivery committees, and serves on the Council on Research and Scientific Affairs. A specialist in sports medicine, occupational orthopaedics, reconstructive and trauma surgery, and joint injury, Dr. Burney has been New Mexico’s representative to the Board of Councilors since 2001.

Dr. Burney is currently an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice at New Mexico Orthopaedics and is on staff at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. He has served as team physician for several Albuquerque sports teams, including a professional volleyball team, two minor league baseball teams, a basketball team, a hockey team and high school sports teams.

Dr. Burney is an active member of the New Mexico Medical Association and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association. He is a past president of the New Mexico Orthopaedic Association and was the New Mexico state chairman for OREF.

Frances A. Farley, MD

Frances A. Farley, MD

A member of the AAOS Leadership Fellows Class of 2004, Frances A. Farley, MD, is currently associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of pediatric orthopaedic surgery services at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She is also staff surgeon at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor and at the Livonia Surgery Center in Livonia, Mich., as well as a consulting surgeon at Ann Arbor VA Hospital..

After graduating from Duke University in Durham, N.C., Dr. Farley completed her medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and spent her surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

Dr. Farley also has completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Her clinical interests include scoliosis, limb lengthening and pediatric trauma.

Dr. Farley is an active member of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, the SRS, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Program Committee of the AAOS.

Dr. Farley has authored or co-authored more than 28 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and is also a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine. The recipient of a Council on Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies/Scoliosis Research Society grant, Dr. Farley serves as a reviewer for the Orthopaedic Career Development Awards sponsored by the OREF and Zimmer.

Andrew N. Pollak, MD

Andrew N. Pollak, MD
COMSS Secretary

After graduating from Chicago’s Northwestern University Medical School, Andrew N. Pollak, MD, went on to a surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He has also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Dr. Pollak is currently associate professor, department of orthopaedics, division of orthopaedic traumatology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and attending orthopaedic trauma surgeon, section of orthopaedic traumatology at The R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. His major research interests include the role and timing of fracture fixation in the multiply-injured patient, and effect of field decisions on time to definitive care and long-term outcomes from trauma.

Dr. Pollak is the chief financial officer of the OTA; director, Maryland Orthopaedic Association; a member of the AAOS Councils on Health Policy and Academic Affairs, and also chairman of the Data Safety Monitoring Board of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He has served on many other AAOS committees.

An author or co-author of seven books, Dr. Pollak has also written book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts. He is a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and he is on the editorial board of Orthopaedics Today.

Get involved

“I can’t imagine not being involved in the AAOS,” says AAOS second vice president Richard F. Kyle, MD. “It is just such a tremendous resource and an incredible asset to our profession.”

While others may see volunteering as time away from their practices and patients, Dr. Kyle looks at his involvement with the AAOS as a way to better serve his patients.

“I see the time I spend working with the Academy as essential to my ability to deliver better care to my patients,” he says. “The interaction with knowledgeable surgeons who are at the cutting-edge of research and surgical procedures enables me to learn from their experiences. No matter what stage of your career, involvement provides a broader context and a source for both clinical knowledge and practice management.”

The AAOS provides members with several opportunities for involvement, and you can tailor your level of commitment to your needs. The KEI (Knowledge, Experience, Interest) system was developed to help members find matches for their talents and involvement interests. A listing of open positions on councils, committees, subcommittees and project teams is available on the AAOS Web site. Because the site is continually updated to reflect the changing needs of the organization, if you don’t find anything that suits you when you first visit, be sure to check back on a regular basis.

Each KEI listing includes the committee’s charges, as well as a description of the position, starting date and length of term, member responsibilities and qualifications needed. Links are provided to see other members of the committee and to the application form. To access the KEI system, visit the Committee/Council Vacancies of the AAOS website.

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