Lessons in Orthopaedic Leadership: An AOA Podcast

The American Orthopaedic Association

Members and affiliates of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) interview guests to highlight lessons in orthopaedic leadership. Interviews include orthopaedic leaders, faculty and leaders within orthopaedic departments at academic institutions and large practices, health care system leaders, rising leaders, and other medical leaders. Thanks to @iampetermartin for his contribution of introduction and conclusion jazz music.

Trends and Innovations in Orthopaedics: A CEO’s Perspective With Guest Cheryl Blanchard, PhD
Sep 27 2022
Trends and Innovations in Orthopaedics: A CEO’s Perspective With Guest Cheryl Blanchard, PhD
Trends and Innovations in Orthopaedics: A CEO’s Perspective Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Alexander Aleem, MD sit down with Cheryl Blanchard, BS, MS, PhD, president and CEO of Anika Therapeutics, to discuss how the company is driving technological innovations to benefit patients, orthopaedic surgeons, payors, and health care organizations.Dr. Blanchard discusses how new orthopaedic trends impact the development process and shape product offerings. She describes how the 2020 acquisitions of Arthrosurface and Parcus Medical have dramatically shortened Anika’s innovation cycles to deliver greater value to physicians, patients, and shareholders.  The conversation touches on Dr. Blanchard’s career journey, merging her expertise in medicine, engineering, and business to becoming a leader of a multi-national orthopaedics corporation.  She provides perspectives on challenging yourself professionally, including experiencing new things and not being afraid to accept a challenge.Dr. Blanchard assumed the role of Anika’s president and chief executive officer in April 2020. She has served as president and CEO of Microchips Biotech, held senior executive positions at Zimmer-Biotech, and provided strategic consulting services to medical device companies and private equity clients. Dr. Blanchard currently serves as director of Vigil Neuroscience and Daré Bioscience.  Dr. Blanchard received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.Anika (NASDAQ: ANIK) is a global joint preservation company committed to delivering meaningful advancements in early intervention orthopedic care, including osteoarthritis pain management, regenerative solutions, soft tissue repair, and bone preserving joint technologies.
Connecting in Person: An Interview with Dr. Steve Frick, 2022 Annual Meeting Program Chair
May 16 2022
Connecting in Person: An Interview with Dr. Steve Frick, 2022 Annual Meeting Program Chair
On today’s episode of Lessons in Orthopedic Leadership, our hosts Dr. Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Dr. Alexander Aleem, MD interview Dr. Steven Frick. Dr. Frick is the Division Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Stanford University and is the Program Chair for the AOA's 135th Annual Leadership Meeting in Providence this June. Dr. Frick tells us all about the meaningful, cutting edge content that has been assembled and the opportunities to connect in-person after the pandemic prevented that for a couple of years.The AOA Program Committee relied on membership to submit content ideas for symposia and forums, and this year’s meeting contains a focus on the need for more diversity in orthopaedics, a look at the future of orthopaedics for up and coming leaders, and how different organizations can work in tandem.The first symposium will be about how to build a great orthopaedic department for the next decade, and we’ll hear the data on some challenges that face orthopaedic leaders who are building their departments. Secondly, there will be a very interesting symposium on how artificial intelligence can help us in our clinics.The third symposium is about gender justice in academic medicine, with Charles Day, MD, MBA, FAOA,  Ann E. Van Heest, MD, FAOA, Kim Templeton, MD, FAOA, and Lisa Lattanza, MD, FAOA.Symposium four will explore the importance of good science and the foundational necessity of excellent research.Symposium five will be all about the role of the AOA and how different organizations should relate and encourage leadership in the world of orthopedics.Symposium six will dissect the topic of leadership and education during and after Covid 19. Dr. Frick reminds us on the episode that a leader’s role is to adapt and move forward; the pandemic has changed things and it’s important to define how to lead and teach in this new normal. In addition to those topics, come join us to hear from external talent that will lead us to tackle our leadership challenges in new and better ways.Register for the meeting: more on Dr. Frick:www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/doctor/steven-l-frick
Resident Leadership Development
Mar 25 2022
Resident Leadership Development
On this episode of the AOA Lessons in Orthopaedic leadership, Charles Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Alexander Aleem, MD speak to Tessa Balach, MD, FAOA and Mary Mulcahey, MD, FAOA. Drs. Balach and Mulcahey will co-chair the CORD Conference on the 25th of March in Chicago and the Summer CORD Conference in Providence, June 17-18, 2022.After a brief introduction, the Drs. Balach and Mulcahey speak about the boom in resident leadership development, noting the breadth of knowledge that applicants and residents have about the world ahead of them. Drs. Balach and Mulcahey discuss  how teaching leadership and soft skills brings excitement to their roles, noting these skills are also transferrable outside of academic medicine. They share how coaching, providing advice and feedback, as well as teaching leadership subconsciously through role modeling are all important topics for resident education.  We learn how focusing on topics related to emotional intelligence and growth mindset can allow us to take advantage of other opportunities. Dr. Goldfarb shares a statement he read recently from Harvard Business Review that said in coaching and giving feedback it is important that both parties be in the right frame of mind to give and receive feedback. The group advise Residents to not be afraid to ask your program director about what opportunities are out there for you. Drs. Balach and Mulcahey share  information about the upcoming CORD Conference and how they are extremely looking forward to the debate style discussions!If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe so you never miss a new episode, and leave us a 5 star review so we can grow and reach a wider community, helping us to keep doing what we’re doing. Thanks for listening! Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion
Birth of a Specialty with Dr. Herndon
Dec 12 2021
Birth of a Specialty with Dr. Herndon
James Herndon, MD, MBA, FAOA shares insights from his newly published title, "Birth of a Specialty:  A History of Orthopaedics at Harvard and Its Teaching Hospitals." About Birth of a Specialty:  A History of Orthopaedics at Harvard and Its Teaching HospitalsBirth of a Specialty presents a comprehensive history of the specialty focused on US contributions and including the orthopaedic surgeons at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and its major teaching hospitals.Volume 1 addresses the early surgical landscape, the development of the specialization of orthopaedics, and the history of orthopaedics at HMS. The history of HMS discusses the creation of the orthopaedic department, curriculum, and residency program, the emergence of sports medicine, as well as the infamous murder of Dr. George Parkman at the school in 1849 and contributions by surgeons to the case.Volumes 2, 3 and 4, present the history of orthopaedics at each of Harvard’s teaching hospitals; with volume 2 focused on Boston Children’s Hospital, volume 3 on Massachusetts General Hospital, and volume 4 on Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston City Hospital.Each hospital section begins by discussing the origins of the institution; the evolution of orthopaedic department status at each hospital; the contributions of many great orthopaedic surgeons; and the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century, including recruitment of orthopaedic chairpersons at each of the hospitals. It ends with a discussion of the role of Harvard orthopaedic surgeons in the world wars.About James Herndon, MD, MBA, FAOAJames H. Herndon, MD, MBA, FAOA is the William H. & Johanna A. Harris Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Partners Healthcare System (Mass General Brigham), Boston. He has long been a leader in orthopaedics, chairing departments of orthopaedic surgery at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Medical Center (UPMC). He also served as vice president of medical services at UPMC and as associate senior vice chancellor for the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.He has influenced the direction of orthopaedics through leadership positions with national organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Association, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the Academic Orthopaedic Society.More information can be found here.**The AOA thanks Peter E. Randall Publisher for its generous support of this episode.**
Out of the OR, Into the C-Suite: Laura Forese, MD, MPH
Oct 29 2021
Out of the OR, Into the C-Suite: Laura Forese, MD, MPH
Laura Forese, MD, MPH, joins the AOA Lessons in Orthopaedic Leadership to discuss what orthopaedic leadership looks like from the C-Suite. Episode Highlights:Personal Leadership Journey: Dr. Forese shares her own road to the C-Suite Building a Team: Having the courage to get it rightThe Best Fit: Advice for those looking at advanced degreesSponsors, Mentors, Support: What helps along the way and how to approach building those relationships. Credibility: What makes a leader truly credibleAbout Dr. Forese: Dr. Forese is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare systems. The only hospital in the country affiliated with two top-ranked medical schools, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is consistently recognized as a top 10 hospital in the nation and the #1 hospital in New York by U.S. News and World Report, as well as a best place to work by Forbes, Fortune, and Glassdoor. Dr. Forese has ultimate operational responsibility for the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise, including 10 hospital campuses, 200 primary and specialty care clinics and medical groups, more than 45,000 employees and affiliated physicians, and more than $9 billion in revenue. Her transparent and reassuring leadership as COO, including providing near daily video reports to the NYP workforce during the COVID-19 emergency, has been an important element of NYP’s efficacy in confronting the pandemic. Under Dr. Forese’s leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian launched an innovative suite of digital health services called NYP OnDemand, implemented groundbreaking employee programs for paid parental leave and respite care, and achieved significant gains in patient satisfaction scores as well as employee engagement and front-line empowerment by focusing on building a culture of respect. As President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, Dr. Forese expanded the organization’s presence in Westchester County, Queens and Brooklyn, bringing high-quality community hospitals into the network, and she established the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups to expand NewYork-Presbyterian’s primary and specialty care throughout the region. Among Dr. Forese’s top priorities and accomplishments is the regionalization and standardization of financial, operational, and clinical practices across the enterprise so that every patient receives the same exceptional standard of care no matter where they go in the NewYork-Presbyterian system. Active in multiple healthcare and civic organizations, Dr. Forese chairs the hospital board of the NIH Clinical Research Hospital in Bethesda, MD; she is also a Trustee of Princeton University, a board member of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and of LiveOnNY, and previously served on the board of a healthcare related public company.  She has been named among the 100 most influential people in healthcare nationally, the top 25 women leaders, and the 50 most influential physician executives each by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. Forese has also been named among the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s Business, and has been honored as Mother of the Year by the American Cancer Society.    An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, and she holds a management degree from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.   She is married to Dr. Robert Downey, a thoracic surgeon and they have 3 adult children.