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Josh Jacobs, MD

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Frederick M. Azar, MD

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Fred Redfern, MD

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Annunziato Amendola, MD

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Franklin H. Sim, MD

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Frederick M. Azar, MD, Elected American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Second Vice President

San Francisco, CA – Memphis-based physician Frederick M. Azar, MD, was elected second vice-president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco this week.

“I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to give back to the orthopaedic profession,” said Dr. Azar. “Volunteering is something that means a great deal to me, and it is something that was instilled in me early in my medical career.”

After earning his medical degree from Tulane University of Medicine, Dr. Azar completed an internship at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Missouri and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic.  He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.  

Currently, Dr. Azar serves as Chief-of-Staff of the Campbell Clinic, as well as a professor and director of the sports medicine fellowship program in the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He also was director of the department’s residency program for 10 years.

“Being a part of the Academy’s presidential line means that I will have a voice in directing the focus of the orthopaedic profession,” said Dr. Azar.  “Our organization has many challenges ahead, but these challenges also bring great opportunities, especially in our core mission areas such as education, advocacy, patient care, quality, communications, and unity.  I look forward to working with other Board members to advance these initiatives over the next few years.”

Active in numerous professional societies, Dr. Azar is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), along with many other national and international groups.  Dr. Azar also serves as the team physician for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, as well as the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University sports teams.

“I truly believe that being a physician is a calling and having the ability to restore quality of life to get people moving again is what orthopaedics is all about.  Practicing medicine at the Campbell Clinic has allowed me to interact with past AAOS presidents, who have been among my best mentors.  Those physicians taught by example that you can in fact balance patient care, research, and the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows and still have time for volunteering in the community, and in our organization.”

Dr. Azar has volunteered with the Academy for nearly 20 years and was a graduate of the inaugural AAOS Leadership Fellows Program class in 2003.  Having served most recently as Academy treasurer, Dr. Azar is familiar with the current AAOS Board structure and has “learned a tremendous amount from the past Board volunteers.” Dr. Azar most recently served as treasurer of AAOS where he provided financial oversight and assumed fiscal responsibility.  He also has chaired several AAOS project teams, committees and sub-committees.

When not volunteering with the Academy or helping patients, Dr. Azar’s “hobby” is spending time with his wife Julie, and children, Isabel and Nicholas.  “Family time is important to me, even if it is as simple as sitting around the dinner table talking and laughing.  Having the support of my family is what allows me to volunteer and take on this leadership role at AAOS; my wife is my biggest fan.”

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