The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Advocacy Committee promotes the importance of musculoskeletal research and the need for increased, sustainable funding.

Current Committee

Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Chair

Jarrett Cain, DPM, MSc, FACFAS

Lana Kang, MD

Joyce Keyak, PhD

Megan Killian, PhD

Yi-Xian Qin, PhD

Irving Shapiro, PhD

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ORS Ambassadors are dynamic leaders who represent the ORS in their state, region or country. They facilitate networking, professional development and collaboration in an effort to strengthen the ORS and musculoskeletal science on a local/regional level.

Website: http://www.ors.org/ors-ambassadors

Rebecca Chung, Northeast

Thomas Kean, PhD, West South Central

Catherine Kuo, PhD, Northeast

Dmitriy Sheyn, PhD, Pacific

Yutaka Inaba, MD, PhD, Japan

Megan Killian, PhD, Mid Atlantic

Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD, Midwest

Roshni Rainbow, PhD, Ontario, Canada

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Coordinate all components of the ORS Annual Meeting and develop innovative programs and educational opportunities to meet the needs of all annual meeting attendees.

Current Committee

Susanna G. Chubinskaya, PhD, Chair

J.Mark Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Marjolein C van der Meulen, PhD

Michael Ominsky, PhD

Xin Lucas Lu, PhD

Alayna Loiselle, PhD

Ken Kozloff, PhD

Robin M. Queen, PhD

Susan Bukata, MD

Natalie H. Kelly

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Alessandra Carriero, PhD, Chair

Alessandra Carriero, PhD, Chair
Serving as Associate Member on Board of Directors

Natalie H. Kelly
Annual Meeting Committee

Rebacca Wachs, PhD
Awards and Recognition Committee

Jennifer Racine
Clinical Research Committee

Nikolaos Paschos,
Media Relations & Communications Committee

Chavaunne Thorpe, PhD
Membership Committee

Lauren Barber, BA
Membership Committee

Alexander Christ, MD
Industry Engagement Committee

Karl Lewis, BS
New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Josa Hanzlik, MS
Women’s Leadership Forum

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The Awards and Recognition Committee will evaluate educational funding applications; review awards and select awardees; develop new educational programs to be held in conjunction with other organizations; foster the cross discipline collaborations and communications; support other activities and projects as designated by the ORS Board of Directors.

Current Committee

Alayna Loiselle, PhD, Chair

Don Anderson, PhD

Hannah J Lundberg, PhD

Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD

Liyun Wang, PhD

Rebecca Wachs, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Jola Lewsza


The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Basic Science and Education Committee (BSEC) develops and promotes educational content and programs to support, advance and position the ORS as the leading musculoskeletal research organization.

Current Committee

Martin Stoddart, PhD, Chair

Alexis Dang, MD

Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD

Louis Gerstenfeld, PhD

Gulshan Sharma, PhD

Amarjit Virdi, PhD

Dimitrios Zeugolis, PhD

Warren O Haggard, PhD (Ex-Officio)

Robin Queen, PhD (Ex-Officio)

Vicki Rosen, PhD (Ex-Officio)

Frederick Werner, MME (Ex-Officio)

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Make ORS the premier venue for development and presentation of musculoskeletal clinical research and research methodology.

Current Committee

Kurt P. Spindler, MD, Chair

Roy K. Aaron, MD

Joel J. Gagnier, ND, MSc, PhD

Michelle Ghert, MD, FRCSC

Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD

George F. Muschler, MD

Jennifer Racine

Jessica Rivera, MD

David Wasserstein MD, MSc, MPH(c) FRCSC

Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD

Chunfeng Zhao, MD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Mary Jo Heflin


The Finance Committee shall provide financial oversight for the Society, including budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting and monitoring accountability policies.

Current Committee

Jennifer Westendorf, PhD, Chair

Mathias Bostrom, MD, Past President

Farshid Guilak, PhD, President

Elise Morgan, PhD, 1st year Member-at-Large

Kristy Weber, MD, Secretary

Ex-officio members:

Rick Sumner, PhD, 1st VP

Susan Chubinskaya, PhD, ORS Annual Meeting Chair

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Brenda A Frederick


The Industry Engagement Committee (CAC) will function as a forum for the exchange of information of mutual interest and benefit to the Orthopaedic Research Society membership, its Board of Directors, and the orthopaedic industry.

Current Committee

Michael S Ominsky, PhD, Chair

Sally LiArno, PhD

Michael Lehmicke, MS

Judd Day, PhD

Chris Roche, MS, MBA

Alexander Christ, MD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Jola Lewsza

Current Committee

John Antoniou, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Co-Chair

Theodore Miclau, MD, Co-Chair

Mauro Alini, PhD

Mats Brittberg, MD, PhD

Zigang Ge, MD, PhD

Edward Guo, PhD

David Little, MBBS, FRACS, PhD

Niamh Nowlan, PhD

Michiaki Takagi, MD, PhD

Nico Verdonschot, PhD

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David Hak, MD
Denver Health
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chair Elect
Amy Hoang-Kim, PhD
St. Michael’s Hospital
Orthopaedic Medical Sciences

Alan J. Johnstone, MD
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Orthopaedic Trauma Unit 

Ralph Marcucio, PhD
Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery 

Research & Education Chair
Chelsea Bahney, PhD
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute

Membership Chairs
Cyril Mauffrey, MD
Denver Health Medical Center

Yoshinobu Watanabe, MD
Teikyo University
Orthopaedic Surgery

Chantal Chenu, PhD
Royal Veterinary College

Takahiro Niikura, MD, PhD
Kobe University
Orthopaedic Surgery

Emil Schemitsch, MD
St. Michael’s Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Section Senior Advisory Board
Peter Augat, MD
Institute of Biomechanics Murnau

Mathias P.G. Bostrom, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

Jörg Goldhahn, PhD
ETH Zurich

Allen Goodship, MD

Staff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


The Media Relations and Communications Committee (MRCC) promotes the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) as the pre-eminent leader of musculoskeletal research across the globe. It seeks to advance basic, translational and clinical orthopaedic research within and outside of the ORS.

Current Committee

Vaida Glatt, PhD, Chair

Erin Hsu, PhD

Serkan Inceoglu, PhD

Nikolaos Paschos

Vincent Wang, PhD

Kartik Varadarajan, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Amber Blake


The Membership Committee is to recruit new members, to retain current members, to initiate and facilitate communication between ORS and members, and to develop membership benefits.

Hubert Kim, MD, PhD, Chair

Larry Bonassar, PhD, (Ex-Officio)

Chris Hernandez, PhD

Audrey McAlinden, PhD

Chavaunne Thorpe, PhD (Ad-hoc Associate Member)

Lauren Barber, (Ad-hoc Associate Member)

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


To advance meniscus research and related sciences so as to improve care through basic, translational and clinical research. This group serves to highlight the significant interest on the meniscus by providing meeting and online venues for presentation and discussion of the latest research on the meniscus.

Website: http://www.ors.org/meniscus


Tammy Haut Donahue, PhD, Chair

Tammy Haut Donahue, PhD, Chair

Adetola Adesida, PhD, Member-at-Large

Lutz Dürselen, PhD

Martin Englund, MD, PhD, Member-at-Large

Trent Guess, PhD, Communication Chair

Matthew Koff, PhD, Membership Chair

Marc Levenston, PhD, Chair Elect

Suzanne Maher, PhD, Treasurer

Amy McNulty, PhD, Secretary

Vicki Rosen, PhD, Membership Chair

icon_emailSection Staff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


To encourage and foster the development of the new musculoskeletal investigators.

Current Committee

X Lucas Lu, PhD, Chair

Roger Cornwall, PhD

Hicham Drissi,

Karl Lewis, BS

Devina Purmessur, PhD

Karen Troy, PhD

Chunfeng Zhao, MD

Ad-Hoc Members

Tamara Alliston, PhD

Mitch Schaffler, PhD

James C Iatridis, PhD

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Solicit nominations from the membership and select final nominees for elected positions of the ORS: 2nd Vice President, Secretary-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, and Member at Large. Ensure that the nominations represent the professional, geographical and demographic diversification of the ORS membership and that the nominees bring relevant expertise to the nominated position.

Current Committee

Mathias Bostrom, MD, Chair

Magali Cucchiarini, PhD

Richard Debski, PhD

Henning Madry, MD

Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD

Edward Schwarz, PhD

Johanna Temenoff, PhD

Andre van Wijnen, PhD

Joseph Wallace, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Matt Zuleg


The ORS is the most important research platform to bring together experts from various disciplines to foster the multidisciplinary interaction which is required to improve the quality of the implants, ensure that new implants are adequately tested at the pre-clinical stage, that implants are introduced carefully to the orthopaedic market and that the clinical outcome is appropriately registered.

Website: http://www.ors.org/ors-orthopaedic-implants-section 


Dennis Janssen, PhD, Research & Education Chair

Kenneth Mann, PhD, Chair Elect

Heidi-Lynn Ploeg, PhD, Member-at-Large

Chris Roche, MSE, MBA, Member-at-Large

Harry van Lenthe, PhD, Treasurer

Nico Verdonschot, PhD, Chair

Peter Walker, PhD, Member-at-Large

Janie Wilson, PhD, Membership Chair

Markus Wimmer, PhD, Secretary

Staff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


To promote education, collaboration, development, refinement, and critical evaluation of preclinical models of orthopedic disease and injury and to provide resources accessible to ORS members conducting animal studies.

Current Officers

Kurt Hankenson, DVM, PhD, Section Chair

Matthew, Allen Vet MB, PhD

Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD

Dianne Little, PhD, DVM

Stephan Zeiter, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM, Chair Elect

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Ensure that the latest, most innovative and novel musculoskeletal research is being presented at the annual meeting.

Current Committee

J Mark Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Marjolein C van der Meulen, PhD

Peter Van Der Kraan, PhD

Johnny Huard, PhD

Paul Beaule

Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Matt Zuleg


The Publications Advisory Board shall oversee the operations of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR), assist the co-editors in matters related to editorial policies, and advise the Orthopaedic Research Society Board of Directors concerning the operations of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. JOR Mission Statement: The Journal of Orthopaedic Research is the forum for the rapid publication of high quality reports of new information on the full spectrum of orthopaedic research including life sciences, engineering, translational and clinical studies.

Current Committee

Robert Sah, MD, ScD Chair

Qian Chen, PhD

James Iatridis, PhD

Kenneth Mann, PhD

Martha Murray, MD

Doug Robertson, MD, PhD

Eddie Schwarz, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Amber Blake, ORS Communications Manager


To advance spine research and related sciences so as to improve patient care through basic, translational, and clinical research.

Website: http://www.ors.org/spinesection 

Current Officers

James Iatridis, PhD, Chair

Judith Hoyland, PhD, Chair Elect

Christine Le Maitre, PhD, Secretary

Jeff Lotz, PhD, Treasurer

Mak Risbud, PhD, Research Chair

Daisuke Sakai,MD, PhD, Membership Chair

Devina Purmessur, PhD, Membership Chair

Nam Vo, PhD, Education Chair

icon_emailSection Staff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


The Strategic Initiatives Committee will create and enhance value and revenue streams via new initiatives for the Society.

Current Committee

Ken Kozloff, PhD, Chair

Jaimo Ahn, MD

George Dodge, PhD

Kurt Hankenson, DVM, PhD

Elizabeth Loboa, PhD

Deepak Vashishth, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Brenda A Frederick


The group will promote and provide an interactive forum for education, collaboration, professional development, and strengthen scientific exchange in the ORS membership and tendon research community.

Website: http://www.ors.org/tendon-section


Peter C. Amadio, MD, Chair

Paul Ackermann, MD, PhD, Member-at-Large

Nelly Andarawis-Puri, PhD, Membership Chair

Kathe Derwin, PhD, Secretary

Evan Flatow, MD, Member-at-Large

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD, Research Chair

Ronen Schweitzer, PhD, Education Chair

Lou Soslowsky, PhD, Member-at-Large

Steve Thomopoulos, PhD, Chair Elect

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Bailey McMurray

Topic Chairs are a sub-committee reporting to the Program Committee

  • ORS Topic Chairs select members to review abstracts for the Annual Meeting.
  • Review top scored abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting to create podium and spotlight sessions and NIRA presentations.
  • Provide recommendations for spotlight speakers.
  • Serve on the NIRA review committee during the Annual Meeting and assist in selecting the NIRA recipients.


Osteoarthritis/Other Forms of Arthroplasty
Co-Chairs: Karen King, PhD and Stephen B. Trippel, MD

Chair: Daniel Kelly, PhD

Cartilage, Synovium & Osteoarthritis
Co-Chairs: Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD, Karen Lyons, PhD

Chair: Lutz Dürselen, PhD

Co-Chairs: Braden Fleming, PhD, Hani Awad, PhD

Chair: Christopher Mendias, PhD

Bone/ Bone Biology
Co-Chairs: Glen Niebur, PhD and Amarjit Virdi, PhD

Bone Fracture
Chair: Zijun Zhang, PhD


Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Co-Chairs: John DesJardins, PhD and Moussa Hamadouche, MD, PhD

Chair: Lisa Larkin, PhD

Chair: Andrew Anderson, PhD

Shoulder and Elbow
Chair: Brian Freeley, MD

Co-Chairs: Fackson Mwale, PhD, Stephen Ferguson, PhD, Rita Kandel, MD

Chair: C Benjamin Ma, MD

Hand, Wrist and Elbow
Chair: Aaron Daluiski, MD

Foot and Ankle
Chair: Samuel B Adams, MD

Chair: Roger Cornwall, MD

Infection and Inflammation
Chair: Weiping Ren, MD, PhD

Chair: Michael Gardner, MD

Cancer, Tumors
Chair: Michelle Ghert, MD

Diagnostic Imaging
Chair: Xiaojuan Li, PhD


The WLF will mentor, foster, encourage and inspire women in orthopaedic research at all stages of their career, and advise and support women on career and leadership opportunities in orthopaedic-related organizations.

Current Committee

Robin M Queen, PhD, Chair

Susan V Bukata, MD, Co-Chair

Mary Goldring, PhD

Magali Cucchiarini, PhD

Josa Hanzlik, MS

Deana Mercer, MD

Nancy Pleshko PhD

Sophie Verrier, PhD

Jennifer Woodell-May, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Jola Lewsza