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William J. Best appointed lay member of Academy Board of Directors

Business consultant William J. Best was appointed lay member for the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and assumed this position at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

William J. Best

Consulting to a variety of healthcare organizations for the past 35 years, Mr. Best brings a wealth of business experience to this role. For more than 20 years, he was a partner at A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm, where he worked with senior management in the field of medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and home health care. One of his proudest achievements was establishing an international startup presence in Asia for A.T. Kearney; the organization grew to more than 300 consultants during his tenure. Mr. Best served on the Board of Directors of A.T. Kearney for 10 years.

“My experience in the business world will be helpful to the Academy in planning a strategic response to some of the major challenges now facing the medical community, including the escalating costs to the practice of health care and the implementation of healthcare reform, areas where many AAOS members may have questions,” stated Mr. Best.

Throughout his career, Mr. Best also has served on several not-for-profit boards, including Children’s Memorial Medical Center (Chicago), the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Commercial Club of Chicago, among others.

“Being a part of a board means you have the ability to have a positive impact, and I look forward to the intellectual challenge that this appointment will bring,” said Best. “There is a learning curve for me, as I am not a physician; however, I am excited to get started. I have a bias toward action. The AAOS is a highly respected medical group whose influential presence needs to be continually felt, especially in Washington,” he added.

Mr. Best completed his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, at Harvard University and secured his MBA in finance and international business at the University of Chicago. He has been married for 37 years, and has four children and six grandchildren. When not consulting, Mr. Best enjoys traveling, skiing, riding his horses, and working on his 1956 Chris Craft Capri.

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