Dr. Joshua Jacobs, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, will become the 81st president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Thursday, March 21, during the AAOS annual meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Jacobs is a nationally recognized expert on bearing surfaces used in hip and knee implants.
I am honored to become the new president of AAOS," admits Dr. Jacobs, because I was selected by my peers, who are well-respected and influential orthopedic surgeons from throughout the country. As a clinician, educator and researcher, the priorities of the AAOS are well aligned with my own. I am enthusiastic to roll up my sleeves and get started on the important work of our Academy."
A primary issue of focus for Dr. Jacobs and the AAOS Board of Directors will be to work on the reform of healthcare delivery. Our goal will be to make sure that patients are well represented and continue to have access to high quality musculoskeletal healthcare," said Dr. Jacobs. "Working with the talented staff of AAOS, we will develop and implement initiatives that show our commitment to excellence in orthopedics and to the patients we serve."
Dr. Jacobs is a board-certified and practicing adult reconstructive orthopedic surgeon with an expertise in total joint replacement. He has been a leading researcher investigating the impact of metal on metal implants for joint replacement patients and has published many articles on this topic.
He was named the William A. Hark, MD/Susanne G. Swift Professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick Technological Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Jacobs had served as chair of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment and Technology of the AAOS, past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society and past president of the United States Bone and Joint Decade. He also served as a trustee of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and is past chair of Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices of the American Society for Testing and Materials International. Dr. Jacobs recently completed a four-year term on the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council and has chaired multiple National Institute of Health study sections.
In addition to his dedication as a volunteer in the orthopedic education and research community, Dr. Jacobs has won several research awards including the Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award from the AAOS and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, co-edited five books and co-authored more than 35 book chapters. He has presented extensively at a variety of national and international continuing medical education venues.
Dr. Jacobs graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of science in materials science and engineering, earned a doctorate of medicine with honors from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine, and then completed an orthopedic surgery residency in the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Program in Boston, Mass. Subsequently, Dr. Jacobs completed a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago under Dr. Jorge Galante.