2021 Virtual Emerging Leaders Forum

Walking the Walk: Developing Tools to Effectively Lead Teams

Lutul D. Farrow, MD, FAOA, 2021 Chair

The Emerging Leaders Forum is the key meeting of the Emerging Leaders Program, providing in-depth and meaningful leadership-focused sessions. The 2021 Emerging Leaders Forum will be conducted over three, 90 minute virtual 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.

Session Agendas

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session One: Build + Empower Diverse Teams
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Reflect and evaluate the significance of empowering others
  • Examine the importance of diverse teams and develop strategies to build them

Agenda Items:

  • Empowering Your Team to Succeed
    Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD
  • The Importance of Assembling a Diverse Team
    Eric Carson, MD, FAOA
  • Q&A, Small Group Breakouts, Action Plan

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session Two: Communicating Your Vision and Influencing Others
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Examine the practice of communicating your vision and influencing others
  • Reflect on cross generational leadership and how it can impact our communication

Agenda Items: 

  • Defining, Communicating, and Implementing Your Vision
    Armando F. Vidal, MD, FAOA
  • Cross Generational Leadership
    Gregory L. DeSilva, MD, FAOA
  • Q&A, Small Group Breakouts, Action Plan

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Session Three: Becoming a Servant Leader and Change Agent
Lead Faculty: Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD


  • Examine servant leadership and the importance of being a change agent
  • Examine your role as a leader and change agent
  • Develop strategies to build your leadership bench strength

Agenda Items:

  • The Importance of Being a Servant Leader
    Wael Barsoum, MD
  • Keys to Being a Change Agent
    Mark Froimson, MD, FAOA
  • Q&A, Small Group Breakouts, Action Plan


Colleen Carroll, MS, MBA, CPTD is the Director of Learning Strategy and Design at Cleveland Clinic, where she leads a cross functional team at the Cleveland Clinic Mandel Global Leadership & Learning Institute (MGLLI) to implement learning strategy, design, delivery, and business impact for physician leaders and executives. She has 15 years of expertise in management, design, creation and implementation of learning solutions for in-person and online courses. Specific interests include leadership development programs, instructional design, eLearning, and learner needs analysis. Ms. Carroll has designed leadership development courses around the topics of communication skills, dealing with conflict, emotional intelligence, influence, time management, and team building.

She received her Master of Science in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay in 2015, and a Master of Business of Administration from the American Military University in 2013. She is also a veteran of US Marine Corps.

Lutul D. Farrow, MD is a Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon in The Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Farrow serves as the Director of Sports Medicine Clinical Operations and is so the Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Farrow completed his collegiate studies at Baldwin Wallace University where he was a Team Captain and Academic All-American for the Yellow Jacket football program. Dr. Farrow earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland.  He completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Farrow has served as a Team Physician for The NFL Cleveland Browns, The University of Arizona Wildcat and Pima Community College Aztecs athletic programs, the Tucson Rodeo, and both the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies during their spring training in Tucson. Currently, Dr. Farrow serves as the Head Orthopaedic Consultant for Baldwin Wallace University and Head Team Physician at Brunswick High School. He has authored multiple Orthopaedic Surgery book chapters and over fifty manuscripts in peer-reviewed orthopaedic surgery journals. Dr. Farrow has also participated as a visiting lecturer and presented his research both nationally and internationally. He has also completed the prestigious AOSSM Traveling Fellowship in 2018 on the European (ESSKA) tour.

Dr. Farrow enjoys spending time with his wife, Tenisha and their three sons, Andrew (16), Donovan (14) and Jackson (12). He is an avid distance runner and enjoys golfing.

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD has joined the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Mason will be responsible for supporting efforts to address harassment, discrimination, and other forms of mistreatment in the graduate medical education learning environment, particularly as this impacts inclusion; and, to improve retention and well-being for diverse physicians in training. In addition, she will focus on internal efforts to apply workforce diversity and inclusive thinking within the ACGME.

Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Mason was the founder and executive director of Nth Dimensions and now serves as the organization’s senior advisor on its Board of Directors. Dr. Mason designed all aspects of execution and delivery of the Nth Dimensions physician pathway program and curriculum, to decrease disparities in the health care workplace by increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in competitive specialties, including orthopedic surgery, radiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology.

She is also the co-founder/chief executive officer of Beyond the Exam Room, where she has developed a comprehensive, continuing medical education (CME)-accredited business of medicine, career development, leadership, and financial curriculum for young physicians at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels.

Dr. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC, her Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, her general surgery internship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she completed her residency at Howard University Hospital in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, where she was named Chief Resident of the Year. She served as a board certified orthopedic surgeon and chief operating officer for her group practice in Washington, DC, and clinical assistant professor at Howard University; then as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Louisville; and, is presently adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in orthopedic surgery and rehabilitative medicine.

She has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery’s Diversity Award in 2015.


Eric Carson, MD, FAOA

Eric W. Carson, MD, FAAOS, FAOA is on faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine as a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery / Division of Sports Medicine. He also serves as the Chief of Orthopeadic Surgery at the St. Louis John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital. He is the Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University. On a national level, he is the president of the JR Gladden Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Carson has completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Harvard University Combined Orthopaedic Surgery and his sports medicine / shoulder fellowship at the Weil Cornell Medicine  / The Hospital for Special Surgery.

Gregory L. DeSilva, MD, FAOA

Dr. Greg DeSilva has been a faculty member of the University of Arizona Department of Orthopedic Surgery since 2007. He has served as the residency program director at the University of Arizona since 2009 and has been active in Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors, American Orthopedic Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and Orthopedic Trauma Association serving on numerous committees. Also, he has served as President of the Detroit Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Southwest Orthopaedic Trauma Association. With his colleagues from SWOTA, he is co-director of the annual Intern Motor Skills Course.

Dr. DeSilva attended the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He stayed in Ann Arbor where he completed his orthopedic surgery training and then completed a hand surgery fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital, the Curtis National Hand Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. DeSilva is board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a CAQ in hand surgery.

His academic interests include athletic injuries of the wrist and elbow, management of bone loss, soft tissue coverage, and surgical education.

Greg, his wife Christine, and five children are vibrant members of the Tucson community. In addition to serving as team physician and hand surgery consultant for the University of Arizona athletic department, he is a Team Physician for the Tucson Roadrunners, site physician for the Arizona Bowl, and tournament physician for the ITF professional tennis tournaments held in Tucson. Thanks to Tucson’s sunny days, you can often find him on one of the numerous tennis courts in the Old Pueblo.

Armando F. Vidal, MD, FAOA

Complex Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Vidal specializes in shoulder and knee surgery with a focus on complex knee and ACL reconstruction surgeries. His work involves complex revisions, osteotomies, articular cartilage restoration and multi-ligament knee injuries. His vast experience in sports medicine includes his role as head team physician for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, a position he started in the spring of 2017. Vidal also served as head team physician for the University of Colorado men’s basketball program and the University of Denver’s NCAA Division I national championship men’s hockey team for 11 seasons.

In addition to his clinical and team physician accolades, Dr. Vidal has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded several prominent research awards including the AOSSM Aircast Award as well the AOSSM O’Donoghue Award and ASES Neer Clinical Science award – both twice – for his involvement in multicenter outcome studies.

Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, FAOA
Dr. Mark Froimson is Principal of Riverside Health Advisors, specializing in accelerating and financing innovation in healthcare, including analytic, digital health, device, pharmaceutical, clinical, operational, and payment solutions.  In this capacity, he serves as Chief Medical Officer for Angel MD, and investment and advisory platform for physicians; Board Chair for Indago, developers of wireless cameras and lighting solutions for surgery; Board Chair for Thrive, a peer support company serving mental health clients; and member of the Board of Directors of two public companies: Pacira Biosciences, Inc. (PCRX), providing opioid free pain relief, and Sintx Technologies, Inc. (SINT), developers of advanced, microbial resistant biomaterials.  In addition, he serves as advisor to numerous healthcare provider and technology companies and their CEO’s, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the National Arthritis Foundation.

He is the Immediate Past President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.  He recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Trinity Health–a nationwide, non-profit health care system–overseeing physician, nursing and pharmacy services, quality, safety, patient experience and alternate payment strategies for the clinical enterprise. Prior to that, he served for 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, during which time he held numerous leadership positions including serving as President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic’s Euclid Hospital, President of the Cleveland Clinic Professional Staff, Vice Chair of the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute, and member of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. He is a recognized academic leader in the implementation of new technology, care models, and payment models in health care with a demonstrated ability to catalyze the successful development and adoption of complex solutions. He is widely published, a dedicated educator, and a sought-after speaker on many health care leadership, quality, care delivery, technology, and payment topics.

Wael Barsoum, MD

President & Chief Transformation Officer

Dr. Wael Barsoum is an innovative, value-driven orthopedic surgeon with 20+ years of experience in promoting growth, performance, and leading change.  As President and Chief Transformation Officer, Dr. Barsoum leads HOPCo’s market transformation initiatives by further aligning stakeholders to continue the shift from volume-based care to value-based care models.  He also oversees HOPCo’s musculoskeletal service line hospital integration, musculoskeletal specialty hospitals, quality programs, and operational teams.

Prior to joining HOPCo, Dr. Barsoum served as the CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida.  During his tenure, Dr. Barsoum cultivated and transformed Cleveland Clinic Florida from a $600M, single, 155-bed hospital system with 9 remote sites to a $1.8B, 5-hospital, 1,083-bed tertiary and quaternary care hospital system with over 40 regional sites.  This transformation was made possible by Dr. Barsoum’s successful and seamless integration of Martin Health and Indian River Health Systems, which resulted in significant growth in volumes, revenue, and profitability, as well as improvement in key performance quality metrics across the Florida region.  Dr. Barsoum has also published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, presented at over 300 conferences internationally, and is a member of both the prestigious Hip Society and the Knee Society.  He is also a board member of the Florida Hospital Association.

Dr. Barsoum is an effective visionary adept at forecasting future challenges and instituting roadmaps for organizational success, examples of which include the development of the Enterprise Surgical Council, the first Cleveland Clinic Surgical Operations Playbook, and the creation of the Check Please Cost Transparency Program. He also incorporated novel software solutions and predictive analytics into surgery scheduling operations globally for the Cleveland Clinic.

Previous Emerging Leaders Forum Themes

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