Section on Orthopaedics
Letter from the Chair

Dr Otsuka
Norman Y Otsuka, MD

The AAP Section on Orthopaedics (SOOr) is the second largest membership of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the nation. Our membership is led by an innovative and dynamic Executive Committee. I am proud to report on the activities of our membership for 2014.

As your new chair, I will work with your Executive Committee with an agenda to:

1.  Increase membership;
2.  Develop a Strategic Plan for our future;
3.  Engage the membership to be more involved;
4.  Work on funding sources for our programs.

As recent past chairs, Drs Richard Schwend and William Hennrikus have left a great legacy for membership. Dr Schwend continues to lead the Section with his role on the National Membership Committee. Dr Hennrikus serves on the NCE Planning Group and is our representative to the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

Drs Josh Hyman, Martin Herman, and Josh Abzug will join the hard working Executive Committee. Drs Brian Smith, Brian Shaw, and Ted Ganley remain on the Executive Committee. Dr Brian Shaw tirelessly works to review publications and documents from the AAP which are pertinent to our Section and Dr Ted Ganley is Program Chair of our Section's academic activities at the annual NCE. Dr Yi-Meng Yen will assume the role of Abstract Chair for our Section academic program.

Some of our highlights for 2014 include:

1.  Funding  of our Global Outreach Scholarship Program by K2M (Dr Schwend spearheaded this effort);
2.  Successful Academic Program at our Annual AAP National Convention and Exhibition (NCE) in San Diego, CA;
3.  Completion of Workforce Survey (data in analysis);
4.  Review of policies, documents, and  statements (Medical Devices, DDH, Scoliosis).

The "Crown Jewel" of our Section is our Academic Program at the annual NCE. This year over 100 abstracts were submitted for 52 presentations by mostly Investigators in Training. Through POSNA, Dr Bob Cady has generously endowed the 3 awards of $1000 for the 3 best papers at the meeting. These abstracts can now be viewed on our website and will be published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr Behrooz Akbarnia was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. His contributions to the treatment of the growing spine are unparalleled in pediatric orthopaedics. Dr Akbarnia's presentation was inspiring and educated everyone in the audience.

We look forward to an exciting 2015 with work already underway for our Section.

Our Section works closely with POSNA and the USBJI on many projects. Notably, our Section has representation on the POSNA Board and the USBJI Board. Drs Ellen Raney and Scott Rosenfeld are working on the Pediatric Chapters of the most recent update of the USBJI Burden of Musculoskeletal Health. Previous editions did not include a chapter on Pediatrics. Dr Ben Martin is our newly appointed member on the USBJI Board.

For Continuing Medical Education, our Executive Committee is actively working to pursue a "Boot Camp" for Musculoskeletal Education for Pediatricians. Drs Schwend and Hennrikus are planning this course with the use of novel technology to have the course simulcast in 2 locations. It will be an exciting learning experience.

With the advent of social media and instant messaging Dr Martin Herman has tested an "eBulletin" for members. It will be a way for members to communicate news, information, and clinical cases for review. We hope to get participation in this new project from the members.

The Strategic Plan will be an exciting opportunity to define the Section's direction for the future. The Executive Committee and I hope to be inclusive, responsive, and action-oriented to the needs of the Section. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or issues regarding the AAP at

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