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Daniel J. Berry, MD

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Daniel J. Berry, MD, Named President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

San Diego—Orthopaedic surgeon Daniel J. Berry, MD, today became the president of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at the organization’s 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“We (orthopaedic surgeons) must constantly renew our knowledge foundation with the incredible opportunities provided by almost instant access to orthopaedic information – such as the Academy’s own OrthoPortal. I will look for us all to work together to seize the opportunities promised by these new communication channels to provide education and information to our members and to the public,” said Dr. Berry.

Dr. Berry said he and the leaders on the AAOS Board of Directors have identified several topics of priority for the coming year, including quality initiatives, evidence-based practice initiatives, continuing a path of fiscal responsibility and finding innovative ways to refresh, reinforce and deliver learning and continuing education initiatives.

Active in the AAOS since 1998, Dr. Berry has served on numerous committees and task forces, including the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) and the CME Courses Committee.  He most recently served as vice president (2010) and second vice president (2009) of the Academy. He also held the position of president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and held previous leadership roles for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), the Hip Society and the Mid America Orthopaedic Association.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Berry completed orthopaedic surgery residencies at Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  He completed his fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Currently, he serves as professor of orthopaedics, College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic and chair in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic. 

“This is a remarkable time in American medicine and together with my colleagues on the Board, we will adjust to the new demands of healthcare that insist that we demonstrate --– as everyone must in this new global economy – the value and the quality of our work. In orthopaedics, we have significant data and anecdotal evidence that our work has a dramatic and positive effect on our patients’ lives, but we will continue to find ways to measure the outcomes and long-term effect of our work,” Berry remarked.

An orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, Dr. Berry has received numerous honors and accolades including awards for clinical research from the Hip Society, the Knee Society, the AAHKS, and the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF).  He is the author or co-author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and 60 book chapters.  Dr. Berry has made scientific presentations at hundreds of regional, national and international meetings.

“My predecessor, John Callaghan, MD (the Academy’s immediate past president) has done an excellent job as president and one of the many things he did that I admired was seek a variety of perspectives in a fair and determined effort to build organizational consensus. That is exactly what I believe this role should do for the Academy. The president should help the organization respond to the needs of the patient population and the AAOS membership in a responsible, responsive way,” said Berry.

“Dan is not only one of the great researchers in orthopaedics, he also is an incredibly organized, thoughtful and considerate voice on our board. Dan’s diplomacy, commitment and capacity to envision successful outcomes is extremely important to our board’s collective commitment,” stated John Tongue, MD, first vice president of the AAOS.  “I enjoy working alongside Dan in our continued service to the membership.”

When not working on Academy business, seeing patients or in the operating room, Dr. Berry enjoys the outdoors and traveling.  He is an avid fly fisherman and downhill and cross country skier.  He also greatly enjoys time with his wife, Camilla, and children, Charlotte and John.

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