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Based on the current state of the COVID pandemic, we made the hard decision to change format and host a combined Annual Meeting and Business & Leadership Symposium November 4-6 at UPenn in Philadelphia. In making this decision, we consulted with trusted advisors, including AOC leadership and all the Distinguished Lecturers and Keynote Speakers for both meetings. Throughout our conversations, the best interests of the AOC membership remained paramount. Thank you for your continued support.

If you had registered for the Austin, TX Annual Meeting:

  • We will transfer your registration credits to the combined meeting at UPenn.
  • We will offer full refunds if you are unable to attend the November meeting.
  • We will work with those who have made travel arrangements and need assistance.

2021 Annual AOC
Business & Leadership Symposium

for Orthopaedic Clinical and Administrative Teams (In-Person)

Thursday, Nov. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

Bring your Clinical & Administrative Leadership Teams to our top-rated AOC Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic
Chairs, Vice Chairs, Division Chiefs, Faculty Leaders, Fellows, Residents, and Administrators. This meeting promises high-level
engagement and is attended by Presidents and Past Presidents of the major orthopaedic associations.
100% of the attendees at our last meeting rated the Symposium either an A or an A-.

Practicing Surgeons: $300
Orthopaedic Administrators: $585
AOC Distinguished Lecturers, AOC Officers, Fellows, and Residents: FREE!

Must be a member to attend. Join now, it’s free!


Please visit the link below to view the event brochure and agenda. 

Hosted By

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Scott Levin, MD

Paul Magnusson Professor & Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Speakers

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James R. Ficke, MD

Robert A. Robinson Professor & Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Orthopaedist-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Kristy Weber, MD

President, AAOS - 2019; Vice-Chair, Faculty Affairs, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPenn; Abramson Family Professor in Sarcoma Care Excellence

Distinguished Presenters

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Cynthia L. Emory, MD, MBA

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Associate Chief Medical Officer - Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health
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Mark W. Pagnano, MD

Professor & Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic
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Michael L. Parks, MD

Clinical Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Vice Chair for Quality, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery; Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
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Neil Ravitz, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer, UPENN; Senior Vice President, AOC
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Theresa Wyrick, MD

Vice Chair, University of Arkansas; Co-Chair, AOC Women’s Leadership Forum
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Lisa Lattanza, MD

Chair & Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University


Preferred hotels & rates are listed below.

Distance to Quorum – Hotel – Rate – reserve by date:
0.3 miles – The Inn at Penn, Hilton – $229 – reserve by 10/14

0.8 miles – Homewood Suites University City – $199 (complimentary breakfast and shuttle through University City) reserve by 10/13/21

Group code: AOC

1.7 miles – Kimpton Palomar – $189 (complimentary evening wine hour) – reserve by 10/3/21

Guests can begin making reservations by using the custom booking link below, or by calling our Central Reservations department at 1-800-KIMPTON and identifying themselves as part of the Business & Leadership Symposium at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, or by using Group Code: R52.

As a reminder, reservations need to be booked by Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.

1.8 miles – Le Meridien – $179 – reserve by 10/4/21

Here’s your reservation link your guests can use to make reservations:

Book your group rate for Academic Orthopedic Consortium- Business and Leadership Symposium

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

1.6 miles – The Logan – $179 (10% off spa services for all event guests) – reserve by 10/4/21

Here is the booking link for the Groups360: Business & Leadership Syposium – AOC Room Block.

Use Edit Stay to modify arrival & departure dates if needed.
Simply copy and paste the entire URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

To Reserve by Phone:

Call 215-963-1500, follow the prompts to make a new reservation.

Once connected with an agent, you must provide the group code GAOCA

This link and group code is only valid for the contract dates, and will expire when the block is full and/or on your cut-off date: 10/4/2021

If a guest has wheelchair/hearing accessible (ADA) room requirements, please let us know.

1.8 miles – Warwick Rittenhouse Square – $209 – reserve by 10/4/21

Event Location

Quorum at the University City Science Center
3675 Market Street
1st and 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Get Directions

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What Our Attendees are Saying:

“This should be part of a mandatory curriculum for every person in the top 5 leadership positions in every Academic Orthopedic Department or PM&R Academic Department in the nation. The vision of the most accomplished and visionary leaders in Academic Orthopedic practices was remarkable. It is really a privilege to learn from the best of the best. Outstanding meeting!”

Academic Orthopaedic Chair

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“Congratulations on a fabulous meeting.  You run a very professional, impressive, and collaborative event.  One of the things that impressed me so much is the culture that you have built, where everyone truly shares their best practices, including little insights and pearls, in such a collegial manner.  It was a pleasure to participate and learn from such a great group!”

Lou Soslowsky, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Bioengineering, Vice Chair for Research
University of Pennsylvania

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“The AOC meeting is the most valuable 2 days of the year. The agenda is always power-packed and well-balanced—a perfect combination of information and inspiration. I learn so much during open discussions with our colleagues on all the topics that challenge us in academics today—clinical, operational, strategic, educational, and leadership.”

Monte Hunter, MD
Professor and Chair
Milton B Satcher Distinguished Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Georgia
Director Augusta University Jaguar Sports Medicine

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“Thanks for organizing and chairing a very unique meeting for me.   It’s rare I get to sit with so many chairs of academic ortho programs. Nevertheless many of their issues, concerns, and problems affect us all. As chief of ortho at one of the Sinai hospitals the entire meeting was of interest to me.”

Edward Yang, M.D.
Chief of Orthopedics Mount Sinai Queens Hospital
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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“I truly enjoyed the meeting and found it extremely valuable.   You can count on me being a regular participant.”

Mark Vrahas, MD, MHCDS
Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in honor of Myles Cohen, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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“The Philadelphia AOC meeting was outstanding and very important topics germane to the academic mission was discussed.  I think all attendees got a great deal of useful and actionable information to take back home.” 

James D. Kang, MD
Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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“The AOC Business and Leadership Symposium provided me critical, practical information that will undoubtedly benefit our Department and our Musculoskeletal Service Line.  Lessons learned from leaders willing to openly share their knowledge and experience will positively impact financial performance as well as faculty wellbeing.  This meeting is a must for those charged with leadership of orthopedic groups within complex academic environments.”

Thomas Hunt, MD
Wilhelmina Barnhart Endowed Chair & Professor
Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

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“I just wanted to take a second to tell you how much I enjoyed my time on Friday and Saturday.  The topics and organization of the weekend were first rate.  Beyond that, having access to the quality of leaders that were present, is truly special for ascending leaders like me.  It says a lot about you, and your program, that you attract the caliber of attendees that you did.  I greatly look forward to the next AOC event.”  

Jack Shilling, MD
Director, Joint Replacement and Reconstruction Program
Cooper University Healthcare

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“I really enjoyed the meeting and it is striking how well organized it was, but more importantly, how you had managed to establish such a collaborative and collegial environment as a microcosm in a field that is sometimes very competitive.  It was great to see everyone sharing important and personal insights on so many critical topics.”  

Farshid Guilak, PhD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research
Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis

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“The UF Faculty that attended were extremely enthusiastic about the future of the organization, the sharing of information among programs this weekend, and what is possible in the future for AOC participant institutions. This was very beneficial for our emerging leaders from UF.”

Andrew Duncan, MBA, MS, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Chief Administrative Officer
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
University of Florida
UF Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute

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