The Orthopaedic Research Society values the interest of our members to serve the society in a leadership role and is committed to ensure transparency in the process of our ORS annual election.

The following ORS members were elected by our members to serve on the ORS Board of Directors.

Peter Amadio, MD
ORS 2nd Vice President (Succession to President 2021 – 2022)

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.

Susan Bukata, MD
Member at Large (2019 – 2021)

For 20 years, this society has been the most important orthopedic professional society for me and my career.  One of the greatest aspects of my career as an orthopedic surgeon and researcher has been seeing cutting edge science presented at this meeting and then integrate into patient care. We are at an exciting precipice in orthopedic surgery where biologics and biomaterials are becoming a part of everyday clinical practice, and we need societies like the Orthopedic Research Society to bring together clinicians, engineers, and biologists to address these musculoskeletal health problems. We need to help this society to continue to thrive and grow in an era where many professional societies are struggling.  As a clinician, it is important for me to help keep my fellow clinicians supporting the scientists who are helping to push the envelope in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and to keep a bond between the scientists and the clinicians in everyday practice. Members of the Orthopedic Research Society have been pivotal in helping me shape my career not only in translational research but also in leadership, education, and mentoring. I have learned more about leadership and mentoring from participating in work with this society than anywhere else in my career. I wish to support and help guide the mission of the Society as a member of the Board of Directors as it moves beyond the 2020 mission goals and help this society promote relevant high value collaboration, scientific support, and mentoring for its members.

Natalie Kelly, PhD
Associate Member at Large (2019 – 2021)

I am honored by my nomination to the ORS board as the associate member-at-large. My scientific experience and past service on ORS committees qualifies me to represent the associate members of the ORS. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis. My current research is aimed at understanding murine limb development to uncover new targets for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration. I completed my BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2006, and during that time participated in the cooperative education program at DePuy Orthopaedics. Upon graduation, I worked for four years as a research engineer in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I completed my PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University in 2016. I have been an ORS associate member since 2007, and have attended nine ORS annual meetings. In 2013, I became the associate member of the New Investigator Mentoring Committee and served the society in this capacity until 2016. I then served on the Annual Meeting Committee from 2016 to 2018 and learned first-hand about the incredible amount of work and coordination required for a successful annual meeting. My diverse scientific experience in industry, hospital research, and academia, as well as my experience on ORS committees makes me an ideal candidate for the associate member-at-large to the board. I look forward to representing the associate members of the ORS and improving programming offered by the society for scientists at the beginning of their careers.