Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society

Dear Members of our Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society,

Welcome to the 2022-23 Philly Ortho Society Program, our 109th year!

I would like to sincerely thank Alex Vaccaro, MD, and our Board members for their hard work and leadership last year.  Under Alex’s leadership and Program Chair Surena Namdari, MD, the team did an exceptional job putting together an engaging and thought provoking virtual lecture series in 2021-22. The year culminated with the Annual Resident Bowl, our first in person meeting in two years. The Society also sponsored the second annual Eleanor A. Slanga Resident Research Award. The unwavering perseverance and dedication by the Board and the membership have enabled our Society to continue to grow each year. Thank you all!

I am excited to kick off the new academic year this fall with an outstanding program. Most notably, we are able to return to in person meetings! Our program chair, Katie Fedorka, MD has done a fantastic job lining up prominent speakers and panelists covering a wide range of topics that will be of interest to all members. The meeting schedule and Katie’s report are included on page two. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us. This year, members will have the option to attend in person or via Zoom, as we want to make the lecture series accessible to as many members and residents as possible.

New this year, we will have prominent Orthopaedic subspecialists available each month to chat with interested residents prior to the start of the lecture. We hope this will provide local residents the opportunity to discuss their potential fellowship career paths (spine, hand, sports, etc.) with local leaders in the field.  We will highlight a specific subspecialty each month and provide a list of available mentors in the upcoming newsletter. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the unique opportunity for one-on-one conversation with specialists and fellowship directors from other programs around the region.

We also excited to announce the new venue for the upcoming year. We have moved to The Teller Ballroom at Rodeph Shalom Synagogue at 615 North Broad Street.  We are looking forward to the benefits offered at this new location. The venue is close to I-95, the Schuylkill Expressway, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. There is ample free parking and our caterer, Chef’s Table, will provide a variety of delicious options each evening.

Members are encouraged to share good news, special interests and worthy community service information in the newsletter.  If you have anything you would like to have spotlighted in the newsletter, please send it along to Teri Wiseley: Please include photos if you can!

As we prepare for the coming year, I ask every member to help keep Philly Ortho relevant and growing. Please plan to attend meetings, bring colleagues with you, and sponsor new members. Thank you all for continuing to make the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society a great source for education and collegiality.

Most sincerely,


Joshua M. Pahys, MD

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