The best science is team science. And for an orthopaedic surgeon such as me, there is no better place to meet new collaborators than at ORS meetings. To give just one example, I met Greg Jay at an ORS meeting about two decades ago; we have subsequently collaborated on four funded R01 grants. I have been faithfully attending ORS meetings for my entire career, and JOR is the go-to journal for my best scientific work.
Because I have received so much from ORS, I have been anxious to give back as well, serving on the Board, committees, and section leadership. I have also had leadership experience in other professional societies and at Mayo Clinic, where I am Dean for Research Academic Affairs, Workforce, and Technology. I am a strong advocate of servant leadership, and I am passionate about improving diversity and inclusion at every level and addressing implicit bias not only in my own decision making, but also in that of those for whom I am responsible, which at Mayo includes all research faculty and research trainees. I believe that these experiences have prepared me for service to ORS as your President.
My goals are to enhance clinician participation in ORS, expand ORS outreach to encourage careers in STEM fields, especially for young women and for children from underrepresented minorities, and reinforce the welcoming culture within ORS at all levels.