American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Board of Directors

The Board consists of 21 members which include 12 Directors, six Senior Directors, two Directors-Elect, and one Public Director. All Directors  serve one seven-year term with most serving an additional three years as Senior Directors. The Public Director may serve two three-year terms.

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 elects one candidate from each slate.

The Board wants to hear from you. Feel free to contact Michael S. Bednar, MD, ABOS President or David F. Martin, MD, ABOS Executive Medical Director.

 

Officers

Michael S. Bednar, MD

Maywood, IL | President

Michael S. Bednar, MD, is President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bednar was elected to the Board in 2014 and has served as Chair of the ABOS Written Examinations Committee. He is Chief of Hand Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

John M. Flynn, MD

Philadelphia, PA | Vice President

John M. Flynn, MD, is Vice President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Flynn was elected to the Board in 2014 and has served as Chair of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification Committee. He is Richard M. Armstrong Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Gregory A. Mencio, MD

Nashville, TN | President-Elect

Gregory A. Mencio, MD, is President-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Mencio was elected to the Board in 2015 and has served as Chair of the ABOS Credentials and Research Committees. He is Neil E. Green Professor of Orthopaedics and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in pediatric orthopaedics.

Ann E. Van Heest, MD

Minneapolis, MN | Secretary

Ann E. Van Heest, MD, is Secretary of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Van Heest was elected to the Board in 2015 and has served as Chair of the ABOS Graduate Medical Education and Subspecialty Committees. She is Professor and Vice-Chair of Education, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, where she practices as a hand surgeon, specializing in pediatric upper extremity.

Frederick M. Azar, MD

Germantown, TN | Treasurer

Frederick M. Azar, MD, is Treasurer and Chair of the Oral Examinations Committee of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Azar was elected to the Board in 2016. He is Chief of Staff of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and Professor at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, where he specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Directors

April D. Armstrong, MD

Hershey, PA

April D. Armstrong, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Written Examinations Graduate Medical Education Committees. Dr. Armstrong was elected to the Board in 2016. She is Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State Bone and Joint Institute, where she specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Kevin L. Garvin, MD

Omaha, NE

Kevin L. Garvin, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Vice Chair of the ABOS Oral Examinations Committee. Dr. Garvin was elected to the Board in 2018. He is the L. Thomas Hood, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska, where he specializes in adult reconstruction surgery.

James D. Kang, MD

Boston, MA

James D. Kang, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification Research Committees. Dr. Kang was elected to the Board in 2017 . He is the Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he specializes in spine surgery.

Charles L. Nelson, MD

Philadelphia, PA

Charles L. Nelson MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Vice Chair of the ABOS Credentials Committee. Dr. Nelson was elected to the Board in 2019. He is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Adult Reconstruction, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in adult reconstruction surgery.

Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA

Greenville, SC

Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Credentials Committee. Dr. Porter was elected to the Board in 2017. He is Vice President of Organizational Equity and Inclusion, Prisma Health, where he specializes in bone and soft tissue tumors.

Wayne J. Sebastianelli, MD

University Park, PA

Wayne J. Sebastianelli, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Subspecialty Certification Committee and Vice Chair of the ABOS Written Examination Committee. Dr. Sebastianelli was elected to the Board in 2018. He is the Kalenak Professor in Orthopaedics at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Medical Director, Penn State Sports Medicine, where he specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Lisa A. Taitsman, MD

Seattle, WA

Lisa A. Taitsman, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Vice Chair of the ABOS Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Taitsman was elected to the Board in 2019. She is Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, where she specializes in orthopaedic trauma.

Senior Directors

Joshua J. Jacobs, MD

Chicago, IL

Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, is Senior Direcgtor of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Jacobs was elected to the Board in 2016 and previously served as Vice President and Chair of the ABOS Oral Examination Committee. He is the William A. Hark, MD and Susanne G. Swift Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, where he specializes in adult reconstruction surgery.

Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA

Marietta, GA

Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Lundy was elected to the Board in 2012 and has served as President, Treasurer, and Chair of the ABOS Oral Examinations Committee. He is Co-President of Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he specializes in orthopaedic trauma surgery.

Peter M. Murray, MD

Jacksonville, FL

Peter M. Murray, MD, is currently a Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Murray was elected to the Board in 2011 and has served as ABOS President, Chair of the ABOS Credentials Committee, Chair of the Subspecialty Committee, and Chair of the Combined Committee on Surgery of the Hand. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, where he specializes in hand and microvascular surgery.

Terrance D. Peabody, MD

Chicago, IL

Terrance D. Peabody, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Peabody was elected to the Board in 2011 and has served as Vice President and Secretary and as Chair of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification Committee. He is Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Edwin Warner Ryerson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he specializes in bone and soft tissue tumors.

Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Salt Lake City, UT

Charles L. Saltzman, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Saltzman was elected to the Board in 2012 and has served as Vice President, Secretary, and as Chair of the ABOS Credentials and Research Committees. He is Chair of Orthopaedics and the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Professor at the University of Utah, where he specializes in foot and ankle surgery.

Rick W. Wright, MD

Nashville, TN

Rick W. Wright, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Wright was elected to the Board in 2014 and has served as President and Chair of the ABOS Written Examination Committee. He is the Chairperson, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Directors Elect

Michael D. Daubs, MD

Las Vegas, NV

Michael D. Daubs, MD, is Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNLV School of Medicine where he specializes in spinal surgery.

Gregory P. Guyton, MD

Baltimore, MD

Gregory P. Guyton, MD, is Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Director of the Foot and Ankle Division in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Union Memorial Hospital where he specializes in foot and ankle surgery.

Public Member

Eric L. Conley

Milwaukee, WI

Eric L. Conley is Public Member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Mr. Conley was elected to the Board in 2020. He is Executive Vice President at Froedtert Health and President, Froedtert Hospital

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