Orlando-area orthopaedic surgeon Lawrence S. Halperin, M.D., became chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Councilors (BOC) at the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting in early March.
The BOC consists of more than 100 members elected by state and regional orthopaedic societies and also represents Puerto Rico, the U.S. military, Canada, and four regional societies. The Board serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and committees. The BOC also manages the Academy’s relations with state and regional orthopaedic societies and conducts a wide range of programs to strengthen and support the societies.
“I have immensely enjoyed working with other orthopaedic surgeons from every corner of the United States. The BOC’s goal is to ensure the healthcare system functions well so we can deliver quality medical care to our patients,” says Dr. Halperin. “It is rewarding to feel I have made a small, yet positive impact on the system and I look forward to what we will be able to accomplish in the future.”
The AAOS provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals while also serving as an advocate for improved patient care and informing the public about the science of orthopaedics. Founded at Northwestern University as a not-for-profit organization in 1933, the AAOS has grown from a small organization serving less than 500 members to the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists serving more than 39,000 members worldwide.
Members of the AAOS, called Fellows, are orthopaedists concerned with the diagnosis, care, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The orthopaedist’s scope of practice includes disorders of the body’s bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Fellows have completed four years of medical school and at least five years of an approved “residency” in orthopaedics. In addition, they must pass a comprehensive oral and written examination, be certified by the AAOS, and submit to stringent membership review processes prior to admittance to the group.
Dr. Halperin specializes in hand, elbow and shoulder surgery at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological chemistry at Tulane University in New Orleans and a medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Halperin completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the SUNY Health Science Center and Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. He also completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center (formerly the SUNY Health Sciences Center) in Syracuse, N.Y.
Dr. Halperin previously served as chair of the Academy’s Advocacy Resource Committee and was a part of the BOC for four years before his election into their leadership line. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Florida Orthopaedic Society and the Orange County Medical Society.
By Corey Gehrold