American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Posted On: November 10, 2015

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Announces Its 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Chapel Hill, NC—The Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) recently selected its 2015-2016 Officers and elected two new Directors-Elect.

J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, Chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, will serve as President. He, along with the President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary, hold their office for a one-year term.

Thomas Vail, MD, James L. Young Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, will serve as Vice President.

James Roberson, MD, Chair and Professor of Orthopaedics at Emory University, will serve as President-Elect.

James Carpenter, MD, Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, will serve as Secretary.

Douglas Lundy, MD, Co-President of Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Georgia, will serve as Treasurer.

“These officers are all nationally known surgeons and leaders who will help guide ABOS for the coming year,” said Shep Hurwitz, MD, ABOS Executive Director.

The Board also elected its two Directors-Elect: Gregory Mencio, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, and Ann Van Heest, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

“Dr. Mencio and Dr. Van Heest are two highly accomplished orthopaedic surgeons who will be valuable team members of the Board,” said Hurwitz.

The Board consists of 21 members which include 12 Active Directors, six Senior Directors, two Directors-Elect, and one Public Member Director. All members serve one 10-year term while the Public Member Director serves a three-year term. Nominations come from the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. Each organization nominates four physicians two out of every three years and the Board votes for one candidate from each slate. Officers are current Board members elected by other Board members. For a full list of members, go to BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at


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