American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Michael Bednar Named Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Posted On: March 14, 2023

Chapel Hill, NC— Michael S. Bednar, MD, Chief of Hand Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been named Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery after a national search. Dr. Bednar will begin this part-time position on July 1, 2023, and will continue to treat patients in Chicago.

Dr. Bednar was elected to the ABOS Board of Directors in 2014 and has served as President as well as Chair of ABOS’ Written Examinations Committee. He has a long history of writing examination questions and reviewing others’ questions. Dr. Bednar will relinquish his role as a Board Director prior to becoming Associate Executive Director.

Dr. Bednar specializes in surgery of the hand. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University. Dr. Bednar completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Indiana Hand Center. As a physician-researcher, Dr. Bednar has published scientific articles in prominent journals. He is ABOS Board Certified, has ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand, and is Participating in ABOS Maintenance of Certification.

As the ABOS Associate Executive Director, Dr Bednar will assume a position on the ABOS Management Team that will focus on overseeing all ABOS Written Examinations: ABOS Part I Examination, ABOS Computer-Based Recertification Examinations, ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment (ABOS WLA), and ABOS Subspecialty Examinations. He will manage the development process of those examinations, including blueprints, question writing, field testing, form reviewing, and standard setting. Dr. Bednar will also be responsible for engaging and educating an extensive volunteer force to participate in test development.

“The Board received applications from many prominent orthopaedic surgeons, but Dr. Bednar’s background, insight, and skills will be beneficial to the ABOS in elevating our programs to new levels,” said ABOS Executive Director David F. Martin, MD. “I’ve known Dr. Bednar for many years and know that he will be successful in this new position.”

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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