AO NA Executive Council

The Executive Council ensures coordinated execution of AO NA initiatives. The Executive Council consists of the President, Chair of each clinical division board, Chair of the Education Advisory Board, and the Chair of the Board of Directors.
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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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Salvatore Lettieri, MD, FACS

AO CMF NA Board Chair

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Salvatore Lettieri, MD, FACS

AO CMF NA Board Chair

Salvatore Lettieri is the Chair Emeritus of Plastic Surgery at Valleywise Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona. As a Mayo Clinic Faculty member, he serves this role as a joint venture between the Mayo Clinic and Valleywise Medical Center. In this role, he provides the education for the Plastic Surgery Residents form Mayo Clinic Rochester and Arizona as well as the ENT Residents from Mayo Arizona. This allows Dr. Lettieri to concentrate on facial trauma and extremity salvage in addition to burn reconstruction and skull base surgery which provides a complementary experience for the residents. Doctor Lettieri is a graduate of the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. This was followed by General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Residencies at the Mayo Clinic Rochester and Craniofacial and Microsurgery Fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He currently serves on the AONA Education Board and has been actively involved in courses both nationally and internationally.

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Michael Daubs, MD

AO Spine NA Board Chair

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Michael Daubs, MD

AO Spine NA Board Chair

Dr. Michael Daubs, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, treats disorders of the neck and back including fractures, herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and other complex spinal curvatures. He specializes in surgery of the spine in both children and adults. Board certified, he is a member of many national and international research and education organizations and enjoys the privilege of instructing his fellow spine surgeons at medical conferences around the world. Dr. Daubs has gained recognition for the publication of over 100 scientific journal articles and medical textbook chapters related to the treatment of the spine.

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Roger Wilber, MD

AO Trauma NA Board Chair

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Roger Wilber, MD

AO Trauma NA Board 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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Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS

AO VET NA Board Chair

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Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS

AO VET NA Board Chair

Dr. Watkins is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He completed his post graduate training in surgery at Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Currently he is a professor of surgery, specializing in equine orthopedics at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition he is the current chairperson of AOVET NA and serves as a member of the large animal expert group for the technical commission of the AO Foundation. Dr. Watkins has a long history of activity within AOVETNA and AOVET international as a faculty member, course co-chair and committee member.

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Mark Lee, MD

Education Advisory Board Chair

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Mark Lee, MD

Education Advisory 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 Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Director at UC Davis, and is the prior Chair of the Fellowship and Career Choices Committee of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA).

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