Seattle Orthopaedic Surgeon Elected Treasurer of National Medical Society
National Harbor, MD, July 9, 2010 – Seattle orthopaedic surgeon, Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD was elected Treasurer of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) today during the Society’s 26th Annual Summer Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.
“With the changes in medical care delivery, the AOFAS now has an important role in defining quality and effectiveness of care, integration with other medical providers and hospitals and guiding patient-centered outcomes initiatives that will define what works. I look forward to working with AOFAS to achieve these goals.” said Sangeorzan.
Dr. Sangeorzan is Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington and Chief, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Harborview Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, completed his residency at Wayne State University and fellowship in trauma and adult foot reconstruction at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Prior to his election as Treasurer, Dr. Sangeorzan served as Member-at-Large on the AOFAS Board of Directors. He was co-chair of the 2010 Advanced Foot & Ankle Course, and faculty for Specialty Day Programs and Annual Summer Meetings. He is a member of the Education Committee, sits on the Foot & Ankle International (FAI) Managerial Board, and is past chair of Clinical Outcomes Committee and Program Committee. He continues to serve as faculty for numerous AOFAS courses as well as Annual Summer Meetings and Specialty Day programs. Dr. Sangeorzan is the recipient of the prestigious Roger Mann Award.
Active in several professional societies, Dr. Sangeorzan serves in various leadership roles within the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). He served as associate editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, editorial board of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, and reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Journal of Biomechanics. Dr. Sangeorzan is the recipient of many research grants and author of numerous articles, and serves frequently as course faculty and invited lecturer.
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society is a professional society of more than 1,800 orthopaedic surgeons specializing in diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle.
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About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. It creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government, industry and the national and international health care community.
About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles tendons, nerves, and skin. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. They perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons work with physicians of many other specialties, including internal medicine, pediatrics, vascular surgery, endocrinology, radiology, anesthesiology, and others. Medical school curriculum and post-graduate training provides the solid clinical background necessary to recognize medical problems, admit patients to a hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the coordination of care appropriate for each patient.