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 Chief Medical Officer for Procedural Services. 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. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for 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 of AO NA. Dr. Kapatkin teaches AO VET courses both nationally and internationally.

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Michael Suk, MD, JD

Member at Large

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Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Member at Large

Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS is currently System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA. Selected to lead the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2012, Dr. Suk became one of the youngest persons to head an academic orthopaedic department in the United States. Beginning with 2 main hospital centers and 13 orthopaedic surgeons, within 4 years Dr. Suk has overseen the tremendous programmatic growth at 10 diverse hospital platforms including 1 Level I and 3 level II trauma centers representing over 100 employed and non-employed surgeons. As the clinical driving force behind the Geisinger ProvenCare® Acute Orthopaedic Programs in Total Hip, Total Knee, Hip Fracture and Lumbar Spine – Dr. Suk is widely sought after for his expertise in new models for healthcare payment and delivery, physician engagement and leadership. Dr. Suk also serves as a member of Board of Directors for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization serving Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Suk helped lead the effort to transform Geisinger’s care delivery approach away from compartmentalized “service lines” and toward an “Institute” model centered around patient convenience and meeting the highest expectations. Most recently, Dr. Suk accepted additional responsibilities as Chief Physician Officer of Geisinger System Services – a position created for him to serve as the clinical partner of the Chief Operating Officer of the Geisinger Health System. Dr. Suk has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relevant to orthopaedic fracture management, health care literacy, access and delivery. Stemming from his unique credentials as a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist and health care attorney, Dr. Suk is frequently asked to speak on the interface between law and medicine and has received numerous awards for leadership and public service. In 2009, Dr. Suk was chosen to be a member of Leadership Florida (Class XXVII) – a statewide program to develop future community leaders in Florida. Dr. Suk was selected as one of ten Leadership Fellows for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Prior to his current position, Dr. Suk was elected one of 5 representatives to the AAOS Board of Councilors representing the State of Florida and Secretary of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS). Dr. Suk currently serves as Chair of the Health Policy Committees for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies.Throughout his career, Dr. Suk has been a vocal leader on public health issues and has spoken nationally on the role of organized medicine, resident work hours, obesity prevention and a variety of public health issues. Dr. Suk has been long active in organized medicine, achieving distinction as the first medical student and first Asian-American to be directly elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Suk has served as a member of the American Medical Political Action Committee, the AMA Council on Medical Service and Chair of the AMA’s Resident and Fellows Section. Notably, Dr. Suk was recognized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea as an outstanding leader of Korean heritage worldwide. Dr. Suk received a B.A. with distinction in African-American history from Carleton College, where he achieved athletic distinction in collegiate tennis and was elected Class President. He then went on to simultaneously complete an M.D. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a J.D./M.P.H. with special certification in health care law at Boston University School of Law and School of Public Health. He later completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York City. Recently, Dr. Suk completed his tenure as a member of the Alumni Board for Boston University.Dr. Suk enjoys mentoring innovative, entrepreneurial leaders seeking to cross traditional boundaries, travelling with his family and playing golf and tennis. Dr. Suk and his wife Jennifer have three children, Abigail (11), Sophia (8) and Arran (19 months).

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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 is currently Professor and Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Louisville. 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

AO VET NA Representative

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

AO VET NA Representative

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. Dr. Marcellin-Little currently sits on the Board of Directors of AO North America.

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Mark Lee, MD

AO Trauma NA Board Chair

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Mark Lee, MD

AO Trauma NA Board Chair

Dr. Mark Lee is Professor and Vice Chairman of Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. His clinical specialty focus is orthopaedic trauma, especially lower extremity trauma, and he oversees a national and regional referral practice for complex nonunions and malunions. He is a longtime member of the AOTK (AOTC) Lower Extremity Expert Groups. He has an active research program that focuses on bone regeneration utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, especially for long bone defects, and on the interplay between biomechanics and fracture healing responses.

Dr. Lee has a special interest in graduate medical education. He is the Chairman of the Education Advisory Board for AO North America and a multi-term member of the AO Foundation Residents Task Force. He served two terms on the AOTNA Education committee. He is the Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Fellowship Director at UC Davis and is past Chair of the Fellowship and Career Choices Committee of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA).

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