On-Site Media

Welcome to the 2019 AAOS Annual Meeting

The 2019 AAOS Annual Meeting media program offers the latest information on orthopaedic treatments, advancements and research breakthroughs.

The Annual Meeting is a private meeting and the granting of media/press credentials is at the sole discretion of the AAOS. Press badges are available only to media who are working for and representing a recognized news organization, and who can show evidence that their attendance will result in coverage of orthopaedic news in print, broadcast or online media.

Registered reporters may pick up their press badge in the Press Office, Level 3, Toscana Room 3609 at the Venetian/Sands Expo.

Amenities for registered on-site reporters:

  • Press Office (Level 3, Toscana Room 3609) access during business hours:
    Tues., March 12 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Wed., March 13 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Thurs., March 14 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Fri., March 15 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Sat., March 16 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Media Interview Room (Level 3, Toscana Room 3602-3603) access for one-on-one interviews through our room scheduler.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Press Office.
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15.
  • Access to abstracts, full papers, interview requests, etc., searchable by your story’s specific area of focus. Submit your request(s) to staff in-person or via email.
    Required: acknowledgement to honor the meeting-wide embargo.
  • Three media roundtables (Level 3, Toscana Room 3602-3603); Sign-up below to reserve a spot for the discussions:
    Date and Time Description
    Wed., March 13
    10:00 – 10:30 AM PT
    Hospital Consolidation: Impact on Choice & Competition
    Health care mergers and acquisitions are on the rise. According to recent data from Kaufman Hall, there were 13 percent more mergers in 2017 than in the previous year, and PricewaterhouseCoopers found that there were 255 deals in Q2 of 2018. As markets become more concentrated, what impact does it have on quality of care and rapidly increasing health care costs? What steps are needed to preserve hospital competition and to protect patient choice?

    Guest Speakers:

    Wilford K. Gibson, MD, Partner and Secretary/Treasurer of the Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists; Chair, AAOS Council on Advocacy
    Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, the Joseph and Marie Field Professor of Spinal Surgery, the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, and Co-Chief of Spinal Surgery for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and The Rothman Institute
    Wed., March 13
    10:30 – 11:30 AM PT
    Registries Past, Present and Future: Lessons Learned from Big Data on Global Orthopaedic Care Trends
    Orthopaedic registries aim to improve care through the collection, analysis, and reporting on actionable data. As the AAOS continues to grow its family of registries, how do the preliminary findings from a relatively young American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) compare to other more mature national registries? How has big data to date helped identify surgeon practice of total hip arthroplasty patterns and outcomes across the globe?

    Guest Speakers:

    Nathanael D. Heckmann, MD, Adult Reconstruction Fellow, Rush University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Bryan D. Springer, MD, Fellowship Director, OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center; Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Atrium Musculoskeletal Institute
    Thurs., March 14
    10:00 – 11:00 AM PT
    Stem Cells: Balancing Innovation & Patient Safety
    According to an October 2018 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, clinics offering stem cell treatments—while unproven—are profitable. As more and more clinics publicly advertise sweeping medical claims that they can help patients “grow” new joints, what is the role of orthopaedic surgeons, allied health and industry in setting the record straight? How are orthopaedists and their counterparts leading stem cell innovation while making patient safety a priority?

    Guest Speakers:

    Philipp Leucht, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Cell Biology, NYU Langone Health
    Robert C. Spiro, PhD, Vice President, Aesculap Biologics; Biologics Representative, Orthopedic Surgical Manufacturers Association


Annual Meeting at-a-glance:

  • Browse Final Program
  • Review Educational Formats
  • Exhibit Hall hours:
    Wed., March 13 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Thurs., March 14 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Fri., March 15 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • View the Annual Meeting Programs and Final Instructional Course Schedule
  • On a smartphone? Access Annual Meeting schedules, symposiums, handouts and other important information on the My Academy mobile app
    *Registered media can obtain an access code from AAOS PR staff
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