About AOC Connect

Who We Are

AOC Connect is the top-rated, fastest growing organization for academic orthopaedic professionals, with 5000+ active members — and counting.

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AOC Connect Members

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Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Administrative Leaders

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 5,000+ 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 Leadership 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

Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Director, Clinical Operations, Duke Orthopaedics

Jaysson Brooks, MD

Co-Chair, AOC Connect URM Leadership Forum, AOC Connect

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)

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

Richard Capra

President, AOC Connect

Chief Administrative Officer, UCSF Orthopaedics

Antonia Chen, MD

National Co-Chair, AOC Connect Clinical Advisory Team, AOC Connect

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Brigham & Women’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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

Ron Faulbaum, MBA

Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Chief Administrative Officer – Emeritus, Washington University; Co-Chair, Department Transformation/Leadership Advisory Team

AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer John M. Flynn MD

John M. Flynn, MD

Co-Chair, AOC Connect Education/GME Advisory Team, AOC Connect

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

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

Michael R. Gagnon, MBA

Founder & CEO, AOC Connect

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

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

Grant Garrigues, MD

Upper Extremity Research Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Associate Chief Medical Officer, AOC Connect

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Director

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

Farshid Guilak, PhD

Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis Chief Scientific & Innovation Officer, AOC Connect

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research

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

Michael Hattery, MBA

Co-Chair of the Clinical Advisory Team, AOC Connect

Senior Administrator, Vice President at Emory Healthcare

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

Claire Howell, MMCi

Director of Analytics, AOC Connect

Clinical Data Strategy Manager, Duke Cancer Institute

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

Rebecca Johnson, MPH

Co-Chair, Research Advisory Team, AOC Connect

Director of Research & Academic Affairs, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Utah

AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer Lisa Lattanza MD

Lisa Lattanza, MD

Co-Chair, Department Transformation/Leadership Advisory Team, AOC Connect

Chair & Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University

L. Scott Levin is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

L. Scott Levin, MD

Chief Medical Officer, AOC Connect

Paul B. Magnuson Professor & Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Pennsylvania

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

Derrick Melton, MHSA

Co-Chair, AOC Connect URM Leadership Forum, AOC Connect

Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Neil Ravitz is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

Neil Ravitz, MBA

Senior Vice President, AOC Connect

Chief Administrative Officer, UPENN

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

Laura Robbins, DSW

Co-Chair, AOC Connect’s Education/GME Advisory Team, AOC Connect

Senior Vice President, Education Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery

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

Kelly Rosenfeld, MHSA

Co-Chair, AOC Connect’s Women’s Leadership Forum

Chief Administrative Officer, Wake Forest University

Angie Scala

Chief Web Officer & Creative Director, AOC Connect

Theresa Wyrick is an AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer

Theresa Wyrick, MD

Co-Chair, AOC Connect’s Women’s Leadership Forum, AOC Connect

Vice Chair, University of Arkansas

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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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