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Annual Symposium

2024 Annual AOC Connect
Business & Leadership Symposium

Thurs, Sept. 26 – Sat, Sept. 28, 2024
Nashville, TN

The #1 Event for Orthopaedic Clinical and Administrative Teams

Bring your Clinical & Administrative Leadership Teams to our top-rated AOC Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Chairs, Vice Chairs, Division Chiefs, Faculty Leaders, and Administrative Leaders. This meeting promises high-level engagement and is attended by Presidents and Past Presidents of the major orthopaedic associations.

100% of attendees at our last meeting indicated “I am HAPPY I attended the AOC Business & Leadership Symposium”.

The Symposium is for members only. Join today!

Distinguished Presenters

Stephanie Blaney, MHA

Chief Administrative Officer, Columbia

Monica Kogan, MD

Residency Director, Rush University Medical Center

Brian Cole, MD, MBA

Chair, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Scott Boden, MD

Senior Advisor to CEO; AOC Board of Advisors; AOC Council Chair

Chair, Emory

William N. Levine, MD

Council Chair

Chair, Columbia University

Sheila Conway, MD

Council Vice Chair

Vice Chair, Atrium Health Wake Forest

Joe Bosco, MD

Vice Chair, New York University; AAOS President, 2020

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

Richard Capra

President, AOC Connect

Former Chief Administrative Officer, UCSF Orthopaedics

Aaron Chamberlain, MD

Senior Medical Director, Intermountain Health

Mary Duvanich, MS, MMHC

Chief Administrative Officer, Vanderbilt University

AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer Leesa Galatz MD

Leesa Galatz, MD

Chair, Board of Advisors, AOC Connect

Chair, Mount Sinai

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

Grant Garrigues, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer, AOC Connect

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Parker Gibbs, MD

Chair, University of Florida

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

Farshid Guilak, PhD

Chief Scientific & Innovation Officer, AOC Connect

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research, Washington University

MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA

Chair, University of Pittsburgh – UPMC

Monte Hunter, MD

Chair, Augusta University

Karl Koenig, MD

Chair, University of Texas, Austin

Brandon McMahon

Director, Clinical Operations, Northwestern University

Steve Petrovic, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer, University of Cincinnati

Tamara Scerpella, MD

Chair, University of Wisconsin

Eric Schips, MPA

Chief Administrative Officer, New York University

Amanda Whitaker, MD

Chief Value Officer, UCD

“The AOC meeting is the most valuable 2 days of the year. The agenda is always power-packed and well-balanced—a perfect combination of information and inspiration. I learn so much during open discussions with our colleagues on all the topics that challenge us in academics today—clinical, operational, strategic, educational, and leadership.”

Monte Hunter, MD
Professor and Chair, Milton B Satcher Distinguished Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Georgia, Director Augusta University Jaguar Sports Medicine

“I just wanted to take a second to tell you how much I enjoyed my time on Friday and Saturday. The topics and organization of the weekend were first rate. Beyond that, having access to the quality of leaders that were present, is truly special for ascending leaders like me. It says a lot about you, and your program, that you attract the caliber of attendees that you did. I greatly look forward to the next AOC event.”

Jack Shilling, MD
Director, Joint Replacement and Reconstruction Program, Cooper University Healthcare

“The Philadelphia AOC meeting was outstanding and very important topics germane to the academic mission was discussed. I think all attendees got a great deal of useful and actionable information to take back home.”

James D. Kang, MD
Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“The UF Faculty that attended were extremely enthusiastic about the future of the organization, the sharing of information among programs this weekend, and what is possible in the future for AOC participant institutions. This was very beneficial for our emerging leaders from UF.”

Andrew Duncan, MBA, MS, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Florida, UF Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute

“This should be part of a mandatory curriculum for every person in the top 5 leadership positions in every Academic Orthopedic Department or PM&R Academic Department in the nation. The vision of the most accomplished and visionary leaders in Academic Orthopedic practices was remarkable. It is really a privilege to learn from the best of the best. Outstanding meeting!”

Academic Orthopaedic Chair

“The AOC Business and Leadership Symposium provided me critical, practical information that will undoubtedly benefit our Department and our Musculoskeletal Service Line. Lessons learned from leaders willing to openly share their knowledge and experience will positively impact financial performance as well as faculty wellbeing. This meeting is a must for those charged with leadership of orthopedic groups within complex academic environments.”

Thomas Hunt, MD
Wilhelmina Barnhart Endowed Chair & Professor, Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

“Thanks for organizing and chairing a very unique meeting for me. It’s rare I get to sit with so many chairs of academic ortho programs. Nevertheless many of their issues, concerns, and problems affect us all. As chief of ortho at one of the Sinai hospitals the entire meeting was of interest to me.”

Edward Yang, M.D.
Chief of Orthopedics Mount Sinai Queens Hospital, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sina

“I truly enjoyed the meeting and found it extremely valuable. You can count on me being a regular participant.”

Mark Vrahas, MD, MHCDS
Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in honor of Myles Cohen, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

“I really enjoyed the meeting and it is striking how well organized it was, but more importantly, how you had managed to establish such a collaborative and collegial environment as a microcosm in a field that is sometimes very competitive. It was great to see everyone sharing important and personal insights on so many critical topics.”

Farshid Guilak, PhD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis

“Congratulations on a fabulous meeting. You run a very professional, impressive, and collaborative event. One of the things that impressed me so much is the culture that you have built, where everyone truly shares their best practices, including little insights and pearls, in such a collegial manner. It was a pleasure to participate and learn from such a great group!”

Lou Soslowsky, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Bioengineering, Vice Chair for Research, University of Pennsylvania


Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Hotel Information

AOC has a limited number of rooms at special group rates for the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. Please use the reservation link below to book your room.

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Please Note: Registering for the 2024 AOC Business & Leadership Symposium prior to reserving your hotel room is highly recommended but not required. However, AOC will be cross-checking hotel lists against registered attendees. Room reservations are subject to cancellation if not registered for the 2024 AOC Business & Leadership Symposium by August 5, 2024.

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