American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

Press Kit

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The AAHKS office is located in the Orthopaedic Headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois, USA

About AAHKS and its Members

Established in 1991, the mission of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) is to advance hip and knee patient care through education and advocacy.

AAHKS is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, USA with over 3,400 members in the United States, Canada and 37 other countries. Members are orthopaedic surgeons who perform hip and knee replacement surgery – known as hip and knee arthroplasty or total joint replacement surgery.

In order to be a Fellow member of AAHKS, a physician must be an active fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS). They must be board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, RCPSC or AOBOS, and perform a minimum of 50 arthroplasties or osteotomies of the hip or knee annually.

About the Annual Meeting

The AAHKS Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for members of the profession to come together and educate each other on the best practices in arthroplasty. The agenda addresses a broad array of scientific topics such as implant design, outcomes, surgical techniques and complications of primary and revision total joint arthroplasty (TJA). The latest information available on socioeconomic issues affecting our specialty is another highlight of the meeting.


Email us your name, organization, title, contact information and assignment from your Editor on letterhead to obtain press credentials for the AAHKS Spring Meeting and AAHKS Annual Meeting. Please let us know if you would like to opt-in to the media contact list.

Media List

Credentialed press outlets can opt-in to a media contact list if they wish to be contacted by attendees and exhibiting companies. If they do not opt-in, then their information is not shared. The Media list is provided by request only. AAHKS reserves the right to deny a request.

Embargoed News Releases

If you will be releasing news about research presented at the Annual Meeting, please embargo for the day of the presentation (no specific time required). If it is for a Poster presentation, please embargo for Friday when the Poster Exhibition opens.

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Press Contact

Contact Denise Smith Rodd, Manager of Communications and Web Content at or 847-430-5064.

2015 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Awards

Every year, the AAOS presents the MORE Awards to journalists who demonstrate excellence in reporting on orthopaedics and foster public awareness. Following are the MORE award winners for stories featuring hip and knee topics in 2014.

Choosing Between Partial and Total Knee Replacements,” Kristine Crane, U.S. News

Top injuries to watch for 2013-2015,” Stephania Bell,

How Old are Your Knees?,” Jeanne Erdmann, Women’s Health

Ankle becomes knee joint,” Jim Bergamo, ABC Austin

Welcome Help for Needy Knees,” Liz Neporent,

When to have knee replacement surgery – and what to expect,” AARP the Magazine

Knee, hip replacements are signs of baby boomers’ active lifestyles,” Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press

OrthoCarolina of Charlotte to bundle knee, hip replacement costs,” Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer

Staying hip: Double hip replacement lets El Paso man resume active life,” Victor R. Martinez, El Paso Times

Latest knee implants have patients active quicker,” Liv Osby, The Greenville News

A less invasive approach to hip surgery,” Adrian Rogers, Spokesman-Review

“Hip, knee replacements now a joint effort,” Danielle Whelpley, The Peoria Journal Star

Operation Walk helps provide free hip, knee replacements,” Frank Vascellaro, CBS Minnesota