The AOA’s Diversity Taskforce hosts a virtual DEI Think Tank on November 1, 2021 for health care leaders charged with stewarding diversity initiatives within their institutions or practices.

Think Tank Goals:

  • Forge Connections: Connect diversity chairs, committee members, and liaisons from across the country
  • Assess: How can the American Orthopaedic Association support the efforts of diversity leaders within their department, medical school, institution, or practice?
  • Resource Creation: Define gaps, build solutions, identify what resources the AOA might develop for individuals serving in these important roles.

Learn more here.

The AOA thanks DePuy Synthes and Medtronic for their financial support of the 2021 DEI Think Tank.

AOA Diversity Taskforce


  • Gabriella E. Ode, MD, Diversity Liaison 2021-2022
  • Addisu Mesfin, MD, FAOA, Diversity Liaison 2021-2022
  • Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FAOA
  • Keith Kenter, MD, PhD, FAOA
  • Dawn LaPorte, MD, FAOA
  • Lisa Lattanza, MD, FAOA
  • Charles L. Nelson, MD, FAOA
  • Lisa Taitsman, MD, FAOA
  • Erica Taylor, MD, MBA, FAOA