AO Trauma Hand NA Education Committee

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Roger Wilber, MD

Chair

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Roger Wilber, MD

Chair

Doctor Roger G. Wilber graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1986, beginning his career in Family Practice. Following an internship at Highland General Hospital in Oakland California, he served as Lieutenant in the Alaskan Public Health Service for three years. An increased interest in musculoskeletal disorders inspired Dr. Wilber's return to training at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he completed an internship in General Surgery under the mentorship of Dr. John Border. His inclination to Traumatology was further developed through the close training and friendship of Dr. Lawrence Bone in the Department of Orthopedics at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Wilber's primary focus became reconstruction of the pelvis and acetabulum, along with complex traumatic disorders and diseases of the hip. He completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Wayne State University under Drs. Jeffrey Mast and Keith Mayo, and has spent over 23 years as a Trauma and Adult Reconstruction surgeon at University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the current Chief of both Adult Reconstruction, and Pelvic and Acetabular Surgery at MetroHealth. Beyond his post, Dr. Wilber continues to pursue interest projects in his field. He is dedicated to improving healthcare in developing regions, serving as a volunteer surgeon in Bhutan, and a visiting professor across the globe. He collaborates with various organizations in developing healthcare technology to improve standards throughout the medical practice and educational system. Dr. Wilber has contributed extensively to the AO Foundation, completing the Faculty, Chairman, and Leadership Education Programs. He has served as Chairman of the Faculty Education Program, and the AONA Education Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of Trauma for AO North America, Trustee of the AO Trauma International Board, and Chairman of the Competence Training and Assessment Project for the AO Foundation, driving efforts to improve surgical training.

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Milton Routt, MD

Chair-Elect

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Milton Routt, MD

Chair-Elect

Milton Lee (Chip) Routt, Jr., M.D. is the Dr. Andrew R. Burgess Endowed Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, The Texas Trauma Institute, and Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center. Dr. Routt is a native of Chappell Hill, Texas, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University. Following medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he completed a Surgical Internship and Orthopaedic Residency at Vanderbilt University. His Orthopaedic Traumatology fellowship was at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center. He remained there as faculty from 1989 through 2012. Dr. Routt currently serves as the President of the Surgeon’s Council and Co-Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee, and on the Medical Executive Committee at Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous other educational contributions including book chapters. He is best known as a tireless and devoted physician-surgeon, and passionate teacher. Dr. Routt has received a variety of awards including the 2019 Leonard Tow Award for Humanism and Education, 2018 MHH Physician of the Year, 2019 Dr. Red Duke Leadership Award, Orthopedic Resident Teaching awards at UT Houston and the University of Washington, and the Jack McDaniels Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Routt is an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of UTMB and a Distinguished Alumnus of Brenham High School. He has directly mentored, educated, and hosted 100s of Orthopaedic Traumatologists from the United States and Canada, and from across the globe. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work with pelvic and acetabular injuries. Dr. Routt is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Association, the Orthopedic Trauma Association, the AO Alumni Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, among others. He served on the boards for AO North America and the Western Orthopaedic Association, and was an AO Foundation trustee. Dr. Routt is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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Rahul Vaidya, MD, FRCSC

Community Development Committee Chair

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Rahul Vaidya, MD, FRCSC

Community Development Committee Chair

Dr. Rahul Vaidya, MD CM FRCSc, Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Wayne State/Detroit Medical Center Residency Program and also serves as the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Program Director of the DMC/Wayne State Fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma. He completed his medical degree and Orthopaedic Residency at McGill University in Montreal; fellowships in Orthopedic Trauma at the Vancouver General Hospital -University of British Columbia and Spine Surgery at McGill University. As a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves completed 2 tours in Kandahar, Afghanistan between 2008 and 2012. He was the Chair and Specialist in Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Detroit Medical center from 2006 to 2016. Dr. Vaidya has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and has 11 patents. He has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and chaired conferences on Spine and Trauma Surgery. He pioneered work on Anterior Subcutaneous Pelvic Fixation for Pelvic fractures with the Orthopaedic team at Detroit Receiving Hospital for which he received 5 US patents and several awards including a Special Interest Award from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the AOA. His other research interests include complex Spine Surgery , revision spinal surgery , and the use of modern biologics in Orthopaedic Surgery. His teams research on the complications of rHBMp-2 in Spinal Surgery have lead to publications which have become classic articles on the topic. Dr. Vaidya is also CEO of Bonesetter USA which is involved in developing low cost solutions for modern Orthopaedic Problems including the Bonesetter APP. (https://detroitbonesetter.com/) Currently a member of the AONA Trauma Community Development Committee, and proud member of AO Trauma.

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Brett Crist, MD

Education Committee Chair

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Brett Crist, MD

Education Committee Chair

After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, Dr. Crist earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Crist is the Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service, Co-director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, and the Vice Chairman for Business Development. He specializes in orthopaedic trauma/fracture care, hip and pelvis reconstruction including total hip arthroplasty, and young adult hip disorders/hip preservation. Dr. Crist is a Tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine. He has research interests in anterior total hip arthroplasty, fracture care, patient-centered outcomes and hip preservation procedures. From the beginning of his career, he’s been involved with AO and continues to enjoy teaching at AO events, participating in committee and leadership roles, and being a part of the AO Family.

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James Krieg, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

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James Krieg, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

Dr. James C. Krieg is the Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He comes to the Rothman Institute from Seattle, Washington where he was an Attending Physician at Harborview Medical Center, and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Washington. Prior to that, he had served as Orthopaedic Trauma Director at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Krieg completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa and his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Harborview Medical Center. His research interests involve fracture treatment and healing, and have led to novel treatment methods for pelvic fractures and rib fractures. He has published extensively in professional journals and authored several textbook chapters. Dr. Krieg is a dedicated educator, both nationally and internationally and is actively involved in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a member of several professional societies, including - the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He is also serving as Chair of the AO TNA Fellowship Committee.

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Gregory Della Rocca, MD, PhD

Research Committee Chair

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Gregory Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS

Research Committee Chair

Dr. Della Rocca received a BS in physiology at Cornell University and then completed his MD as well as a PhD in Biochemistry at Duke University. After training in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he performed a trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Subsequently, he joined the orthopaedic surgery faculty at the University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri) as co-director of the orthopaedic trauma service. Currently, he is tenured associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and of the American College of Surgeons as well as a member of the American Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He was selected by the AOA as a 2009 North American Traveling Fellow (NATF) and then as a 2013 American-British-Canadian (ABC) traveling fellow. He has been faculty with AO North America since 2006 and an AO Trauma member since 2009, and currently chairs the AO Trauma North America Research Committee while serving as the North American representative to the AO Trauma global research commission. His practice and research are focused on the injured patient, including management of fractures of the arms, legs, and pelvis, as well as sequelae of injury such as infection, amputation, fracture malunion, and nonunion. He also has a research interest in studying healthcare disparities and orthopaedic manifestations of domestic violence against women.

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Andrea McClimon, BS

Ex-Officio

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Andrea McClimon, BS

Ex-Officio

Andrea McClimon is responsible for the development, implementation, quality control and execution of projects as it relates to Fellowship, Research, Membership and Community Development programs for the AO Trauma and AO VET North America clinical divisions.

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