Committee Spotlight

Government Affairs Committee

The purpose of the AOAO Government Affairs Committee is to evaluate governmental policies pertaining to the practice of orthopedic surgery, work with the AOA to advocate for political and educational equity for Osteopathic orthopedists, review position statements and provide information to the AOAO members on governmental and regulatory issues affecting the practice of orthopedic surgery.  The Committee meets twice annually with the Government Affairs Committee of the ACOS and as directed by the AOAO President.

Chair, James Castle, DO                                                                                               
Danny Nicholls, DO, FAOAO                                                                     
Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO   

For up to date information on legislation that affects the orthopedic profession, visit the online Legislative Update section at

Thank You Committee Volunteers                                             

Committees are a vital part of the Academy. The AOAO Board of Directors would like to thank all of the committee chairs and members for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Academy.

Committee chairs and members are appointed by the AOAO President, just after his or her inauguration in October. If you are interested in serving on a committee in 2014-2015, complete the Volunteer to Serve form at Member log in is required.

For a list of other volunteer opportunities, go to

AOAO Staff Updates

Graduate Medical Education/Residency Training

Crystal Cruey has been AOAO’s Association Administrator for the past three years. She also has been the primary contact for residents and Program Directors regarding the AOAO Case Log System. As of February 10, 2014, Crystal will also be working with the Evaluating Committee on resident and Program Director reporting.

Exhibits Management

Effective February 19, 2014, Dana Gibson is the new Director of Corporate and Educational Support for the AOAO. Dana was most recently the Executive Director of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. Her years of association management experience bring understanding and skill to her new role in exhibits and sponsorship. If you know an industry rep who may be interested in exhibiting at any of our conferences, please direct them to Dana at or to our web page at

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