Education Advisory Board (EAB)

The EAB is a standing committee reporting to the Board of Directors. The purpose of the EAB is to provide oversight, direction, and guidance to the education committees of each clinical division and serves as the clearing house for all educational matters including accreditation and compliance. The EAB establishes the strategic direction of education and the milestones for its implementation through the education committees. The EAB may develop policies, procedures, and guidelines as necessary. 
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Mark Lee, MD

Chair

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Mark Lee, MD

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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David Hak, MD, MBA

Immediate Past-Chair

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David Hak, MD, MBA, FACS

Immediate Past-Chair

David J. Hak, MD, MBA, FACS graduated from the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Ohio State University. His postdoctoral training included an orthopedic residency at the University of California at Los Angeles and an orthopedic trauma fellowship at the University of California at Davis. He received his MBA in health care administration from Auburn University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Colorado. Dr. Hak is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He is currently the President of the International Society for Fracture Repair. He serves as the chair of the AO North America Continuing Medical Education Advisory Board. Dr. Hak is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the Interim Director of the Department of Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Denver Health Medical Center, where he also serves as the Trauma Fellowship Director. He is actively involved in clinical care of multiply injured patients. His areas of interest include pelvic and acetabular trauma, proximal humerus fractures, tibial plateau fractures, and treatment of nonunions.

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Richard Bransford, MD

AO Spine NA Education Committee Chair

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Richard Bransford, MD

AO Spine NA Education Committee Chair

Rick Bransford is a board certified orthopedist and spine surgeon at the University of Washington working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He has been there since 2003 on faculty having done his residency there as well (1996-2001), a spine fellowship also at UW (2001-2002) and then going to Sydney, Australia for a Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship (2002-2003). He is currently a full professor, the spine fellowship director, and head of spine research. He has published about 75 peer-reviewed articles and been involved in over 30 book chapters. Rick grew up in East Africa and started observing surgery with his dad at the age of 6. He still returns to East Africa on a regular basis on a mission and humanitarian basis. Currently Rick is chair of AO Spine North America Education Committee, Chair of the AO TK Cervical Expert Group, and incoming chair of the AO Spine Global Diploma Program.

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Brett Crist, MD

AO Trauma NA Education Committee Chair

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Brett Crist, MD

AO Trauma NA 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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Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho)

AO Trauma Hand NA Education Committee

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Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho), MCh

AO Trauma Hand NA Education Committee

Dr. Chaitanya Mudgal is a world-renowned hand, wrist and elbow surgeon, working to help patients regain functionality and improve their quality of life. Dr. Mudgal's clinical interests include a comprehensive array of hand and upper extremity disorders such as fractures, tendon and nerve injuries and paralytic disorders of the upper limb and arthritic conditions. He is also extremely interested in surgery of the upper limb in patients who have suffered strokes or traumatic head injuries. He is very active in teaching nationally as well as internationally and remains a very sought after educator and speaker. He has published extensively on a variety of conditions from fractures to tendon injuries to neurologic disorders affecting the upper limb. In addition to publishing well over 100 peer reviewed papers, he has published over 20 book chapters and made well over 350 presentations. He has been faculty / Chairman at AO courses in the US, Latin America, Davos and India. He regularly conducts educational webinars on the AO North America platform and also conducts webinars for Hand Surgery education in India. He is the founder / director of the Annual Indo-US Hand Surgery Conference, held in different locations in India each year. He has an eponymously named Hand Surgery Forum in the city of Guigang, Guangxi autonomous province, China. He is currently the Chair of AO North America Hand Education Committee until 2022; and has completed both the Faculty and Chair Education Programs.

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Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS

AO VET NA Education Committee Chair

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Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

AO VET NA Education Committee Chair

Dr. José M. García-López, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR American College of Veterinary Surgeons American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery Director of Equine Sports Medicine Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine José obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a 1-year Equine Internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (Ringoes, New Jersey, USA) followed by a 3-year Large Animal Surgical Residency with special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Following his residency José obtained a Lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for 2 years. In 2002, he returned to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor. While at Tufts, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete. In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging. He regularly lectures and provides consultations at the national and international level.

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS

Ex-Officio

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS, DACVS

Ex-Officio

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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Jane Mihelic, MA

Ex-Officio

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Jane Mihelic, MA

Ex-Officio

Jane C. Mihelic is the Director of Continuing Medical Education. She has over 30 years experience in developing continuing medical education for the health professions. She has successfully lead AO North America, Inc. through the accreditation process multiple times to be recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as an accredited provider with Commendation and by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) as an approved provider of continuing veterinary medical education.

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Steve Schwartz, MA

Ex-Officio

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Steve Schwartz, MA

Ex-Officio

Steve Schwartz is Executive Director of AO North America, a non-profit organization serving the educational, research, and career needs of North American musculoskeletal surgeons. Mr. Schwartz is also President of GDS Consulting Services, LLC., specializing in the areas of professional medical education, marketing, and medical humanitarian initiatives. Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience in the medical device marketplace primarily as a result of his 32 year career with Synthes Inc, a leading international medical device company which specialized in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of instruments and implants for the surgical fixation, correction, and regeneration of the skeleton and its soft tissues. Mr. Schwartz worked in a variety of Executive Management positions within Synthes, including a 12 year tenure as Senior Vice President. Mr. Schwartz has worked closely with many professional societies relating to Orthopaedics, Spine, and Craniomaxillofacial surgery, and he currently serves on the Boards of several non-profit and non-governmental service organizations. Mr. Schwartz holds a degree in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Charisse Sinkler

Ex-Officio

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Charisse Sinkler

Ex-Officio

Charisse brings over 30 years of diversified experience in academia, not-for-profit, and the for-profit industry of continuing medical education to AO North America (AONA). Her professional experience includes 20 years of overseeing, managing, developing, and delivering quality continuing professional development programs for healthcare professionals and patient education and advocacy programs. Charisse’s understanding of regulatory compliance guidelines, adult learning principles, and educational design formats has led her to obtain two reaccreditations for AONA and two for one Communication Company. Her leadership experience includes appointment to Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) Site Surveyor committee, a national continuing medical education organization, as well as service on a regional community health center board and a community board for student enrichment programs. She is also an accomplished, grant solicitor of major pharmaceutical funding for education activities. Prior to joining AONA, she spent the past 10 years in managerial positions such as; Accreditation Manager, Account Director, Education Compliance Officer, and Director of Education at several for-profit companies. Her primary role involved overseeing and managing multiple projects, re-selling and up-selling continuing education programs. Charisse brings strong project management, innovation and leadership skills to AO North as evidenced by her participation on the Greater Philadelphia Health Action Board of Directors and The House of Bread, Inc. Board of Directors. Charisse received a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Management from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, and a Certificate of Completion in Healthcare Management from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences.

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Chitra Subramaniam, PhD

Ex-Officio

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Chitra Subramaniam, PhD

Ex-Officio

A passionate learning strategist, educator who brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in all areas of education including traditional and online learning, curriculum design and development, measurement and evaluation methods, instructional design, course design and delivery, needs assessments development, process improvement planning, the use of technology in design and delivery of education. She is an Educational Technology expert who has been involved in implementing online learning systems, learning object repositories, integrating technology solutions in learning, leading the design and implementation of tools related to social learning and mobile learning. A nationally and internationally recognized leader and consultant in continuing medical education, she has a deep interest in knowledge management and its effective translation to healthcare practice, with several committee and advisory board appointments, and awards. Dr. Subramaniam has worked in several capacities in education and training in academic, corporate, government, publishing, and not-for-profit organizations.
Before joining AO North America, she served as Principal, Learning and Change within the Premier Research Services group at Premier Inc., where she led the development and implementation of an education, quality improvement, training and Implementation research strategy aligned with the needs of over 3000 hospitals within the Premier network, including business development and marketing. She also served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the Duke School of Medicine and was the Assistant Director for the Center for Educational Excellence at the DCRI managing over 450 CPD programs including several systems level quality improvement initiatives. In her leadership role within the Duke Center for Educational Excellence, Chitra lead several educational implementation projects and all of the PI/QI efforts working in collaboration with the Health system, the different Duke Departments, research networks and community organizations. She has worked also with the American Society for Clinical Pathology as the Director of Educational Design and Technology, a master designer for IBM, AT & T, CMS and several academic, corporate, government and non-for profit organizations. Her interests include creation and management of knowledge systems for the delivery of outcomes-based education, E-learning, educational research and quality improvement CE.

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