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Release: Nov. 15, 2000

Buckwalter is president of American Orthopaedic Association

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of the University of Iowa department of orthopaedic surgery, was named president of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) during the 113th Annual AOA Meeting, held last June 14-17. His term as president runs through June 2001.

Buckwalter plans to focus AOA's energies and resources on initiatives that will contribute to the advancement of orthopaedics. "Our members' intellectual ability, clinical skill and commitment to the profession are the greatest strengths of the association," he said. "We need to use these strengths to advance the specialty."

Orthopaedic surgeons achieve AOA membership by invitation only. Founded in 1887, the AOA selects members based on their contributions to orthopaedic education, research and practice. The association's mission is to advance the art and science of orthopaedics by identifying, developing, engaging and recognizing leaders in the profession.

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