President's Message

By A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society


A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
VOS President

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Dear Virginia Orthopaedic Society Members,

I am honored to serve our society this year as President, although I must admit, I have a tough act to follow.  Thank you, Dr. Boardman, for an exceptional job this past year. I will try hard not to bother you, but VOS will still need your guidance.

Our 63rd Annual Meeting in Charlottesville was a smashing success. It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We broke attendance records and the educational curriculum designed by Drs. Jonathan Isaacs and Quanjun Cui was one of the best we have ever experienced. Thanks to all vendors who supported the meeting and we look forward to our continued collaboration next year.   

This year will bring many challenges. Healthcare reform, Medicare cuts, a threat to our medical malpractice cap, and worker’s compensation reimbursement are a few items that have grabbed recent headlines. The VOS Executive Board will continue to work diligently with our advisors for the best interest of our patients and all orthopaedic surgeons in the state. Cal Whitehead, our lobbyist in Richmond, continues to provide an invaluable service. He works tirelessly helping us navigate these issues. We cannot thank him enough for his dedication to our society.

Membership in the VOS is on the rise and it is important that we have a united voice during this tumultuous time. Our membership committee, led by President-Elect Derek Ochiai, is working toward reaching a goal of 450 members before our next annual meeting. Many orthopaedic surgeons are unaware of the tremendous benefits VOS provides for its members.  Without more involvement, we will not be able to adequately fight against many of the healthcare reform issues that will negatively impact our ability to provide care. I urge our membership to reach out to our colleagues who are not members of VOS and get them involved.  Let them know we need their help, particularly during this defining time for healthcare in our history.  Tell them about the great keynote speakers at the annual meeting, the update on Maintenance of Certification and the informative lecture from Secretary Bill Hazel during a lively reception.  With your help, I am confident that we will easily surpass our goal.

I have selected two talented educators, Dr. Mark Romness from the University of Virginia, and Dr. Greg Domson from Virginia Commonwealth University, as program chairmen for our upcoming 64th Annual Meeting at The Homestead Resort, April 29 - May 1, 2011. They have already created an impressive preliminary agenda. Our keynote speakers include sports specialist, Dr. Darren Johnson from the University of Kentucky and Dr. Thomas Sculco, Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary for Health and Human Resources, has agreed to return for an encore performance and will be updating us on major healthcare reform issues. I urge you to mark your calendar and spread the word. We have been able to negotiate some great bargains at The Homestead and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this wonderful resort.

One important issue that I would like to remind our members of is that we would not be able to function as a society without contributions to OrthoPac. As you already know, this has the potential to be a very challenging year for healthcare providers. Without a substantial increase in contributions we will not be able to fund our lobbying initiatives necessary to protect our patients and our fellow surgeons. We will not have a voice in the changes that may come our way.  Please contribute generously.

Finally, I would like to thank our staff at the VOS headquarters and our board members.  It has been a privilege to work with such an exceptional team. I am excited about what we can accomplish this year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any ideas or suggestions.

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