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AAHKS Creates New Committee – Young Arthroplasty Group

Thanks to the work of several new arthroplasty physicians and guidance by AAHKS leadership, the Young Arthroplasty Group Committee has been created and populated. The committee, which is charged with “connecting young arthroplasty surgeons – less than 5 years in practice – in order to promote collaboration and young surgeon activity within AAHKS, with particular focus on research,… Read More

AAHKS Represented at AMA House of Delegates

by Linda I. Suleiman, MD The American Medical Association’s Annual House of Delegates Meeting took place this past week in Chicago. While AAHKS no longer has a seat in the House, we are represented. AAHKS 2018-2019 Health Policy Fellow Linda Suleiman, MD, a fellow at Rush University Medical Center and AAHKS AMA Delegate Chris Dangles, MD, represented AAHKS… Read More

Productive Strategic Planning Sets Direction for Next Three Years

strategic plan 2019

The AAHKS Board of Directors and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs convened a day-long strategic planning session prior to the start of the 2018 AAHKS Spring Meeting in Miami. Groups reviewed the progress and accomplishments of goals set out in the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan and revised those for 2019-2021. Goals center around membership, organizational capacity, research and finance. Over… Read More

AAHKS Meets with CMS on TKA/IPO Removal Issue

AAHKS President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Immediate Past President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Health Policy Council Chair James I. Huddleston, MD and AAHKS staff were joined by AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD and staff at a meeting with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff this week in Washington, DC. Attendees met with more… Read More

CMMI Releases Comments on New Direction for Future Activities

In November, AAHKS provided comments to the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which sent out a New Direction Request for Information (RFI) to help guide CMMI on future activities. This week they released the comments received from more than 1,000 medical societies, physician practices and health systems. According to CMS, comments covered a wide variety… Read More

Protech Awards AAHKS with “Rising Star”


The AAHKS association management software platform company, Alliance by Protech, awarded staff members with the “Rising Star Award” in recognition of their exceptional work in early adoption, onboarding and launching the new Protech system. Sharon Creed, Eileen Lusk, Patti Rose and Renalin Malvar-Ledda were in attendance at the Fusion 2018 conference where they received the award.

Welcome New AAHKS Staff

AAHKS is pleased to welcome a new employee, Jeff Mitchell, who started this week as Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations. Jeff’s professional experience includes more than 25 years of leading association marketing and corporate development activities. He will be responsible for managing the relationship between AAHKS and its corporate partners and exhibitors and guiding the association’s marketing… Read More

New AAHKS President, Board Members Take Office

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Craig J. Della Valle, MD took office as the 28th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Della Valle is the Aaron G. Rosenberg Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Section of Adult Reconstruction at… Read More

Call for Applications: Arthroplasty Today Deputy Editor

This week, the AAHKS Board of Directors approved a new Deputy Editor position with the AAHKS open-access journal, Arthroplasty Today. As the journal continues to grow under the leadership of its first Editor-in-Chief, Brian J. McGrory, MD, a Deputy Editor is needed to contribute to the development of the journal and serve a hands-on role in editing peer-reviewed… Read More

“Chick” Yates Receives AAHKS Presidential Award

Chick Yates and Mark Froimson

Adolph “Chick” J. Yates, Jr., MD received the 2017 AAHKS Presidential Award for his outstanding service to AAHKS on Saturday, November 4, 2017 during the 2017 AAHKS Annual Meeting. AAHKS President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, cited Dr. Yates’ tireless, behind-the-scenes work for AAHKS in the quality, performance measures and advocacy arenas that earned him the award. He… Read More