About AOC Connect

Who We Are

AOC Connect is the top-rated, fastest growing organization for academic orthopaedic professionals, with 4000+ active members — and counting.

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Orthopaedic Surgeons

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AOC Connect positions academic leaders to be more informed, better positioned, and ultimately to become more effective in their roles.

Our Mission

To advance and improve the national musculoskeletal landscape by freely providing best practices across business, leadership, education, and research to our member community.

Our Vision

To be the most valued organization in the United States for orthopaedic surgeons and administrators as an essential partner that optimizes performance at every level of the musculoskeletal enterprise.

Five things to know about AOC Connect

AOC Connect — learn about who we are.

AOC Connect is the largest, fastest growing, and top-rated orthopaedic organization in the U.S.

Engage with 4,000+ members spanning 160 universities and 40 health systems and private practices. Access our all-new digital social platform to foster closer professional connections, peer-to-peer networking, group discussions, and special interest groups, and to enable collaborative problem solving and sharing of best practices, 24/7.

JOBS: AOC Connect powers JobsInOrtho, the #1 orthopaedics career platform in the U.S.

JobsInOrtho became the largest job board for orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. only 14 days after launch, filling a real need for blue-chip employers. More than 200 employers are currently posting jobs and 1,500+ job applications were submitted by surgeons in the first 6 months of launch. JobsInOrtho is the #1 way orthopaedic residents and fellows identify and apply for jobs.

AOC Connect — JobsInOrtho is part of who we are.
AOC Connect — helping residents and fellows is part of who we are.

AOC Connect has been called the “career Sherpa” for orthopaedic residents and fellows.

As AOC Connect members, residents and fellows can create free JobsInOrtho job seeker profiles and access our expert presentations on how to job-hunt successfully AND negotiate the compensation they deserve. More than 400 orthopaedic residents and fellows helped us to identify and prioritize our content specific to preparing for the business of orthopaedics and how to navigate job search, negotiation, and employment contracts. Our on-demand modules are rated 4.5/5.0 by residents and fellows.

AOC Connect has been optimizing orthopaedic leaders and their teams for two decades.

We aim to optimize our members!  It’s true: 97% of academic orthopaedic administrators name AOC Connect as “the #1 most valuable organization to their role.” 98% of our orthopaedic surgeon leaders rate our programs as either an “A” or an “A-“ And orthopaedic residents and fellows rate our digital on-demand curriculum 4.5/5.0 to help them prepare for the business of orthopaedics and how to navigate job search, employment contracts, and negotiation.

AOC Connect — optimizing orthopaedic teams is part of who we are. who we are.
AOC Connect — academic orthopaedic compensation benchmark reports is part of who we are.

AOC Connect provides the country’s only academic orthopaedic compensation and clinical productivity reports and open access to 100+ best practices reports.

AOC Connect Members can access FREE compensation benchmarking reports and leadership presentations of proven strategies for successfully optimizing musculoskeletal enterprises and the individuals entrusted with leading them.

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Meet The AOC Connect Team

With a shared passion for excellence and constant organizational improvement, the members of the AOC Team bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to the work of fulfilling our mission.

Who we are: John Bonini is part of the AOC Connect Team.

John Bonini

Director, Clinical Operations, Duke Orthopaedics; Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Jaysson Brooks, MD

Pediatric Surgeon Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas Committee Chair on the Board of Directors for the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) Co-Chair, AOC Connect URM Leadership Forum

Who we are: Richard Capra is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Richard Capra

Chief Administrative Officer, UCSF Orthopaedics; President, AOC Connect

Who we are: Ron Faulbaum is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Ron Faulbaum

Chief Administrative Officer – Emeritus, Washington University; Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer John M. Flynn MD

John M. Flynn, MD

Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, CHOP; Richard M. Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Surgery; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Who we are: Michael Gagnon is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Michael R. Gagnon, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer – Emeritus, Duke University Orthopaedics; Founder & CEO, AOC Connect

Who we are: Grant Garrigues is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Grant Garrigues, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Director, Upper Extremity Research Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Associate Chief Medical Officer, AOC Connect

Who we are: Farshid Guilak is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Farshid Guilak, PhD

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis Chief Scientific & Innovation Officer, AOC Connect

Who we are: Michael Hattery is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Michael Hattery

Senior Administrator, Vice President at Emory Healthcare, Co-Chair, Clinical Advisory Team

Who we are: Claire Howell is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Claire Howell, MMCi

Chief Administrative Officer – Emeritus, Washington University; Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Who we are: Lorraine Hutzler is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Lorraine Hutzler, MPH

Associate Director of the Center for Quality & Patient Saftey, NYU Langone Orthopaedic Hospital; Director, Pilot Site Projects, AOC Connect

Who we are: Rebecca Johnson is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Rebecca Johnson

Director of Research & Academic Affairs, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Utah, Co-Chair, Research Advisory Team

L. Scott Levin is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

L. Scott Levin, MD

Chair, UPENN; Chief Medical Officer, AOC Connect

Who we are: Derrick Melton is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Derrick Melton, MHSA

Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Co-Chair, BIPOC Leadership Forum

Who we are: Colin Semper is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Colin Semper, MBA

Administrator, Department of Orthopaedics Surgery Johns Hopkins Medicine, Co-Chair, Department Transformation/Leadership Advisory Team

Neil Ravitz is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

Neil Ravitz, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer, UPENN; Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Who we are: Laura Robbins is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Laura Robbins

Senior Vice President, Education Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery, Co-Chair, Education/GME Advisory Team

Who we are: Kelly Rosenfeld is part of the AOC Connect Team.

Kelly Rosenfeld, MHSA

Chief Administrative Officer, Wake Forest University; Co-Chair, AOC Connect’s Women’s Leadership Forum

Angie Scala

Creative Director, AOC Connect

Theresa Wyrick is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

Theresa Wyrick, MD

Vice Chair, University of Arkansas; Co-Chair, AOC Connect’s Women’s Leadership Forum

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No other orthopaedics professional organization does so much for business, leadership, and career development. This is why AOC Connect is the fastest growing organization and the top-rated organization for value in the academic orthopaedic space.

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