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February 17, 2011
SAN DIEGO—Orthopaedic surgeon Joshua J. Jacobs, MD of Chicago, Ill., was elected the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) second vice president at its 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
"I look forward to serving with the talented and accomplished individuals comprising the Academy's Board of Directors and staff leadership team. These experts collectively invest a significant amount of time and energy determining how our profession can be improved. Orthopaedic Surgery is a specialty that dramatically innovates year after year; that innovation ultimately is patient-focused and patient-driven," said Dr. Jacobs.
Dr. Jacobs is a board-certified and practicing adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgeon with an expertise in total joint replacement and a research interest in the biocompatibility of orthopaedic biomaterials. Currently, Jacobs serves as the William A. Hark, MD/Susanne G. Swift Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (a private practice) and also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick Technological Institute at Northwestern University.
Dr. Jacobs had previously served for six years as the Chair of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment and Technology. He is the past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society and is the current president of the United States Bone and Joint Decade. He also serves as a trustee of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and is past chair of Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices of the American Society for Testing and Materials International. Dr. Jacobs recently completed a four-year term on the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council and has chaired multiple National Institute of Health study sections.
"In my current role with the US Bone and Joint decade I have been focusing on raising the level of awareness of the public, professionals, and policy makers concerning the tremendous burden of musculoskeletal disease on our society. This has helped to prepare me for a leadership role in the AAOS. It is critical for our profession, and for the patients that we serve, that public policy facilitates access to specialty musculoskeletal care in order to mitigate this burden. Going forward, the AAOS will continue to be a leader advocating for continued access to orthopaedic surgical specialists and for enhanced public investment in orthopaedic research."
Graduated with a doctorate of medicine with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and from Northwestern University with a bachelor of science in materials science and engineering, Dr. Jacobs then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency in the Combined Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Program in Boston, Mass., and subsequently a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago under the tutelage of Dr. Jorge Galante.
In addition to his dedication as a volunteer in the orthopaedic education and research community, Dr. Jacobs has won several research awards (including the Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award of the AAOS), has published more than 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has co-edited three books and co-authored more than 35 book chapters. He has presented extensively at a variety of national and international continuing medical education venues.
"The leadership of the Academy is doing great work - and continues looking ahead to develop more quality initiatives to coincide with the AAOS' longstanding commitment to excellence. As a clinician, educator and researcher, the priorities of the AAOS are well aligned with my own. I am enthusiastic about rolling up my sleeves and getting started on the important work of our Academy," said Jacobs.
Josh has been a dedicated leader within the orthopaedic community for quite some time, and his leadership style and sense of humor and will be terrific additions to the Board. Josh's unique expertise is timely given the Academy's priorities - from the education and quality initiatives to the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). In addition, his work with the Bone and Joint Decade will be invaluable experience for our ever-increasing international initiatives. I look forward to welcoming Josh to this role and working with him to serve patients and our membership," said John Callaghan, MD, immediate past president of the AAOS Board of Directors.
Despite his busy schedule of operating, teaching, lecturing and research, Dr. Jacobs enjoys spending time with his wife Faye and his three children Ross, Max and Eve. He also enjoys long-distance cycling and being a "frustrated baritone saxophonist."