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Rick Wright, MD, elected as President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) for 2019-2020
Sports medicine surgeon Rick Wright, MD, has been elected to serve as President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) for the 2019-2020 year. The ABOS is one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and has an enormous impact on the orthopaedic profession. The ABOS was founded in 1933 and exists to serve the best interest of the public and the medical profession by establishing educational standards for orthopaedic residents and by evaluating the initial and continuing qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons throughout their careers.
Dr. Wright is the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and also serves as the Executive Vice Chairman and Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Research Center for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University.
As a sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Wright is widely-known for his role as head team physician for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, and a former team physician for the St. Louis Rams. Additionally, Dr. Wright has conducted extensive research in the field of sports medicine, specifically focusing his research on knee ligament healing and clinical problems involving the shoulder. He is a founding member of MOON (Multi-center Orthopaedic Outcomes Network), a multi-center sports medicine group studying knee ACL injuries and shoulder injuries with a prospective database. He is also member of ROCK (Osteochondritis Dissecans Study Group). He is principal investigator and Washington University is the coordinating center for MARS (Multi-center ACL Revision Study).
Dr. Wright’s future leadership of the ABOS is a remarkable accomplishment and a strong affirmation of his role as a national leader in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Wright currently serves as the 132nd president of the American Orthopaedic Association. Upon his presidential induction for the ABOS, he will be one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in history to serve as a president for two major Orthopaedic organizations within the United States.
Congratulations to Dr. Wright on this extraordinary accomplishment.