Committees 2018-03-02T21:07:27+00:00


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

Ben Freedman, PhD

Joyce Keyak, PhD

Karin Payne, PhD

Yi-Xian Qin, PhD

Irving Shapiro, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Amber Blake

Learn more about ORS Advocacy Efforts


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.


Rebecca Chung, Northeast

Thomas Kean, PhD, West South Central

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD, Northeast

Dmitriy Sheyn, PhD, Pacific

Dominick Haudenschild, PhD, Pacific

Yutaka Inaba, MD, PhD, Japan

Oran Kennedy, PhD, Ireland

Megan Killian, PhD, Mid Atlantic

Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD, Midwest

Roshni Rainbow, PhD, Ontario, Canada

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


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

Mark Wilkinson, MB ChB, PhD, FRCS (Chair)

Don Anderson, PhD

John Antoniou, MD, PhD

Susan Bukata, MD

Roger Cornwall, MD
Johnny Huard, PhD

Natalie H. Kelly

Ken Kozloff, PhD

Mike Lehmicke, MS

Marjolein C van der Meulen, PhD

Sophie Verrier, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Mary Jo Heflin

Karl Lewis, PhD, Chair
Serving as Associate Member on Board of Directors

Natalie H. Kelly
Annual Meeting Committee

Rebacca Wachs, PhD
Awards and Recognition Committee

Chia-Lung Wu, PhD
Basic Science Education Committee

Jennifer Racine
Clinical Research Committee

Nikolaos Paschos,
Media Relations & Communications Committee

Frank Yaw Takyi-Appiah
Membership Committee

Lauren Barber, BA
Membership Committee

Saeed Khayatzadeh
Industry Engagement Committee

Edward Bonnevie, PhD
New Investigator Mentoring Committee

Deborah Gorth, MD, PhD Student
Women’s Leadership Forum

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Jola Lewsza


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

Don Anderson, PhD, Chair

Joel D. Boerckel, PhD

Alayna Loiselle, PhD

Rebecca Wachs, PhD

Liyun Wang, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Alyson Scolaro


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

Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD

Louis Gerstenfeld, PhD

Tolou Shokuhfar, PhD

Amarjit Virdi, PhD

Chia-Lung Wu

Dimitrios Zeugolis, PhD

Robin Queen, PhD (Ex-Officio)

Vicki Rosen, PhD (Ex-Officio)

Frederick Werner, MME (Ex-Officio)

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Amber Blake


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

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 Committee will assist in the review of ethical issues and questions raised by Officers, Board members, committees, the Editorial Board, sections, members, and staff.

Current Committee:

Mathias Bostrom, MD

Farsh Guilak, PhD

Clare Rimnac, PhD

Henry Donahue, PhD

Staff Liaison: Brenda Frederick


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

Farsh Guilak, PhD

Lynne Jones, PhD

Suzanne Maher, PhD

Rick Sumner, PhD

Mark Wilkinson, MD (ex-officio)

Gloria Matthews, DVM, PhD (ex-officio)

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 Lehmicke, MS, Chair

Judd Day, PhD

Lara Ionescu Silverman, PhD

Saeed Khayatzadeh

Sally LiArno, PhD

Chris Roche, MS, MBA

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

Edward Guo, PhD

David Little, MBBS, FRACS, PhD

Niamh Nowlan, PhD

Michiaki Takagi, MD, PhD

Nico Verdonschot, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Bailey McMurray

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

Riccardo Gottardi, PhD

Erin Hsu, PhD

Serkan Inceoglu, PhD

Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, 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.

Audrey McAlinden, PhD, Chair

Lauren Barber

Virginia Ferguson, PhD

Chris Hernandez, PhD

Hubert Kim, MD, PhD, Past Chair

Frank Yaw Takyi-Appiah

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.



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

Roger Cornwall, MD, Chair

Hicham Drissi, PhD

Karl Lewis, PhD

Karen Troy, PhD

Chunfeng Zhao, MD

X. Sherry Liu, PhD

Kyle D. Allen, PhD

Edward Bonnevie, PhD

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Jola Lewsza


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.



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

icon_emailSection Staff Liaison: Bailey McMurray


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

Current Committee

Marjolein C van der Meulen, PhD, Chair

Johnny Huard, PhD

Hiroshi Kawaguchi, MD, PhD

Deborah Mason, PhD

Paul Beaule, MD

Jeffrey Weiss, PhD

Spencer Szczesny, 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.


Current Officers

Judith Hoyland, PhD, Chair

Nadine Chahine, PhD, Research Chair

Sibylle Grad, PhD, Education Chair

Lisbet Haglund, PhD, Member-at-Large

Christine Le Maitre, PhD, Secretary

Jeff Lotz, PhD, Treasurer

Devina Purmessur, PhD, Membership Chair

Mak Risbud, PhD, Chair Elect

Daisuke Sakai, MD, PhD, Membership Chair

Lachlan Smith, PhD, Member-at-Large

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

Kurt Hankenson, DVM, PhD

Oran Kennedy, PhD

Juan Taboas. PhD

Blaine Christiansen, PhD

Alessandra Carriero, 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.



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-Chair: Magali Cucchiarini, PhD, Karen King, PhD

Chair: Daniel Kelly, PhD

Cartilage, Synovium & Osteoarthritis
Co-Chairs: Karen Lyons, PhD, Henning Madry, MD

Chair: Amy McNulty, PhD

Co-Chairs: Hani Awad, PhD, Scott Rodeo, MD

Chair: Christopher Mendias, PhD

Co-Chairs: Amarjit Virdi, PhD, Alison Gartland, PhD

Diagnostic Imaging
Chair: Yang Xia, PhD

Chair: Bingyun Li, PhD

Regenerative Medicine
Co-Chairs: Catherine K. Kuo, PhD, Jeremy J. Mao, PhD

Trauma & Fractures
Co Chairs: Michael Gardner, MD, Matthew Silva, PhD

Chair: Michelle Ghert, MD


Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Co-Chairs: Moussa Hamadouche, MD, PhD, Mario Lamontagne, PhD

Chair: Lisa Larkin, PhD

Chair: Andrew Anderson, PhD

Shoulder and Elbow
Chair: Brian Feeley, MD

Co-Chairs: Rita Kandel, MD, Stephen Ferguson, PhD, Edward Vresilovic, MD, PhD

Hand and Wrist
Chair: Roger Cornwall, MD

Foot and Ankle
Chair: Jarrett Cain, DPM, MSc, FACFAS


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

Susan V Bukata, MD, Co-Chair

Sophie Verrier, PhD, Co-Chair

Mary Goldring, PhD

Magali Cucchiarini, PhD

Deana Mercer, MD

Nancy Pleshko PhD

Heidi-Lynn Ploeg, PhD

Jennifer Woodell-May, PhD

Deborah Gorth, MD, PhD Student

icon_emailStaff Liaison: Mary Jo Heflin

Learn more about the ORS Women’s Leadership Forum 

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