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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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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Larry Cunningham, DDS, MD

AO CMF NA Representative

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Larry Cunningham, DDS, MD, FACS, FICD

AO CMF NA Representative

Dr. Cunningham is Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He currently serves on the ABOMS Board of Directors and as an AOCMF Educational Board member. His clinical interests include orthognathic surgery, facial trauma and reconstruction, and temporomandibular joint surgery. Dr. Cunningham is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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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, 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 at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He has research interests in fracture care, nonunions, deformity, infections, anterior total hip arthroplasty, 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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Laurent Guiot, DVM, DACVS

AO VET NA Education Committee Chair

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Laurent Guiot, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

AO VET NA Education Committee Chair

Dr. Laurent Guiot is a world-class orthopedic surgeon with a passion for excellence. He obtained his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2004 and completed a general internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the same institution. Laurent then worked for one year in Paris where he was in charge of the general surgery program. He rejoined academia in 2006 as an international surgical fellow at Michigan State University where he also completed a three-year residency program with a strong emphasis in orthopedic surgery and focus in minimally invasive osteosynthesis under Dr. Loic Dejardin’ s mentorship. He became boarded by the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Following his residency, Laurent became an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Michigan State University. He was then recruited to lead the creation of a new orthopedic surgery facility for the Ohio State University in Dublin, Ohio. In 2016, he created the Bone & Joint Center at ACCESS in Los Angeles with Dr. Reunan Guillou. This center is establishing itself as one of the prime location for advanced orthopedics and includes a comprehensive total joint replacement center, a strong minimally invasive orthopedic surgery program, and a tertiary referral service for revision cases. Dr. Guiot’s major interest is orthopedic trauma and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery. He routinely presents his work internationally and is an active member of major national and international orthopedic programs including the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the AO, and the Orthopedic Research Society. Laurent is committed to the improvement of patient care through the development of surgical techniques, instrumentation, and implants used for the treatment of orthopedic patients.

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Spencer Johnston, VMD, DACVS

Member

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Spencer Johnston, VMD, DACVS

Member

Dr. Spencer Johnston is currently the James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor and head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is co-editor the surgery textbook Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, and co-author of the fifth edition of Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo’s Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair. His research background and interests include the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Dr. Johnston graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, and was a faculty member at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech from 1990-2003. He entered private surgical practice in 2003, and returned to academic veterinary medicine by joining the faculty of the University of Georgia in 2007. Dr. Johnston is a past member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and currently serves the profession as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education.

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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 of AO NA. Dr. Kapatkin teaches AO VET courses both nationally and internationally.

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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, MD

Ex-Officio

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Charisse Sinkler, MD

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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