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 six physicians two out of every three years and the Board elects two Director-Elects each year.

The Board wants to hear from you. Feel free to contact James D. Kang, MD, ABOS President or David F. Martin, MD, ABOS Executive Director.

Officers

James D. Kang, MD

Boston, MA | President

James D. Kang, MD, is President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has served as Treasurer and Chair of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification and Research Committees. Dr. Kang was elected to the Board in 2017. He is Thomas S. Thornhill, MD, and Karen N. Thornhill 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.

Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA

Greenville, SC | Vice President

Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, is Vice President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and served as Chair of the ABOS Credentials Committee. Dr. Porter was elected to the Board in 2017. He is Vice Chair of Operations in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Prisma Health-Upstate where he specializes in bone and soft tissue tumors.

Kevin L. Garvin, MD

Omaha, NE | President-Elect

Kevin L. Garvin, MD, is President-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has served 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.

Wayne J. Sebastianelli, MD

University Park, PA | Secretary

Wayne J. Sebastianelli, MD, is Secretary of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has served as Chair of the ABOS Subspecialty Certification and Written Examination Committees. 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.

Kyle J. Jeray, MD

Greenville, SC | Treasurer

Kyle J. Jeray, MD, is Treasurer of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Jeray was elected to the Board in 2021. He is Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Prisma Health-Update where he specializes in orthopaedic trauma.

Directors

Martin I. Boyer, MD

St. Louis, MO

Martin I Boyer, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Written Examinations and Subspecialty Certification Committees. He was elected to the Board in 2021. He is the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he specializes in hand and microvascular surgery.

Matthew R. DiCaprio, MD

Albany, NY

Matthew R. DiCaprio, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery as serves as Vice Chair of the ABOS Oral Examinations Committee. Dr. DiCaprio was elected to the Board in 2022. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pathology at Albany Medical Center where he serves as Director of Orthopedic Oncology.

Steven L. Frick, MD

Palo Alto, CA

Steven L. Frick, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Vice Chair of the ABOS Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Frick was elected to the Board in 2022. He is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health / Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford where he specializes in pediatric orthopaedics.

Gregory P. Guyton, MD

Baltimore, MD

Gregory P. Guyton, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Research Committee and Vice Chair of the ABOS Credentials Committee. Dr. Guyton was elected to the Board in 2020. 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.

Gregory P. McComis, MD

Munster, IN

Gregory P. McComis, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. McComis was elected to the Board in 2023. He is President, and Orthopaedic Surgeon at North Point Orthopaedics 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 Chair of the ABOS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and 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.

Lisa A. Taitsman, MD

Seattle, WA

Lisa A. Taitsman, MD, is Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Graduate Medical Education Maintenance of Certification Committees. 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

April D. Armstrong, MD

Hershey, PA

April D. Armstrong, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Armstrong was elected to the Board in 2016 and has served as President and Chair of the ABOS Written Examinations and Graduate Medical Education Committees. She is C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Frederick M. Azar, MD

Memphis, TN

Frederick M. Azar, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Azar was elected to the Board in 2016 and has served as Vice President and Chair of the ABOS Oral Examination Committee. 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.

John M. Flynn, MD

Philadelphia, PA

John M. Flynn, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Flynn was elected to the Board in 2014 and has served as Vice President and 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.

Joshua J. Jacobs, MD

Chicago, IL

Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, is Senior Director 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.

Gregory A. Mencio, MD

Nashville, TN

Gregory A. Mencio, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Mencio was elected to the Board in 2015 and has served as President and 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

Ann E. Van Heest, MD, is Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Van Heest was elected to the Board in 2015 and has served as Vice President and 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.

Directors Elect

James R. Ficke

Baltimore, MD

James R. Ficke, MD, is Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the Robert A. Robinson Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine, where he specializes in foot and ankle surgery and orthopaedic trauma.

Brian R. Wolf, MD, MS

Iowa City, IA

Brian R. Wolf, MD, MS, is Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgey. He is the Kim and John Callaghan Endowed Chair in Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Public Member

Eric L. Conley

Milwaukee, WI

Eric L. Conley is Public Member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as Chair of the ABOS Communications Committee. 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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