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David Teuscher, MD, Elected
Chair of Academy Board of Councilors

SAN DIEGO — Orthopaedic surgeon David Teuscher, MD of Beaumont, Texas was announced as Chair of the Board of Councilors (BOC) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at its 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.  BOC members represent orthopaedists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the US Military, Puerto Rico, Canada and four of the regional orthopaedic societies.

“It is a high honor to serve as the leader of this esteemed group of talented women and men, and to carry their vision and passion to the Academy Board of Directors,” said Dr. Teuscher. “The BOC is the early warning system for problems faced by our orthopaedic patients and practices and it is where many innovative initiatives have begun.”

This year, the ongoing issue of access to healthcare is a prime concern for Dr. Teuscher.  He hopes to use his new role to inform others of what is at stake for patients and physicians in regards to the current state of the U.S. healthcare system. “Physicians are rightfully uncertain of how the changes in healthcare will affect their patients and their practices,” added Dr. Teuscher. “We must educate our fellowship, the public and elected leaders on the proper manner to truly reform our healthcare system. This should be done in a positive way that delivers value in the form of improved quality, better outcomes and cost-effective care for patients.”

Dr. Teuscher completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and earned his MD at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Between an internship and orthopaedic residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he took on academic roles with the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  He also served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences for seven years at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  Currently, Dr. Teuscher practices orthopaedic surgery in a full-time private practice and specializes in sports medicine at the Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute (BBJI) in southeast Texas. 

Active in several professional societies, Dr Teuscher serves as a fellow of the AAOS, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and as a member and past-president of Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA).  He is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), Texas Medical Association (TMA), Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) and the Jefferson County Medical Society, among other professional medical endeavors.  He also worked as co-director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship for the University of Texas in Galveston, is team physician for Lamar University NCAA intercollegiate athletics and works with several local high school athletic training departments.

Besides his work in the orthopaedic field, Dr. Teuscher spends his “free time” with his family and in his community. He has been named “Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year” for his successful work as Citizens Committee Co-Chair, for developing and passing a multi-million dollar independent school district bond.  Dr. Teuscher and his wife reside in Beaumont, Texas and have two sons who attend the University of Texas at Austin.  His sons are based in Germany after completing a tour in Iraq and continue to serve in the U.S. Army.


The BOC was founded in 1973 by members of AAOS concerned about "the totality of orthopaedic life."  The responsibilities of the BOC are to establish and maintain communication with the AAOS’ Board of Directors and members; serve as a representative, deliberative body in matters of concern to all orthopaedic surgeons, which include reviewing, debating, and making recommendations regarding AAOS resolution, standards of professionalism and bylaws proposals; and be an effective and authoritative policy-making body in matters of concern to orthopaedic surgery. 

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