SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 17, 2017) – Vermont orthopaedic surgeon David A. Halsey, MD, became first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors today at the organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting. The new role is the second in a three-year term of volunteer service that concludes with Dr. Halsey serving as president of the Academy in 2018-19.
Dr. Halsey is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. and staff orthopaedic surgeon on Martha’s Vineyard working full-time at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Prior to joining the full-time academic faculty, he was in a small private practice for 18 years in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Dr. Halsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., and his medical degree from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Halsey has served in dozens of leadership roles across 15 different Academy councils and committees over his 20 years of volunteering for the AAOS including two terms on the AAOS Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Specialty Societies, chair of the Board of Councilors, chair of the Council on Advocacy and as a board member of the Association Orthopaedic PAC. He also had the privilege of serving as an officer in the presidential line of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), a member of the executive committee of the Vermont Orthopaedic Society as well as the Vermont Medical Society’s Board of Councilors.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to serve the Academy in this leadership capacity,” said Dr. Halsey. “I am grateful for this opportunity, and will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and for our patients to ensure the highest quality of orthopaedic care.”
Additionally, he has served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as both a specialty society member of the American Medical Association’s Relative Update Value committee, a multi-disciplinary group of medical specialty societies who offer assistance in helping to determine reimbursement values to CMS and the Commission on Ambulatory Payment Classification.
As a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication, Dr. Halsey has a passion for education in the area of physician-patient communications. He and his wife, Katie, have two adult children, Stephen and Kirsten.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.