Michael Archdeacon, MD, OTA President - Press Release



OTA Announces New President Michael T. Archdeacon, MD

Oct. 21, 2021

The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) has announced the installation of its new president, Michael T. Archdeacon, MD. Dr. Archdeacon previously served on the OTA Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large and chaired the OTA Research Committee. He is also a past president of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Councilors (BOC) and the BOC State Orthopaedic Societies Committee.

“I am humbled and grateful to serve as the 37th President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, following the incredible legacy of Heather A. Vallier, MD,” said Dr. Archdeacon. “As we move forward, I’d like the organization to focus on several themes, which emerged during our Annual Meeting: first and foremost, we need to take care of ourselves. The moral injury that physicians sustain on a routine basis has had significant impact on us as individuals and as an organization. It is clear that we need to focus both personally and as an association on assessing our wellbeing, and ensuring that we have the resolve and the resources to care for ourselves and each other.

“Additionally, I’d like to note that Dr. Vallier crashed through the glass ceiling as our first female President. This is an amazing accomplishment for Dr. Vallier and the OTA. However, the fact that it took 36 years demonstrates that we have a lot of work to do in order to ensure that our association is welcoming to all of our members. We are obligated to expand the diversity, in all capacities, of the OTA in order to meet the needs of our patients and our members. This responsibility lies on all of us, and I look forward to working with all to reach our goals.”

Dr. Archdeacon joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati in 2001. He served as Vice-Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2006 through 2013, when he was appointed the Peter J. Stern Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as the Chief of Staff for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center from 2008 to 2012, and as the Medical Director of Operative Services for UC Health from 2011 to 2020. In 2021 Dr. Archdeacon was elected as CEO of UC Physicians and appointed as the Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for the UC College of Medicine.

Dr. Archdeacon obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Tulane University School of Engineering. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he received his MD along with a Master of Science in Engineering. He completed his orthopaedic residency training at Case Western Reserve, where he also participated in a one-year Allen Orthopaedic Surgical Research Fellowship at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Tampa General Hospital under the direction of Roy Sanders, MD. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, specializing in difficult fracture care and fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum. Dr. Archdeacon has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been invited as a visiting professor both nationally and internationally at thirty-five institutions. He has been named a “Best Doctor in America” by Cincy Magazine and a “Top Doc” in Cincinnati magazine for 14 consecutive years.


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OTA is the leading orthopaedic trauma specialty association in North America and one of the premier trauma specialty associations overall. OTA works to promote excellence in care for injured patients, through provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of orthopaedic surgeons and the public. OTA members worldwide provide leadership through education, research, and patient advocacy.

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