October 2004 Bulletin

Singer, humorist to speak at Annual Meeting

Dr. Ronan Tynan, Dave Barry will inspire, entertain

By Jeannie Glickson

Guest speakers at AAOS Annual Meetings provide perspective, diversion and invariably, a few good laughs. Guest speakers for the 2005 meeting are no exception. Ronan Tynan, MD, a physician of sports medicine, has overcome disabilities to become a world-renown figure. This accomplished singer will speak as well as entertain. Humorist Dave Barry, a syndicated columnist with the Miami Herald since 1983, will do what he does best: stretch for laughs in an all-too-serious world.

Dr. Ronan Tynan

A member of the “Irish Tenors,” a disabled athlete, a determined humanist and a champion for others with disabilities, Dr. Tynan overcome a multitude of obstacles in achieving his goals.

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Dr. Tynan was afflicted with lower leg problems as a youth. He was injured in a car accident at age 20, and both legs had to be amputated below the knee. But within 12 months, Dr. Tynan began winning medals at games for people with disabilities. Between 1981 and 1990, he amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records in international track and field events. He went on to become the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education in Limerick, Ireland. He then trained in medicine at Trinity College, in Dublin, specializing in sports medicine.

He came late to a career in singing, beginning his formal musical studies at the age of 33 at the College of Music in Dublin. In 1996, Dr. Tynan won the prestigious “Marmande” singing competition in France, where one of the jury members referred to his voice as “a God-given gift.” He was then invited to join the prestigious Pavarotti School. His first album, My Life Belongs to You, was released in August 1998 and, by December of that year, reached platinum. In October 1998, he was asked to join the Irish Tenors, a collaboration that has produced five albums and sold more than 1.5 million albums worldwide.

In December 1999, Dr. Tynan performed solo in New York City, receiving critical acclaim from the New York Times and the New York Post. He was one of the performers at the 2001 Memorial Service in Yankee Stadium held shortly after the September 11 attack on the World Trace Centers.

Dr. Tynan’s message affirms life and reinforces the power that people have within themselves. “You can mentally make your mind strong enough to overcome any obstacles,” he tells audiences. Join him on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in Ballroom A of the Washington Convention Center.

Dave Barry

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988, Barry documents the humor of our times. The international economy, the future of democracy, the infrastructure and even medicine have been targets of his amusing prose.

With any luck, you won’t be standing in front of him for coffee before he speaks on Friday morning. According to Barry, “It is inhumane to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”

Barry was born in Armonk, N.Y., in 1947 and has been growing steadily older, he says, without actually reaching maturity. He has written 25 books and claims that not one of them contains a bit of useful information.

Barry is also the lead guitarist in a popular writers’ rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. The band includes notable writers such as Stephen King, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Roy Blount Jr., Dave Marsh, Ted Bartimus and Kathi Goldmark. They raise dollars for a variety of literacy programs and First Amendment organizations. Their motto is: “We play music as well as Metallica writes novels.”

Expect Barry to be to the point, funny, topical and slightly irreverent.

Make plans to hear him at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, in Ballroom A of the Washington Convention Center.

Visit Placement Center in Washington D.C.

Orthopaedic surgeons looking for a new practice opportunity or to expand their orthopaedic group should plan to visit the AAOS Placement Center during the 72nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Placement Center, located in Hall D of the Washington Convention Center, will be open Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m.–12 noon.

During the meeting, daily publications of Positions Wanted and Practice Opportunities will be distributed. Only listings of those who are in attendance at the meeting will be published daily. Participants can set up on-site interviews by using the message kiosks available at the Placement Center.

If you are currently listed in the AAOS quarterly publication of Practice Opportunities or if you are a candidate looking for employment, the Placement Center is free of charge. However, all participants submitting a new job opportunity listing onsite will be charged $450 per listing. Each representative from your practice who will be interviewing job candidates MUST register for the Annual Meeting to receive a badge and gain entry to the Exhibit Hall and Placement Center.

For additional information, contact the Placement Service at (800) 346-2267 ext. 4259 or email at placement@aaos.org

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