Rosemont, IL – The USBJD/I congratulates Dr. Joshua Jacobs on his election February 17 as Second Vice President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a key supporter of the USBJD over the years. Dr. Jacobs will lead the Academy as President in 2013. We are enormously grateful to Dr. Jacobs for his leadership of the USBJD these past two years. Highlights of Dr. Jacobs’ term as USBJD/I President include:
- the Global Network Conference that took place October 2009;
- leadership of the strategic planning process that led to the decision to continue the Decade, and under the new name United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI);
- development of a roadmap for the primary areas of focus of the organization for the coming years.
Dr. Jacobs’ superb leadership during meetings, and ensuring representation and input from all constituents are hallmarks of his abilities. We wish him every success as he helps shape AAOS over the next three years.
Because of his election Dr. Jacobs has had to step down from his position as President of the USBJD/I and as a member of the Board. President-Elect Dr. Kimberly Templeton has stepped up to become President.
Dr. Templeton was elected President-Elect of the USBJD at the June 2010 Board Meeting. She served as treasurer of the USBJD from 2005 to 2010 and as chair of the USBJD Public Education Committee since 2004, making an enormous contribution to the Decade’s public outreach programs, notably with Fit to a T, personally leading numerous sessions and guiding the overall program.
Currently, Dr. Templeton is an orthopaedic oncologist and directs the orthopaedic surgery residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. In 2002, Dr. Templeton was appointed associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and health policy management and was promoted to professor in both departments in 2010. She was the first McCann chair for Women in Medicine and Science and has served as president of the Kansas Orthopaedic Society and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.
Dr. Templeton will focus her presidency on three objectives:
- fostering a strong working relationship among the participating organizations so the USBJD/I doesnt lose its momentum as we move "beyond the decade";
- increasing the participation of the primary care physician community in musculoskeletal health issues;
- raising awareness of racial and ethnic disparities as well as sex and gender differences in musculoskeletal health.
"Although a lot has been accomplished, we haven’t nearly accomplished everything we need to do to address the issues," said Dr. Templeton. "We need to keep the participating organizations engaged with the USBJI. We have much more impact working together. My goal is to keep everyone involved and working on all of these important goals."
The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade/Initiative (USBJD/I) which is part of the global Bone and Joint Decade, is an initiative to raise awareness of musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people’s quality of life. For more information on the USBJD/I, please visit www.usbji.org.
Contact: Toby King