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William M. Ricci, MD, OTA President

Dr Ricci


A special congratulations to OTA’s President Dr. Bill Ricci who was recently named new Trauma Chief at HSS/NYP.

Dr. Ricci succeeds David L. Helfet, M.D. as the chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service (OTS). Dr. Helfet came to HSS 26 years ago to develop an Orthopedic Trauma Program. It has grown substantially and is now world renowned for surgical expertise, research and education. He will continue his surgical practice and to be an integral part of HSS and will collaborate with Dr. Ricci moving forward.

Dr. Ricci is internationally known and well-respected for his expertise in treating complex fractures and their complications. "The OTS is looking forward to the next chapter and wishes Dr. Ricci all the best for his success," said Dr Helfet.

Prior to joining HSS, Dr. Ricci served as chief and fellowship director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service, and vice-chair of Orthopaedics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University before completing his residency at HSS and trauma fellowship in Tampa.

His clinical focus includes fractures of the arms, legs, pelvis and acetabulum (hip), and managing nonunions (improperly healed fractures). In this area, Dr. Ricci has presented his research nationally and internationally; published over 125 peer-reviewed articles; more than 25 book chapters; multiple surgical technique videos; and has edited multiple textbooks including the internationally renowned Rockwood and Green’s textbook on fracture treatment.

Dr. Ricci is currently president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Association, was an American-British-Canadian (ABC) travelling fellow, and has been voted by his peers as a top orthopaedic trauma surgeon in North America.

"I am honored to return home to HSS--the academic medical center that established my orthopaedic education and training foundation," said Dr. Ricci. "I look forward to working with my trauma colleagues and the greater HSS/NYP community to continue to enrich and advance orthopedic care for those who have suffered from traumatic injuries."

Full Press Release


Michael Suk, M.D., selected as Baldrige Executive Fellow



Danville, PA –Michael Suk, M.D., JD, MPH, FACS, Geisinger Health System Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery and Geisinger System Services Chief Physician Officer, is one of 18 executives recently selected to participate in this year’s prestigious Baldrige Performance Excellence program.

Full Press Release



Bob Probe, MD, OTA Past President, Named Chief Medical Officer

PROBE Robert


Dr. Probe took over as chief medical officer (CMO) and executive vice president of Baylor Scott & White Health on January 31, 2016.


Full Article on BaylorScott and White Website 



New AAOS Leadership Appointments 

Congratulations to the new OTA Members selected to the AAOS leadership slate: 

 Henley Brad


M. Bradford Henley, MD, MBA

Nominated to the AAOS Slate for Treasurer

 Zura Bob


Robert D. Zura, MD

ABOS Representative

Cannada L 1


Lisa K. Cannada, MD  

Board of Specialties Chair-Elect


Hospital for Special Surgery Lifetime Achievement Award - David Helfet, MD

David G. Helfet, MD receives the Hospital for Special Surgery lifetime Acheivement Award.  

Helfet Photo Lecturing In India



Full story at HealthPoint Capital. 

HVO Golden Apple Award - Peter G. Trafton, MD

Trafton Peter


Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce that Peter Trafton, MD, FACS is a recipient of the tenth annual HVO Golden Apple Award. As part of its World Health Day observances and in celebration of World Health Worker Week, HVO recognizes the extraordinary contributions of HVO members and volunteers in support of HVO’s mission, organization and/or project sites. Each HVO supporter honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO’s mission to improve global health through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Full Press Release


Kappa Delta Award Winner - Steven A Olson, MD

Steven A Olson, MD's research group wins Kappa Delta Award for Trauma Research. The study on post-traumatic arthritis work, entitled "Early Inhibition of Proinflammatory Cytokines Prevents Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Insights from the Natural History of Arthritis Developing after Intra-Articular Fracture," will be presented on Sunday, March 29, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Kappa Delta Award Paper Presentations (MGM Grand Hotel, Room 118-120), Las Vegas, NV.   

The Kappa Delta Award presentation is Thursday March 26, 10:00 – 11:00 AM: AAOS Ceremonial Meeting (Venetian Ballroom, Venetian Hotel).

"Early Inhibition of Proinflammatory Cytokines Prevents Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Insights from the Natural History of Arthritis Developing after Intra-Articular Fracture"  - Steven A. Olson, MD, Bridgette D. Furman, BS, Virginia B. Kraus, MD, PhD, Janet Huebner, MS, and Farshid Guilak, PhD. 

Kappa Delta Steve Olson 

(L to R: Farshid Guilak, Bridgette D. Furman, Janet Huebner, Virginia Kraus

and Steve Olson)

Dr. Andrew Schmidt named Chief of Orthopaedics

Schmidt, Andy

Andrew Schmidt, MD was recently named Chief of Orthopedics at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

Dr. Schmidt is also a leading researcher in musculoskeletal trauma and its complications. He leads HCMC’s participation in a research partnership sponsored by the Department of Defense that brings many civilian trauma centers together to work with military surgeons to study battlefield injuries and improve care for injured military personnel. The results of this important research is also applied to improve treatment of civilian trauma. Full story here from Hennepin County Medical Center.

Robert V O'Toole Named Chief of Orthopaedic at Shock Trauma

Andrew N. Pollak, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Director of the Program in Trauma and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, have announced that Robert V. O’Toole, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at UM SOM, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Orthpaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Full story here.

2014 AAOS Leadership Fellows Program

Della Rocca And Jahangir 2014


OTA members, Dr. Gregory J Della Rocca, MD, PhD and A Alex Jahangir, MD, are members of the 2014-15 Leadership Fellows Program. 


Established in December 2001, the LFP is a 1-year program that identifies future leaders and prepares them to assume roles of responsibility within AAOS. The LFP combines didactic leadership training with an ongoing mentoring program that matches each participant with an established leader within the orthopaedic community. The mentor and fellow foster a close professional and personal relationship that continues throughout the fellowship year and beyond.

2014 - 2015 LFP Class

Program Information


The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing: The Perspective of the Orthopedic Traumatologist

For most Americans, April 15 is generally remembered as the ominous day of the year that taxes are due. However, for nearly 27,000 runners representing 77 nations, and more than half a million fans, friends and family members, April 15, 2013 will be a day they will never forget. The Boston Marathon is the oldest continuous running marathon in America, first run in 1897. It is generally considered the most prestigious annual running event that is open to the public, once qualifications are met. Prior to its 117th consecutive running, it had not been generally viewed as a target for a "terrorist attack". However, on April 15, 2013, two misguided brothers placed explosive filled backpacks with remote detonator switches within yards of each other and the finish line of the Boston Marathon.The following paragraphs will highlight the extraordinary efforts put forth by the medical community of Boston and, in particular, many members of the OTA. (Full Story)


- Mitchel B Harris, MD and Michael J Weaver, MD

Michael J Bosse - 2013 SOMOS' Brian D Allgood Memorial Leadership Award Winner


Bosse MichaelCAPT(Ret) Michael J. Bosse is the epitome of a Military Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr. Bosse is currently a Professor of Orthopaedics and the Director of Clinical Research at the Carolinas Medical Center and is also the Co-PI and Clinical Chair of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), prior to which he was an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma Center. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, and then President, of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association where he instituted a policy providing Active Duty Military Orthopaedic Surgeons free membership. He has been instrumental in attaining funding for military orthopaedics through the annual Extremity War Injuries Symposiums which has resulted in over a hundred million dollars of funding for military research and has led to the largest multicenter study looking at many of the most difficult challenges facing military orthopaedic surgeons. For these reasons, and many more, we honor him.

SOMOS Bosse 


 About the Award

 Past Award Winners








Gregory J Della Rocca, MD, PhD


MU Study finds Surgeons Could Underestimate Domestic Violence-Related Injuries - University of Missouri, School of Medicine website 



Ficke Retirement CFI 2013 Large


On the Event of His Retirement from Active Military Service The Orthopaedic Trauma Association Recognizes


                Colonel James Ficke, MD


For His Long History of Exceptional Leadership and Contributions to the Advancement of Orthopaedic Combat Casualty Care and Research (2 August 2013).




Shuler Frank W Patient


Dr. Franklin Shuler awarded NIH grant as Co-PI on a rotator cuff injuries. More info is available here.




Ortega Gilbert

Dr. Gil Ortega to perform world's first orthopaedic trauma surgery using Google Glass. Read the entire story here from ABC15: http://bit.ly/15GAOyh 


 See his interview with CBS Scottsdale here: http://bit.ly/Ortegagg




Photo Stan Honda , AFP_Getty Images USA Today


"At Least 14 Amputees are Among Wounded in Boston Attach"

Elizabeth Weise, G. Jeffrey MacDonald and Karen Weintraub, USA Today, April 18, 2013


Photo: Stan Honda, AFP/Getty Images



Smith , R Malcolm NYT Article

 "Lessons Learned from Military Surgeries    Informed Treatment of Boston Victims"

 - Gina Kolata

 New York Times

 April 16, 2013




Andy Schmidt

"OTA President Comments on Research, Treatment of Blast Injuries"

Hennepin County Medical Center Newsroom


April 16, 2013



Inspired by son, 64 year-old Heads to Afghanistan

When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Bone heard the Army had a great need for surgeons, he made the decision to put himself in harm’s way to help men like his son, who was injured in Iraq. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.

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