Lessons in Orthopaedic Leadership: An AOA Podcast

The American Orthopaedic Association

Members and affiliates of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) interview guests to highlight lessons in orthopaedic leadership. Interviews include orthopaedic leaders, faculty and leaders within orthopaedic departments at academic institutions and large practices, health care system leaders, rising leaders, and other medical leaders. Thanks to @iampetermartin for his contribution of introduction and conclusion jazz music.

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Laura Forese, MD, MPH, joins the AOA Lessons in Orthopaedic Leadership to discuss what orthopaedic leadership looks like from the C-Suite. Episode Highlights:Personal Leadership Journey: Dr. Forese shares her own road to the C-Suite Building a Team: Having the courage to get it rightThe Best Fit: Advice for those looking at advanced degreesSponsors, Mentors, Support: What helps along the way and how to approach building those relationships. Credibility: What makes a leader truly credibleAbout Dr. Forese: Dr. Forese is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare systems. The only hospital in the country affiliated with two top-ranked medical schools, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is consistently recognized as a top 10 hospital in the nation and the #1 hospital in New York by U.S. News and World Report, as well as a best place to work by Forbes, Fortune, and Glassdoor. Dr. Forese has ultimate operational responsibility for the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise, including 10 hospital campuses, 200 primary and specialty care clinics and medical groups, more than 45,000 employees and affiliated physicians, and more than $9 billion in revenue. Her transparent and reassuring leadership as COO, including providing near daily video reports to the NYP workforce during the COVID-19 emergency, has been an important element of NYP’s efficacy in confronting the pandemic. Under Dr. Forese’s leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian launched an innovative suite of digital health services called NYP OnDemand, implemented groundbreaking employee programs for paid parental leave and respite care, and achieved significant gains in patient satisfaction scores as well as employee engagement and front-line empowerment by focusing on building a culture of respect. As President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, Dr. Forese expanded the organization’s presence in Westchester County, Queens and Brooklyn, bringing high-quality community hospitals into the network, and she established the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups to expand NewYork-Presbyterian’s primary and specialty care throughout the region. Among Dr. Forese’s top priorities and accomplishments is the regionalization and standardization of financial, operational, and clinical practices across the enterprise so that every patient receives the same exceptional standard of care no matter where they go in the NewYork-Presbyterian system. Active in multiple healthcare and civic organizations, Dr. Forese chairs the hospital board of the NIH Clinical Research Hospital in Bethesda, MD; she is also a Trustee of Princeton University, a board member of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and of LiveOnNY, and previously served on the board of a healthcare related public company.  She has been named among the 100 most influential people in healthcare nationally, the top 25 women leaders, and the 50 most influential physician executives each by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. Forese has also been named among the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s Business, and has been honored as Mother of the Year by the American Cancer Society.    An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, and she holds a management degree from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.   She is married to Dr. Robert Downey, a thoracic surgeon and they have 3 adult children.

Oct 29

30 min 13 sec

AOA's 2021 keynote speaker, author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World, and the founder of The Grit Institute, Shannon Huffman Polson  joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  to discuss grit in leadership. Shannon Huffman Polson shares her experience to discuss topics such as:Improving diversity in a male dominated fieldBuilding gritLeading by exampleThe role of mentorship in creating resilienceLimitations of gritLearn more about Shannon Huffman Polson's work here.Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Sep 19

35 min 31 sec

Brandi Hartley, MD FAOA  joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  to discuss away rotations. Dr. Hartley shares her experience as Residency Program Director  for University of Louisville's  to discuss topics such as:Importance of away rotationsVirtual rotation recruitment sessions and Zoom fatigueDecreased applicant numbers and students backing out of externshipsCOPA's recommendations to eliminate away rotationsThe future of away rotationsMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Jun 28

29 min 32 sec

Tamara Scerpella, MD, Christina Morganti, MD, and Andrea Spiker, MD are back to  join AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD for the second part of their discussion on bone health in Sports Medicine and osteoporosis in younger athletes. Drs. Scerpella, Morganti, and Spiker draw on their extensive experiences as athletes and as experts in sports medicine  to  discuss topics including :DEXA scans for younger patientsStress fractures vs. stress reactionsVitamin D supplementation Teriparatide use in younger patientsMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Jun 16

23 min 45 sec

In honor of National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, Tamara Scerpella, MD, Christina Morganti, MD, and Andrea Spiker, MD  join AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  to discuss bone health in Sports Medicine and osteoporosis in younger atheletes. Drs. Scerpella, Morganti, and Spiker draw on their extensive experiences as athletes and as experts in sports medicine  to  discuss topics including :How osteoporosis impacts younger athletes  Educating younger athletes on bone massRisk factors for osteoporosis and identifying cases early onOsteoporosis related injuriesSo much great information was shared that this interview will be shared over two episodes.Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

May 26

23 min 6 sec

Bill Moutzouros, MD FAOA  joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  to discuss the upcoming 2021 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings. Dr. Moutzouros is the  Annual Meeting Chair for the 2021 meeting and provides insights related to the 2021 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings including :Planning processAdvantages and challenges with a virtual formatSymposia topicsNetworking and making connections virtuallyMore information regarding the 2021 Virtual Annual Leadership Meetings can be found here.Thank you to our industry partners:  Biomarin, DePuy Synthes, Zimmer Biomet, Radius Health, Medtronic, PrecisionOS, and Acumed for their generous support of the 2021 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings.Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Apr 23

13 min 48 sec

Joseph Hsu, MD, FAOA (@JosephHsuMD),  Mary Mulcahey , MD, FAOA (@marykmulcaheymd), and Jennifer Weiss, MD,  FAOA (@mymomthesurgeon) join AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  in a discussion on creating a social media presence as orthopaedic surgeons. Drs. Hsu, Mulcahey, and Weiss share their experiences with using social media to discuss topics such as:What to consider when using social media in a profession settingHow the platforms differ and finding the right ones for your messageConnecting with patients on social mediaHow often should you postProtecting patient confidentiality Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Mar 19

52 min 24 sec

Lisa Lattanza, MD, FAOA and Rick Wright, MD,  FAOA join AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD  in an informative discussion on becoming a program Chair. Drs. Lattanza and Wright share their experiences with becoming a Chair to discuss topics such as:Joining a programs as Chair right before the pandemic startedThe journey to becoming a ChairThe benefits of an Executive Coach The process of choosing a programBuilding leadership skillsTransitioning to a new programMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Feb 17

58 min 26 sec

Megan Conti Mica, MD, a skilled hand and upper extremity surgeon and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD to discuss the first few years in practice.  Drawing from her experience, Dr. Conti Mica discusses:The critical first few years of practice: the struggles that they bring and the benefits of mentors during that periodStarting your practice broad and narrowing your focus as your practice grows and you discover what your niche isForming mentor/mentee relationshipsBurnoutHow strategically saying no can open doorsFinding ways to enjoy each stage of the cyclical nature of practice Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Dec 2020

55 min 36 sec

Mark Schultzel, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery at Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD to discuss pursuing an MBA and other forms of leadership training an education. Dr. Schultzel shares his experience with pursuing and MBA while growing a practice to discuss topics such as:Why he chose to pursue an MBADifferences in a MBA program vs. an Executive MBA programFactors to Consider when choosing a programBalancing the time commitment of pursuing further education while building a practiceAOA's APEX Leadership ProgramDifferent avenues an MBA education provides outside of treating patients and balancing those avenuesHow Dr. Schultzel's company, Ethos Mask is helping frontline providers protect themselves while increasing the life of disposable masks and reducing waste from masksMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Nov 2020

31 min 42 sec

Terry R. Light, MD, FAOA has been recognized by his peers as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.  Dr. Light has had an impressive and meaningful career that includes mentoring orthopaedic surgery faculty and trainees over the last 43 years.Dr. Light joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD to discuss topics related to leadership in orthopaedics such as:Vision vs. missionDifferent kinds of leadershipLeading during periods of changeManaging vs. leadingReaching out to encourage future leadersMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Oct 2020

41 min 20 sec

Cassandra A. Lee, MD, FAOA, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Residency Program Director, and Chief of Sports Medicine at the University of California Davis, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD continue their discussion on how programs are planning to support residency applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drs. Lee and Aleem share their experiences with the virtual process and discuss topics such as:Concept of additional applications questions/ essays for applicantsWays for applicants (and programs) to stand outThe interview processHolistic Review Process for applicationsPrioritizing diversity Music:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Sep 2020

28 min 1 sec

Cassandra A. Lee, MD, FAOA, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Residency Program Director, and Chief of Sports Medicine at the University of California Davis, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD to discuss how programs are planning to support residency applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drs. Lee and Aleem share their experiences with the virtual process and discuss topics such as:The advantages and limitations of virtual recruitmentSocial media's role in the processThe use of virtual rotations after the COVID-19 eraHow the virtual process allows for more accessibility for applicants and how that impacts the programThe virtual process' timeline and its impact on department staff and facultyStructural changes that can ensure a successful virtual processMusic:Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Sep 2020

25 min 16 sec

Gabriella Ode, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery at Prisma Health, continues the conversation with AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD for a frank conversation on diversity and inclusion.    Drawing from her career in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, Dr. Ode discusses:·        The measures that are being taken to increase diversity and inclusion in orthopaedics·        AOA's initiatives to bring issues to a national level·        COVID-19's impact on recruitment and how that impacts diversity in residency programs·        Dr. Ode shares her advice to her younger self and gives her thoughts on how others can help create changeMusic: Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Aug 2020

20 min 51 sec

Gabriella Ode, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery at Prisma Health, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD for a frank conversation on diversity.  Drawing from her career in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, Dr. Ode discusses:The impact of early exposure to orthopaedics on underrepresented populations in orthopaedicsRoles of mentors and advocatesFighting back about the misconceptions about diversityMoving beyond tokenismDiversity and recruitmentMusic: Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Aug 2020

24 min 37 sec

Rear Admiral Bruce L. Gillingham, MD, FAOA, Surgeon General of the US Navy, Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and an orthopaedic surgeon, joins AOA hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA, and Alexander Aleem, MD for a vibrant discussion on leadership.Drawing from a rich career in medicine as a leader with the US Navy, Rear Admiral Gillingham discusses:Book recommendations for developing leadersThe interview questions to ask to learn deeply about your candidateKey lessons on teams from operational successes in Iraq that the civilian surgeon can learn fromAdvice for orthopaedic surgeons looking to become leaders within their organizationsHis personal leadership journeyCOVID-19 and the NavyHigh Reliability On June 10, 2020, Rear Admiral Gillingham delivered the Howard H. Steel Lecture at the 2020 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings Opening Ceremony. To view this thought-provoking presentation, register for the Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meeting here. Registrants can access the recording here.PODCAST NOTES: Rear Admiral's Book Recommendations:Good to Great by Jim CollinsManaging the Unexpected by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen SutcliffeFirst Break All the Rules by Marcus BuckinghamTo view View Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham's full bio, click here. Music: Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

Jul 2020

33 min 47 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, talk with Lee Leddy, MD, FAOA.In this episode, Dr. Leddy provides insights on The American Orthopaedic Association's Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) program, including a discussion of the success of the Spring CORD Conference (a virtual conference with 250+ attendees). Additionally, Dr. Leddy shares highlights from the upcoming 2020 Virtual Summer CORD Conference on June 12-13. Dr. Leddy is serving as Program Chair for this event, which addresses the subject area of "How Good is Your Program and What Does the Data Show?" One particularly interesting highlight is the Michael A. Simon CORD Lecturer, David Burham, a retired Navy fighter pilot. Register or learn more about the CORD Conference agenda at www.aoassn.org. Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. 

May 2020

6 min 33 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, talk with Daniel B. Murrey, MD, MPP, FAOA, Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Care Affiliates and President, Optum Specialty Practices about his symposium for the Virtual AOA Annual Meeting, Can We Align Conflicting Agendas: Medical Education and Value-Based Care. With the focus on performance-based contracts by Medicare, Medicaid, and other payors, value-based care is taking hold at varying rates across the United States. The training of residents and fellows is often in direct conflict with this direction. The expert panel addresses questions regarding balancing the conflicting agendas of medical education of residents and fellows and the move toward value-based care. Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. www.aoassn.org

May 2020

9 min 14 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, talk with Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, regarding the Summer CORD Conference at the Virtual 2020 Annual Leadership Meetings of The American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Van Heest shares insights on the AOA's Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) Program, and its collaboration with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) to standardize knowledge testing during residency as we move toward competency-based education. The symposium will provide a discussion of how to improve assessment during residency in order to have a consistent language across programs: medical knowledge patient-care skillsprofessional behaviorThe Virtual 2020 Summer CORD Conference will take place June 12-13, 2020. More information: www.aoassn.orgSpecial thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion.

May 2020

5 min 55 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, interview William Obremskey, MD, FAOA. Dr. Obremsky is the moderator for the 2020 AOA Annual Meeting, Symposium: How to Assess Quality in an Expanding Healthcare System. Within growing health care systems and the focus on value, Dr. Obremsky and his panel of experts, will be leading an overview of five quality measures. This interview features key insights about the topic, an introduction to the expert panel, and key lessons.  Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion.www.aoassn.org

May 2020

7 min 45 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, interview Jonathan Braman, MD, FAOA.Dr. Braman is the moderator of the 2020 AOA Annual Meeting, Symposium: Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Women & Minorities in Orthopaedics. In this episode, he shares key challenges of recruiting and retaining women and under-represented minorities in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Braman also shares why it's important, how he developed his interest in this topic (hint: social media connections), and an introduction to his panel. Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion. www.aoassn.org

Apr 2020

9 min 53 sec

Hosts Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, FAOA and Emerging Leader, Alexander W. Aleem, MD, interview Rex Haydon, MD, FAOA, Chair of the 2020 Annual Meeting of The American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Haydon shares insights on the meeting, the program, and special guests. Key takeaways include a discussion on how the AOA Annual Meeting provides leadership development and GME education, which differs from the clinical aspects of other orthopaedic meetings. Surgeons across the career spectrum benefit from these lectures and discussion, as well as the critical issues symposia. Early career surgeons, in particular, will gain insights into meeting components to increase leadership development and networking. Special thanks to Peter Martin of Peter Martin Music, Inc (@iampetermartin) for the jazz introduction and conclusion.www.aoassn.org

Apr 2020

10 min 52 sec