President and Mrs. Spengler, Dr. and Mrs. Swiontkowski, distinguished
international presidents, members, and guests:It is my honor and great pleasure to address you today. The American
Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is a society of leaders. Its mission is
"to identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the
art and science of orthopaedics." We hope to be the organization that
catalyzes the orthopaedic community to greatness through inspired leadership.
A position of leadership entitles one to certain rights, privileges,
obligations, and responsibilities. It is the area of responsibilities that I
would like to address today.