Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, and Rick Wright, MD, Serve on Board of Directors for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Washington University Orthopedics Chair Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, and Executive Vice Chair Rick Wright, MD, are committed to advancing the field of Orthopedics, both here in St. Louis at Washington University School of Medicine, and nationally.

Drs. O’Keefe and Wright both serve on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, an organized body that establishes formal education standards for Orthopaedic Surgery residents across the United States.

The ABOS Board originally consisted of nine Directors, which has since expanded to 21. Directors of the ABOS are elected by closed ballot from slates proposed by the AMA Council on Medical Education, the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the Board votes for one candidate from each slate. Dr. Wright serves as a Director, Dr. O’Keefe a Senior Director. It is very rare for two Directors to serve from the same institution, and it is a great honor for Washington University Orthopedics to have such a strong presence.

Dr. O’Keefe is the Chair and Fred C. Reynolds Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, specializing in musculoskeletal oncology and adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee. Learn more




Dr. Wright is the Executive Vice Chair and Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, specializing in sports medicine and total knee replacements. Dr. Wright also serves as the Head Team Physician for the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Learn more



About the ABOS

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at

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