AAOS gets day in San Diego

As the nation’s third largest medical convention, the AAOS Annual Meeting brings a lot to any host city. This year’s meeting in San Diego is expected to draw 32,000 surgeons, medical specialists, and other orthopaedic industry health professionals who will generate $111.6 million in regional economic impact and nearly $1.6 million in tax revenues for the city.

Alexis Gutierrez, San Diego Convention Center Corporation board chair (left), presents Chad Price, MD, AAOS Annual Meeting Committee chair with a proclamation from the City of San Diego declaring February 17, 2011, as American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Day in San Diego.

“We are thrilled to have AAOS back in San Diego, home to some of the most innovative and respected medical institutions and researchers in the world,” said Carol Wallace, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation’s president and CEO. “Our dedicated staff and San Diego’s entire hospitality community are ready to ensure that AAOS has a highly successful 2011 convention.”

“The AAOS enjoys coming to San Diego,” said Chad Price, MD, Annual Meeting Committee chair. “When the meeting was held here in 2007, we had more than 31,000 attendees, and we are on pace to hit that figure again.”

San Diego’s position as a military hub adds to the meeting. “We have great admiration and respect for our colleagues who are military surgeons, as battlefield injuries often involve the extremities and spine,” said Dr. Price. “The military presence in San Diego and their participation in our meeting will enhance the care of civilians. This is another unique opportunity that makes meeting in San Diego special.”

In recognition of both the economic and social (think Family Fitness and Fun Park) benefits the AAOS brought to San Diego, the Mayor’s office issued a proclamation, declaring Feb. 17 as “American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Day” in San Diego. The proclamation recognizes the Academy’s role as the leading provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons in the world, and its Annual Meeting as “one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious medical gatherings.”

In addition, it draws special attention to the legacy the AAOS leaves behind, “by building a Family Fitness and Fun Park benefiting our residents.”