The AOA American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellows tour orthopaedic centers in the spring of odd years for four-to-five weeks.

2025 AOA American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellows Announced!

Congratulations to the five selected 2025 AOA American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellows:

  • Peter Rhee, DO, MSc
  • Melvin Helgeson, MD, FAOA
  • Xinning Li, MD, FAOA
  • Miho Tanaka, MD, PhD, FAOA
  • John Scolaro, MD, FAOA

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Applicants must have 13 years in practice or less (Extended by 1 year due to COVID-19)
  • Qualified to practice orthopaedic surgery in the United States;
    • must be a United States citizen, or
    • a Permanent Resident with a full-time position at a hospital/institution in the United States
  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (written and oral examinations) at the time of application
  • Able to travel to the AOA Annual Leadership Meeting in the year prior to travel for finalist interviews.
    • The 2025 finalist interviews will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, June 2024.
  • Able to participate in the tour dates.
  • Able to attend the 2025 AOA Annual Leadership Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Note: Lengthy episodes of time away from practice (>6 months) may be noted by applicants and will be reviewed and given consideration by the selection committee on a case by case basis. This includes but is not exhaustive of illness, family/medical leave, maternity/paternity leave, military deployment, etc.

Information for British Fellows
Information for Canadian Fellows
Information for Australian Fellows
Information for New Zealand Fellows
Information for South African Fellows

ABC hosts plan a unique and exciting experience that will allow the visiting fellows to grow in their leadership skills, research, and career goals. Hosts may also take advantage of any unique environments they may have either academically or historically.

Host Responsibilities

Hosts will be asked to:

  • Identify a key contact person at the host institution to liaise with AOA Headquarters.
  • Coordinate academic, leadership and, social programs.
  • Send the AOA a finalized, detailed itinerary six weeks prior to the tour.
  • Meet the ABC Fellows when they arrive in the local area. If the fellows fly in/out of the region, fellows must be transported to/from the airport to the designated hotel or meeting location.
  • Provide housing, meals, and ground transportation for the ABC Fellows, as well as covering the costs for these arrangements.

Group Hosting

The Traveling Fellowship Subcommittee also encourages members to “group host,” with several institutions in one area sharing the hosting duties and costs, thus adding to the diversity of the tour.

Become an ABC Host

If you are interested in hosting future ABC Fellows, please contact fellowships@aoassn.org.

Application Deadline has passed

ABC Alumni

ABC Alumni reunite at the following events:
  • ABC Fellowship alumni dinners, in odd years at AOA Annual Meetings
  • AOA Traveling Fellowship alumni receptions, during the AOA and AAOS Annual Meetings
The American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship began in 1948. Since then, many of the AOA's past presidents have participated in this prestigious Fellowship:
Full Name Traveling Year 
Cameron S. Allen, MD 1955
Daniel C. Riordan, MD 1955
Charles F. Gregory, MD 1955
J. Leonard Goldner, MD 1955
Albert B. Ferguson, Jr., MD 1955
Paul H. Curtiss, Jr., MD 1957
Edward D. Henderson, MD 1957
Robert N. Lofthouse, MD 1957
Robert W. Bailey, MD 1957
J. William Fielding, MD 1957
James S. Miles, MD 1959
John P. Adams, MD 1959
Gordon W. Cameron, MD 1959
Sherman S. Coleman, MD 1959
Andrew H. Crenshaw, Jr., MD 1959
John W. Hazlett, MD 1961
E. Burke Evans, MD 1961
William E. Snell, MD 1961
William R. MacAusland, Jr., MD 1961
John T.H. Johnson, MD 1961
Martin L. Beller, MD 1963
Robert L. Samilson, MD 1963
John T. Hayes, MD 1963
Patrick J. Kelley, MD 1963
Carroll A. Laurin, MD 1963
Warren G. Stamp, MD 1965
Edward H. Simmons, MD 1965
Kenneth S. Morton, MD 1965
William H. Harris, MD 1965
William F. Enneking, MD 1965
Victor H. Frankel, MD 1965
Antonio Trias, MD 1967
Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD 1967
G. Dean MacEwen, MD 1967
Lewis D. Anderson, MD 1967
D. Kay Clawson, MD 1967
Richard L. Cruess, MD 1967
Glen E. Edwards, MD 1969
Frank C. Wilson, MD 1969
Robert W. Jackson, MD, MS, FRCS(C), PA 1969
Vert Mooney, MD 1969
S. Ashby Grantham, MD 1969
Reginald R. Cooper, MD 1969
Theodore N. Siller, MD 1971
Hamlet A. Peterson, MD 1971
Walter P. Bobechko, MD 1971
Robert E. Leach, MD 1971
Henry R. Cowell, MD, PhD 1971
C. McCollister Evarts, MD 1971
James R. Urbaniak, MD 1973
Nelson S. Mitchell, MD 1973
David S. Bradford, MD 1973
William J. Kane, MD, PhD 1973
Robert W. McGraw, MD FRCSC 1973
Robert L. Fisher, MD 1973
Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD 1975
Reginald H. Yabsley, MD 1975
Richard S. Riggins, MD 1975
John P. Kostuik, MD 1975
S. Henry LaRocca, MD 1975
David P. Green, MD 1975
Jacques E. DesMarchais, MD 1977
Thomas D. Sisk, MD 1977
Larry S. Matthews, MD 1977
Gerald A.M. Finerman, MD 1977
Allan E. Gross, MD 1977
Richard N. Stauffer 1977
Eugene J. Rogala, MD 1979
Franklin H. Sim, MD 1979
Frank R. Noyes, MD 1979
Robert W. Bright, MD 1979
Robert D’Ambrosia, MD 1979
Richard J. Hawkins, MD 1979
Robert Y. McMurtry, MD 1981
John H. Wedge, O.C., MD, FRCSC 1981
Andrew J. Weiland, MD 1981
Robert J. Ruderman, MD 1981
Robert H. Fitzgerald, Jr., MD 1981
Dan M. Spengler, MD 1981
Michael A. Simon, MD 1983
Frederick A. Matsen, III, MD 1983
Bernard F. Morrey, MD 1983
Cecil H. Rorabeck, MD 1983
Vernon T. Tolo, MD 1983
James P. Waddell, MD 1983
Jesse C. DeLee, MD 1983
Walter B. Greene, MD 1985
Stuart L. Weinstein, MD 1985
Andrei A. Czitrom, MD 1985
Robert B. Bourne, MD, FRCSC 1985
James A. Hill, MD 1985
Robert W. Bucholz, MD 1985
Roy A. Meals, MD 1985
Joseph A. Buckwalter, MD 1987
C. Vaughan A. Bowen, MD 1987
Michael G. Rock, MD 1987
Edward V. Craig, MD 1987
James A. Nunley, II, MD, MS 1987
Richard Whitehill, MD 1987
Bernard N. Stulberg, MD 1987
James H. Roth, MD, FRCSC 1989
Charles R. Clark, MD, BS 1989
William E. Garrett, Jr., MD, PhD 1989
Thomas A. Einhorn, MD 1989
Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD 1989
Robin R. Richards, MD, FRCSC 1989
Randal R. Betz, MD 1989
Ken L.B. Brown, MD 1991
Hubert Labelle, MD 1991
James H. Beaty, MD 1991
John J. Callaghan, MD 1991
Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD 1991
Randy N. Rosier, MD 1991
Laurence E. Dahners 1991
Geoffrey H. Johnston, MD 1993
Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD 1993
Frank J. Frassica, MD 1993
Robert L. Barrack, MD 1993
Harry E. Rubash, MD 1993
Thomas E. Trumble, BS, MD 1993
Anthony Miniaci, MD 1995
Lawerence Scott Levin, MD, FACS 1995
John E. Herzenberg, MD, FRCSC 1995
Kevin L. Garvin, MD 1995
Evan L. Flatow, MD 1995
Robert F. McLain, MD 1995
Robert E. Turcotte, MD 1995
Graham J.W. King, MD 1997
Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD 1997
Michael A. Wirth, MD 1997
Kenneth J. Koval, MD 1997
Jay R. Lieberman, MD 1997
William J. Maloney, MD 1997
James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC 1997
Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD 1999
Emil H. Schemitsch, MD,FRCS 1999
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD 1999
Kurt P. Spindler, MD 1999
Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD 1999
Guy Grimard, MD 1999
Paul E. DiCesare, MD 1999
Michael D. McKee, MD, FRCSC 2001
Bassam A. Masri, MD 2001
Robert T. Trousdale, MD 2001
David S. Ruch, MD 2001
Douglas R. Dirschl, MD 2001
Theodore Miclau, III, MD 2001
Paul Tornetta, III, MD 2001
Mark E. Easley, MD 2003
David L. Skaggs, MD 2003
Khaled J. Saleh, MD, MSc, FRCSC, MHCM 2003
Kristy L. Weber, MD 2003
Sohail K. Mirza, MD, MPH 2003
Nizar N. Mahomed, MD, MPH, ScD, FRCSC 2003
Kevin A. Hildebrand, MD 2003
David Ring, MD 2005
Kenneth A. Egol, MD 2005
Sigurd H. Berven, MD 2005
R. Lor Randall, MD 2005
Kenneth J. Faber, MD, MHPE, FRCSC 2005
Michael J. Dunbar, MD, FRCSC, PhD 2005
Javad Parvizi, MD 2005
John Antoniou, MD, PhD., FRCSC 2007
William M. Ricci, MD 2007
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD 2007
Brian G. Donley, MD 2007
Constance R. Chu, MD 2007
Steven L. Frick, MD 2007
Eric R. Bohm, MD 2009
John W. Sperling, MD, MBA 2009
William M. Mihalko, MD, PhD 2009
Leesa M. Galatz, MD 2009
Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA 2009
Rex C. Haydon, MD, PhD 2009
Paul A. Martineau, HBSc, MDCM, FRCSC 2011
Brian K. Kwon, MD, FRCSC 2011
Robert L. Satcher, Jr., MD, PhD 2011
Charles S. Day, MD, MBA 2011
D. Greg Anderson, MD 2011
Bruce S. Miller, MD, MS 2011
Ginger E. Holt, MD 2011
Albert Yee, MD 2013
Brian R. Wolf, MD, MS 2013
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD 2013
Matthew T. Provencher, MD 2013
Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD 2013
Ranjan Gupta, MD 2013
Michelle A. Ghert, MD 2013
Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, MS (Ortho), MH 2015
Hue H. Luu, MD 2015
Robert H. Brophy, MD 2015
Sanjeev Kakar, MD, MRCS 2015
Alpesh A. Patel, MD 2015
Rajiv Gandhi, MD 2015
Suken A. Shah, MD 2015
Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD 2017
Jonathan P. Braman, MD 2017
Joseph R. Hsu, MD 2017
Brett A. Freedman, MD 2017
Eric J. Strauss, MD 2017
Wade Gofton, BScH, MEd, MD, FRCS(C) 2017
David M. Sheps, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCSC 2017
Antonia Chen, MD, MBA 2019
Derek Kelly, MD, FAOA 2019
Michael Lee, MD, FAOA 2019
Philipp Leucht, MD, PhD 2019
Hassan Mir, MD, MBA, FAOA, FACS 2019
Sukhdeep Dulai, MD, BSc, MHSc (Epi), FRCSC 2019
Ruby Grewal, MSc, MD, FRCSC 2019
Jonathan F. Dickens, MD, 2021
William C. Eward, DVM, MD 2021
Addisu Mesfin, MD 2021
Anna N. Miller, MD 2021
Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, MD 2021
Sasha Carsen, MD,CM MBA FRCSC 2021
Michael J. Monument, MD MSc FRCSC 2021

Charles A. Rockwood Recognition

Dr. Rockwood is an alumni of the ABC Traveling Fellowship program and speaks often of the strong impact the experience had on his career. As Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Orthopaedic Department, and Director, Shoulder Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he worked closely with DePuy Orthopaedics in the development of the Global Shoulder Arthroplasty System and a post-operative home-based exercise rehabilitation program for the shoulder. In addition, he has led his team of investigators in developing the Global Fx Prosthesis with DePuy specifically designed to treat fractures of the shoulder, the Conservative Anatomical Prosthesis, and the Cuff Tear Arthropathy Head. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks, including seven editions of the three-volume text, Fractures and four editions of the two-volume text, The Shoulder. Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD, FAOA has made a donation via his estate in the amount of $150,000, with $125,000 in support of the AOA’s American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship.

2022 Charles A. Rockwood ABC Traveling Fellow – Dr. Jonathan Dickens

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Questions?

For questions regarding the ABC Traveling Fellowship, please contact fellowships@aoassn.org.