Welcome to San Francisco

By: Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA

By Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA

Chair, Local Host Committee

Warm greetings and welcome to San Francisco! As chair of the local committee, I am pleased to welcome you back to our city. The AAOS has held many highly successful Annual Meetings in San Francisco; the 75th Annual Meeting—which offers you a wealth of educational opportunities and social events—will be no exception.

Cable cars are just one of the attractions that draw visitors to San Francisco.

At the Moscone Center, nearly 30,000 attendees will choose from 33 symposia, 180 instructional courses, 540 podium presentations, 566 poster presentations, 85 scientific exhibits, 460 technical exhibits, and 6 nursing and allied health courses—including a casting and splinting skills workshop.

Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA

Celebrate with us
Amidst all of these activities, the 75th Anniversary Celebration will be in full swing. Books, films, exhibits, and more will mark the milestone. “Moving Pictures,” an historical film playing in the Moscone North Lobby, reflects on the last 75 years of orthopaedic innovation and development by researchers, surgeons, industry, and happenstance. The Digital Timeline, which takes viewers on an interactive tour of 1,500 events in the history of orthopaedics, will debut on eight 56-inch plasma screens positioned end-to-end, spanning 40 feet at Moscone Center North.

Another must-see—the eMotion Pictures art show in Moscone West—contains more than 200 artworks, created by orthopaedists and their patients, that sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, portray the patient and physician perspective of the orthopaedic specialty.

More than a meeting site
While you’re in town for the Annual Meeting, don’t forget to explore San Francisco’s landmarks, cultural attractions, and fine cuisine. Consider taking in a view of the Golden Gate Bridge during a stroll on one of our famous hills, or riding a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, or North Beach. A short ferry ride will take you to Alcatraz Island, where you can tour the desolate former prison that once housed infamous criminals such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.

If time allows, be sure to visit the world-class vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The Monterey Bay peninsula, home of Pebble Beach and other renowned golf courses, is another great destination, as is Muir Woods National Monument, a 554-acre sanctuary filled with picturesque hiking trails and ancient redwood trees.

San Francisco’s orthopaedic community is glad that the Academy selected our city to host the 75th Annual Meeting—an Annual Meeting that celebrates the history of orthopaedics, explores today’s latest orthopaedic knowledge and techniques, and looks ahead to orthopaedic innovations on the horizon. We hope your stay in our city is as enjoyable as it is educational.