AO NA Board of Directors

The governing body of AO NA consisting of the Board Chair (past-president), President, and Senior representatives from each of the clinical divisions.
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James P. Stannard, MD

Chair, AO NA Board of Directors

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James P. Stannard, MD

Chair, AO NA Board of Directors

James P. Stannard, MD, Department Chairman and Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma and Sports Medicine, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute Dr. Stannard is the Hansjörg Wyss Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical Director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, and Associate Dean and Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Strategic Initiatives. His practice focuses on the repair and reconstruction of dislocated knees through a combination of sports medicine and trauma surgical techniques and new preservation/biojoint techniques developed at the University of Missouri. In 2016, he was elected president of AO North America. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Knee Surgery and he speaks internationally on complex knee injuries and treatments. Dr. Stannard completed 10 years of active service with the U.S. Army, including service as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He received an Army Commendation Medal twice, three Meritorious Service Medals, and Airborne wings from four different countries (USA, Germany, Honduras, and South Africa). He was a defensive lineman for Brown University in the early 80s. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for more than 35 years and have seven children.

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS

President, AO North America

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS, DACVS

President, AO North America

Dr. Amy Kapatkin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and she specializes in small animal orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kapatkin graduated from the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation in the Philippines in 1981. After graduation from veterinary school, she entered private practice in general small animal medicine for four years. Dr. Kapatkin then completed a rotating internship and small animal surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1986 - 1990. After her specialty training, she stayed on as a staff member at the Animal Medical Center. In 1996, Dr. Kapatkin accepted a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she came to the University of California - Davis as an Associate Professor with tenure, and during that time, completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Research. She is now a Full Professor. Her clinical orthopedic research is done in the Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory. Dr. Kapatkin is an AO Faculty member, a Past-Chair of the AO VET North America Education Committee, served on the AO VET NA Board, AO VET Education International Board, AO NA Educational Advisory Committee, Faculty Alignment Committee, present Chair of the working group on Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and the President elect of AO NA. Dr. Kapatkin teaches AO VET courses both nationally and internationally.

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David L. Helfet, MD

Immediate Past-Chair

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David L. Helfet, MD

Immediate Past-Chair

DAVID L. HELFET, M.D. was born in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa on June 17, 1947.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, receiving a BSc in Biochemistry with honors, followed by Medical School, where he received a M.B.CH.B. degree in 1975. Internship and Surgical Residency were completed at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, S.A. and at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD., followed by Orthopaedic Residency also at Johns Hopkins University, then an AO Trauma fellowship at the University of Bern, Insel Hospital (1981) and a Sports Fellowship at UCLA (1981-82).

He was Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1/82 - 6/86), Associate Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of S. Florida School of Medicine/Tampa General Hospital (7/86-6/91) and at the Cornell University Medical College (7/91 – 6/98). He is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of the Combined Orthopaedic Trauma Service at both the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

He has published and lectured extensively on Orthopaedic Trauma but especially on Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum and has been the recipient of many honors, awards and visiting lectureships including the Presidential Guest and Watson-Jones Memorial Lecture of the British Orthopaedic Association in 1994. In 2010 he was inducted in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He was the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hospital for Special Surgery.

He has served on several committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery among others. In addition, Dr. Helfet has been extensively involved in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, including as President (1998-1999) and is still on its Board as a past President. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Synthes for 14 years.

Over the last almost 35 years Dr. Helfet has been extensively involved in the AO/ASIF Foundation including as a Trustee Chairman of the AO Investigation and Documentation, AOTK and AO North America. In addition has been very actively involved in AO Trauma education both as a lecturer and as Chairman worldwide. As of last year he has been elected to the Board of AONA. Most recently has been working with the AO in the collaboration with the WHO, ICRC, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and just published the Consensus Manual.

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George Kushner, DMD, MD

AO CMF NA Representative

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George Kushner, DMD, MD, FACS

AO CMF NA Representative

Dr. Kushner is a native of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Temple University School of Dentistry. Following his completion of his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Louisville he did a fellowship at the Oral Surgery Institute in Nashville, TN in TMD under Jeffery Carter D.M.D., M.D. After his fellowship he enrolled and graduated from medical school at The University of Alabama. He completed his general surgery core year at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. He came back to Louisville in 1993, becoming the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program Director in 1994. He achieved the rank of full professor in 2007. He is a Diplomat, Fellow, or member of AAOMS, ADEA, SSOMS, and the American College of Surgeons, holding leadership positions in most of these organizations. Dr. Kushner lectures worldwide  and is well published on a variety of topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Trustee of the AO Foundation, an international organization committed to excellence in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Kushner has become the “go to” surgeon in this area of the country for complex injuries, deformities, and complications.

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John France, MD

AO Spine NA Representative

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John France, MD

AO Spine NA Representative

Dr John France is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at West Virginia University where he also serves as vice chairman of Orthopaedic surgery and chief of spine surgery. He has been at West Virginia University since 1995 after serving as an Orthopaedic surgeon in the United States Air force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. His undergraduate degree was from the University of Pennsylvania, medical degree for the University of Pittsburgh, he stayed at the University of Pittsburgh as a General Surgery intern then went to the State University of New York in Buffalo for Orthopaedic residency, and finally did his spine fellowship at the University of Colorado. He is currently an active member and serves on and as chair of committees in the AAOS, SRS, CSRS, OTA, and NASS. He began as AO Trauma faculty in 1993 then was involved in AO Spine from its onset in the mid 1990’s. His involvement in the AO has been extensive serving on and as chair of various national and international committees as well as serving as faculty for innumerable courses. He is currently chair of the international faculty development committee. His current practice still includes a significant amount of complex trauma in addition to his tertiary spine practice.

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Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS

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Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS, DACVSMR, DECVS

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Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Marcellin-Little specializes in orthopedic surgery. He is professor and service chief of small animal orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Marcellin-Little graduated from the French veterinary school of Toulouse, France in 1988. He did an internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, followed by a small animal surgery residency at North Carolina State University, where he was on the faculty from 1994 to 2017. He joined UC Davis in 2017. Dr. Marcellin-Little's surgical interests include total joint replacement and the management of limb deformities. His research interests include biomodeling and the fabrication of custom orthopedic implants using metal 3D printing. Dr. Marcellin-Little has completed all three phases of the faculty development program, Faculty education, Chair education and Leadership education programs.

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