Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAOS, Named Chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Councilors

LAS VEGAS (March 9, 2023)—Chicago orthopaedic hand surgeon Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAOS, vice head of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), was named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Councilors. He will assume the new position following the AAOS 2023 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this week.

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAOS
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An active AAOS volunteer leader for more than three decades, Dr. Mejia has helped shape orthopaedic surgical education, bringing important musculoskeletal health issues and solutions to AAOS leadership. He is a past-president of the Illinois Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He was president of the American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons from 2018-2021. He also demonstrated his commitment to health equity and increasing diversity amongst surgeons as a former member of the AAOS’ Diversity Advisory Board.

Dr. Mejia is a certified police officer and certified in Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support. He has volunteered since 2000 as a medical director and tactical emergency medical support physician for the South Suburban Emergency Response Team, a Chicago-area SWAT team that provides emergency care at high-risk crime scenes. He has served as the editor of 10 textbooks on emergency medical responses.

A professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Mejia has influenced the careers of hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons. At UIC, he serves as program director of orthopaedic surgery residency. At AAOS, he has served on the Education Council to help refine continuing education curricula to better meet AAOS members’ individual needs.

His credits include more than 120 presentations and journal articles. Overlapping with his earlier roles at UIC, Dr. Mejia also served as a senior attending physician at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He graduated from UIC with a dual degree in medicine and a master’s in public health, followed by an orthopaedic hand surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville. He holds a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology and microbiology from the University of Michigan.


About the AAOS

With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level to best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments, and related musculoskeletal health care issues; and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.

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