Greetings from New Orleans!


AAOS ANNUAL MEETING 2014 IN NEW ORLEANS - SUPERDOME

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons was held in the city of New Orleans.  My colleague and great friend from the Harvard Orthopedic residency program days, Joshua Jacobs, was the AAOS President and has done a tremendous job in leading our organization, advocating for patients, physicians, and musculoskeletal research.  He is chairman at Rush Medical Center in Chicago Illinois.

I enjoyed being his guest at the Presidential Reception held in the Superdome and hearing his addresses at the meeting and at the Orthopedic Research Society meeting.
 
In my role as Chairman of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Commercial Support Committee and Corporate Advisory Council, we had 15 hours of face-to-face meetings with leaders in the orthopedic industry regarding collaboration with the ASSH to benefit patients.  They were excited to hear about the digital platform which is being rolled out by the ASSH, in which all of the educational content the society produces will be available on remote devices.  This will be coupled with an exhaustive catalog of instructional videos and important information to help surgeons to take care of patients and access products that are used in surgery through the Industry Guide that I am tasked to help develop.


DR. DIAO WITH JOE THEISMAN AT THE AAOS ANNUAL MEETING 2014. DR. DIAO IS AN INVESTOR IN CONFORMIS AND A COLLEAGUE OF THE CEO, PHILIPP LANG MD.

Additionally, research dollars and educational dollars are being spent to train young surgeons and in particular those that serve in our military.  The touching hand's project is coordinating and infrastructure for medical missions and out reached to under privileged people.



I was invited once again to lead an AAOS Ask The Experts session on hand and wrist problems.  We had many eager participants (above photo right) and cases from the audience to discuss in addition to the cases that I brought along with Dr. Seitz from the Cleveland Clinic (above photo left).

In terms of fellowship, I had the pleasure of attending the AOA alumni fellowship reception for those who have participated in traveling fellowships as ambassadors of American Orthopaedic Surgery, in my case to Japan.  Most of the leaders in our profession are members of this esteemed group.


DR. DIAO AT THE ARMY MEDICAL TENT ON DISPLAY AT THE AAOS ANNUAL MEETING

Additionally, I was able to reconnect with colleagues from the Harvard, Columbia/NYOH, and UCSF orthopedic programs at our receptions. Many oysters were consumed in the name of fellowship and comradery!.
 
As for places to go next time you are in New Orleans, check out Drago’s for baked oysters, Mother’s for traditional ham, gumbo, jambalaya and po’boys low brow, Antoine’s for high brow. Lilette on Magazine St for the spectacular gourmet fare (duck and desserts to die for). And legendary Tipitina’s for music!


Originally posted on March 19, 2014

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