Emerging Leaders Forum

The Emerging Leaders Forum is the key meeting of the Emerging Leaders Program, providing in-depth and meaningful leadership-focused sessions.

As rising leaders within the orthopaedic community, Emerging Leaders know that leadership tools are essential to successfully navigate the ever-shifting landscape of the orthopaedic profession. The Emerging Leaders Forum gives participants the opportunity to network with established AOA leaders and their peers from across the US and Canada.

Previous Emerging Leaders Forum Themes


2022 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Susan A. Scherl, MD, FAOA

Session One:

  • How Bias Impacts Your Success
  • Leading Across Differences

Session Two:

  • Building Effective Team Environments
  • Effective Communication

Session Three: 

  • Dealing With Conflict
  • Leading Inclusively

2021 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Lutul Farrow, MD, FAOA

Theme: Walking the Walk: Developing Tools to Effectively Lead Teams

  • Session One: Build + Empower Diverse Teams
    • Empowering Your Team to Succeed (Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD)
    • The Importance of Assembling a Diverse Team (Eric Carson, MD, FAOA)
  • Session Two: Communicating Your Vision and Influencing Others
    • Defining, Communicating, and Implementing Your Vision (Armando F. Vidal, MD, FAOA)
    • Cross Generational Leadership (Gregory L. DeSilva, MD, FAOA)
  • Session Three: Becoming a Servant Leader and Change Agent
    • The Importance of Being a Servant Leader (Wael Barsoum, MD)
    • Keys to Being a Change Agent (Mark Froimson, MD, FAOA)

2020 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Annunziato Amendola, MD, MPH, FAOA

Theme: Leading Your Organization in the Transition to Value-Based Care and Payment

Facilitated by: 
Richard C. Mather, III, MD, MBA

  • Session One: Care Redesign—Design a Better Way to Take Care of Your Patients
  • Session Two: Payment Reform—Building the Business Model
  • Session Three: Go Do It!—Building the Infrastructure

2019 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Lisa A. Taitsman, MD, MPH, FAOA

Theme: Effective Negotiations for the Orthopaedic Surgeon

Facilitated by: Peter Kim, PhD

2018 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Charles L. Saltzman, MD, FAOA

Theme: Difficult Conversations

Facilitated by: Debbie Goldstein, JD

2017 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS, FAOA

Theme: Leadership Outside the Box

Bob Fox, EdD
Benjamin A. Alman, MD, FAOA, Moderator
Mary I. O’Connor, MD, FAOA
Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, FAOA
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS, FAOA
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD, FAOA
David E. Attarian, MD, FACS, FAOA
Richard H. Gelberman, MD, FAOA
Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAOA
George V. Russell, Jr. MD, MBA, FAOA
Eric Henry
Jayne Nucete

2016 Emerging Leaders Forum Chair: Keith Kenter, MD, FAOA

Theme: Understanding Leadership through Effective Communication Skills

David S. Jevsevar, MD, MBA, FAOA
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, FAOA
Evan L. Flatow, MD, FAOA
Steven L. Frick, MD, FAOA
Thomas P. Vail, MD, FAOA
Rick W. Wright, MD, FAOA
Edward N. Hanley, Jr., MD, FAOA
Robert A. Hart, MD, FAOA
Micah Sinclair, MD
Emily Hoffman, MD
Jennifer L. Moore, JD