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“The AOC under the leadership of its founder, Mike Gagnon, provides an invaluable forum for the exchange of ideas and information that will benefit each and every person who attends (and the departments they represent). It should be mandatory for leaders of academic departments of orthopaedic surgery.”

Joseph D. Zuckerman MD endorses AOC Connect, the premier academic orthopaedic network.

“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!”

 

AOC Connect Distinguished Lecturer Lou Soslowski PhD

“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

“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 Sinai

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

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