American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

ABOS Announces Four Exceptional Residents for Advisory Panel

Posted On: May 16, 2023

Chapel Hill, NC—The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has selected four exceptional orthopaedic surgery residents to participate as the third cohort of the ABOS Resident Advisory Panel. Many highly qualified orthopaedic residents from across the country applied for two-year terms on the Panel.

The new members of the ABOS Resident Advisory Panel are:

  • Justice Achonu, MD, Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Christopher Johnson, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Mary Kate Skalitzky, MD, University of Iowa
  • Clay Townsend, MD, Temple University Hospital

This cohort will join the second group of Advisory Panel members who were selected last year:

  • Steven Greene, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Michelle Lawson, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Joseph Sliepka, MD, University of Washington
  • Claire Isabelle Verret, MD, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

The ABOS Resident Advisory Panel assists the ABOS by providing information which will be used to support orthopaedic residents across the country. They work with the ABOS Graduate Medical Education (GME) Committee and the ABOS Communications Committee. The goal is for the Advisory Panel to identify and work on a project each year that will benefit orthopaedic residents across the country.

All applicants submitted an application, curriculum vitae (CV), personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from their residency program director. These were reviewed by members of the ABOS Board of Directors who serve on the ABOS GME Committee.

“While we are sad to see our first members of the Resident Advisory Panel complete their two-year term, the four new members have outstanding qualifications and should keep the momentum going,” said ABOS Executive Director Dr. David F. Martin.

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. The ABOS Board of Directors consists of 20 practicing orthopaedic surgeons and one public member. More information can be found about the ABOS can be found at


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