President's Message

By Joel D. Stewart, MD
VOS President


Joel Stewart

Joel D. Stewart, MD

VOS President

NPs and PAs

VOS 2009 Annual Meeting

Dear Virginia Orthopaedic Society Members,

We are actively planning the 62nd Annual Meeting, May 1-3, 2009, in Virginia Beach.  We had a slight change in our planning committee due to Dr. Romney Anderson getting an all expenses paid trip to Baghdad for the next several months.  Dr. Robert Gaines and I are working to continue the high standards Doug Boardman, Mark Willis, and Bobby Chhabra set over the past several years.  If you haven’t attended the last few meetings, the format has changed a little.  Keynote speakers will be Charlie Taylor and Michael Mont, along with some other local experts.  This year we are having a Friday evening session on practice management.  We are also planning on some break-out labs for hands-on experience with some of the equipment. Research presentations (podium and poster) round out the meeting.  We need your abstracts.  The VOS website has a link to submit your abstracts. The submission deadline date is December 15, 2008.

VOS will continue its partnership with MSV and other specialty societies to "Protect the Cap" during the 2009 General Assembly session (January 14-February 28, 2009).  The trial lawyers have indicated that they will introduce legislation to raise or alter the current $2 million cap on medical malpractice liability damages.  Physician groups are aggressively advocating maintenance of the current cap to help stablize the malpractice insurance market in Virginia.  Get involved.   Contact VOS lobbyist Cal Whitehead at, donate to the OrthoPAC, and contact your local Delegate and Senator to tell them that the Cap needs to stay. 

If you have input on how to improve your Virginia Orthopeadic Society, let us know!  The Board of Directors is meeting December 13, 2008, so contact us about topics of interest and directions in which you would like us to go to. We are working on improving the E-Newsletter by adding some clinical topics.  If you would like to contribute, contact Andrew Mann at

I look forward to serving the Virginia Orthopaedic Society.  Get the word out to your local colleagues, who may or may not be members. If they are members, encourage them to come to the 2009 Annual Meeting, and if they're not members, let them know about VOS and the benefits of joining.

Joel D. Stewart, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society

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