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Embargoed for Release: February 18, 2011

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William J. Best Appointed Lay Member of
Academy Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO – Business consultant William J. Best was appointed lay member for the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and will assume this position at its 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Consulting to a variety of healthcare organizations for the past 35 years, Mr. Best brings a wealth of business experience to this role.  For more than 20 years, he was a partner at A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm, where he worked with senior management in the field of medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and home health care.  One of his proudest achievements comes from establishing an international startup presence in Asia, which grew to more than 300 consultants during his tenure.  Mr. Best served on the Board of Directors of A.T. Kearney for a 10 year period.

“My experience in the business world will be helpful to the Academy in planning a strategic response to some of the major challenges now facing the medical community - - including  the escalating costs to the practice of health care and  the implementation  of health care reform, areas where many AAOS members may have questions,” stated Best.
Throughout his career, Mr. Best also has served on several non-for-profit boards, including Children’s Memorial Medical Center (Chicago), The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Commercial Club of Chicago, among others. 

“Being a part of a board means you have the ability to have a positive impact, and I look forward to the intellectual challenge that this appointment will bring,” said Best.  “There is a learning curve for me, as I am not a physician; however, I am excited to get started.  I have a bias toward action. The AAOS is a highly respected medical group whose influential presence needs to be continually felt, especially in Washington,” he added.

Mr. Best completed his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, at Harvard University and secured his MBA in Finance and International Business at the University of Chicago. 

Married for 37 years, Mr. Best has four children and six grandchildren.  When not consulting, Mr. Best enjoys traveling, skiing, riding his horses and working on his 1956 Chris Craft Capri. 

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