American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research


“Why I Chose Adult Hip and Knee Replacement as a Career”

Orthopod, the eNewsletter of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics published an article in its September 2014 issue by Christopher Blair, DO, MBA  titled “Why I Chose Adult Hip and Knee Replacement as a Career.” Dr. Blair highlights his experience with The Match, the AAHKS Annual Meeting, and what he gained by attending the Annual Resident Course. Full… Read More

Wall Street Journal Reports on Insider Trading Probe involving Medicare Agency

According to The Wall Street Journal, authorities are interviewing CMS officials and others after shares of Dendreon, Corp. fell 10% on June 7, 2010. The investigation centers around leaks made by a CMS official in an internal email to staff members. “The Securities and Exchange Commission is pursuing the three overlapping insider-trading investigations involving CMS,” WSJ reports. Full… Read More

Executive Director Meets with Senator

Mike Zarski and senator

AAHKS Executive Director Mike Zarski, along with AAOS Executive Director Karen Hackett, met with U.S. Senator John Barrasso, MD (R-WY) on Wednesday. Senator Barrasso, an orthopaedic surgeon, was passing through Chicago as he campaigned for a number of Senate candidates across the country. Over lunch, the discussion focused on likely election outcomes and how they would affect the… Read More

AJRR Obtains CMS QCDR Designation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had designated the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the collection of medical and/or clinical data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking to foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients. AJRR is partnering with CECity, a leading provider… Read More

New TKR Technology in Developed by AAHKS Member

This week, the Billings Gazette featured the story  of AAHKS member, Dean C. Sukin, MD and a patient who received the new Vanguard XP Knee System that Dr. Sukin helped develop. Dr. Sukin is one of two surgeons in Montana who are trained to perform the surgery using the new technology. He has “been performing the procedure about… Read More

Patient Education on AAHKS Website in Demand

Every day, nearly 600 visitors go to the “Total Hip Replacement” and “Total Knee Replacement” patient education pages on the AAHKS website. The unique visitors are coming to the AAHKS website from searches at and going directly to the articles. Keywords such as “hip, knee, hip & knee, hip and knee, and hip and knee replacement” bring… Read More

Zimmer Moves Up to Gold Corporate Partner

For their support and commitment to AAHKS, Zimmer, is recognized as a Gold Corporate Partner due to their increase in their overall support of the Annual Meeting. The Corporate Partnership program allows AAHKS to recognize those in the industry that demonstrate a commitment to supporting AAHKS in addressing the medical, educational, socioeconomic and health policy issues that we… Read More

CEO of aethenahealth, Inc. to Give Keynote Speech

Jon Bush

This year’s keynote speaker for the 24th AAHKS Annual Meeting will be Jonathan Bush, CEO and President of aethenahealth, Inc. He co-founded the Company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Today, athenahealth remains one of the health care information technology industry’s fastest growing companies.  In his first… Read More

JBJS Features Prehabilitation Study

The October 1st issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery features a study of physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, and found that “prehabilitation” can diminish the need for postoperative care and save on costs. OrthoSpineNews from the AAOS reported on this study of 4,733 THR and TKR patients, and said, “Approximately 77 percent of patients… Read More