Meet your new Board members
At the 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago, five orthopaedic surgeons were introduced as new members of the AAOS Board of Directors. Although they come from different parts of the country and represent various specialties and professional societies, the new members share a strong commitment to the Academy.
E. Anthony Rankin, MD
“As the first African-American in the presidential line of the AAOS, I am honored to help carry out the Academy’s mission, which includes promoting diversity within orthopaedics,” Dr. Rankin said. “I am committed to supporting the Academy’s new governance structure, and to responding to the needs of our members and patients. Our student mentoring and Leadership Fellows programs, as well as the advisory boards on diversity and women’s health issues will help our profession prepare for the future and address the important issue of cultural competency.”
Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Rankin has previously served as president of the District of Columbia Orthopaedic Society, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is also a member of the board of directors for the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. His medical society memberships include the American Medical Association (AMA), the ACS, the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Rankin has served two terms on the AAOS Board of Directors—one term as a member-at-large, and one term as secretary. He has also held leadership positions within AAOS councils and committees, most recently as chair of the Member Communications Committee, and as a member of the Council on Communications.
Formerly a member of the Journal of the National Medical Association’s editorial board, Dr. Rankin now serves on the editorial board for Orthopedics, and upon his election as second vice president, recently stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of the AAOS Bulletin. He also serves as medical consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to publishing more than 36 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Rankin has given many scientific presentations and lectures both nationally and internationally.
Singled out for numerous honors and awards, Dr. Rankin is a five-time recipient of a certificate of commendation from the government of the District of Columbia, and has been recognized by Georgetown University/Providence Hospital with their Teaching Excellence Award for 10 consecutive years. He is also a seven-time recipient of the AMA’s Physician’s Recognition Award. Having served as a major in the medical corps in Vietnam, Dr. Rankin is a decorated member of the U.S. Army and a recipient of both the Bronze Star Award and the Army Commendation Medal.
Norman Y. Otsuka, MD
Dr. Otsuka is active in numerous professional societies, including the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), the AOA, the California Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the ACS. Within the AAOS, Dr. Otsuka most recently served on the Academy’s Evaluation Committee and is a past member of its Pediatric Evaluation Subcommittee.
In addition to his roles on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Part B and as a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Dr. Otsuka has authored and coauthored several book chapters, published more than 47 peer-reviewed articles and conducted presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and Peru. He has held a visiting professorship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., and also served as a coinvestigator for a research project funded by the NIH.
The recipient of various honors and awards, Dr. Otsuka was recognized with the Best Teacher Award from the University of California, San Francisco in 1998, received POSNA’s St. Giles Young Investigators Award in 2002 and was selected as a fellow in the 2002–2003 AAOS Leadership Fellows Program.
Ken Yamaguchi, MD
After earning his medical degree from George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., Dr. Yamaguchi completed his residency at George Washington Hospital, and a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
His professional affiliations include membership in the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons—where he serves as a member-at-large of its executive committee, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the AOA and the Orthopaedic Research Society. He has held positions on the AAOS Research Committee and Scientific Program Committee, among others.
The author of more than 100 publications, Dr. Yamaguchi is an editorial reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and an associate editor for Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He is the former associate editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and current deputy editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ section on upper extremity, shoulder and elbow.
The recipient of various awards and honors throughout his career, Dr. Yamaguchi was selected to complete the AOA’s prestigious John J. Fahey Memorial North American Traveling Fellowship, was recognized with the Thomas M. Coffman Career Development Award from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and received the Palma Chironis Teaching Award from Washington University’s department of orthopaedic surgery. In addition, he was recently awarded a large grant from the NIH to study the natural history of rotator cuff disease.
John T. Gill, MD
“It’s a privilege to be elected as secretary of the AAOS Board of Councilors,” said Dr. Gill. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve both my colleagues and the orthopaedic profession in our efforts to enhance the musculoskeletal care of our patients.”
Active in numerous professional societies, Dr. Gill will also serve as President of the Texas Orthopaedic Association in 2007. He is a member of the AMA House of Delegates and a former board member of the Dallas County Medical Society.
Dr. Gill is an active volunteer in the community, serving on the board of directors of the Dallas Summer Musicals and as chairman of the Texas Healthcare Task Force. He is also a former board member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas Youth and Family Centers and a team physician for the Dallas Independent School District. Dr. Gill is currently cochairing the 2006 Cotes du Coeur Gala in Dallas, which benefits the American Heart Association, and was elected as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
James P. Tasto, MD
“It is extremely important to promote unity in orthopaedics to enhance the care of our patients,” said Dr. Tasto. “I am privileged to be elected by the Board of Specialty Societies to work with the Academy on issues that affect orthopaedic specialty societies now and in the future.”
Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Tasto serves as president of the board of directors of the Orthopaedic Learning Center, chair of the AOSSM Membership Committee and regional chair for OREF. He is a past-president of both the AANA and the Western Orthopaedic Association’s San Diego Chapter, and served as a member of the AAOS Council on Communications. Dr. Tasto is also a team physician and consultant for the U.S. Olympic men’s volleyball and U.S. national soccer teams.
Dr. Tasto currently serves on the editorial board for the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review, and is the department editor for the American Journal of Orthopaedics. In addition to publishing approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and audiovisual productions, he has given more than 600 local, regional, national and international scientific presentations and lectures.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Tasto received the Western Orthopaedic Association’s 2004 Lloyd W. Taylor Award. He is also a three-time recipient of the Francis West Award for best clinical teacher from the University of California, San Diego.