Welcome to San Francisco!

By: William J. Maloney, MD, and Thomas Parker Vail, MD

William J. Maloney, MD, and Thomas Parker Vail, MD

Welcome back to the “City by the Bay!” San Francisco has hosted many highly successful Annual Meetings, most recently helping make the Academy’s milestone 75th Annual Meeting in 2008 even more remarkable. We are delighted the Academy is back for the 2012 Annual Meeting, which promises to be another highly memorable and educational event, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

The cable car is an icon of San Francisco. Courtesy of Stuart J. Fischer, MD

This year, nearly 30,000 attendees will crisscross the Moscone Center to take advantage of a wealth of educational resources, including 32 symposia, 810 papers, 577 posters, and 215 instructional courses presented by expert faculty. Attendees will also be able to peruse more than 88 scientific exhibits on extended studies or complex procedures, as well as more than 450 technical exhibits on the latest orthopaedic products and services.

William J. Maloney, MD

Thomas Parker Vail, MD

Explore the city
There’s more than enough Annual Meeting programming to keep you busy, but make sure to take advantage of some of what San Francisco has to offer—from its hilly landscape to its landmarks, neighborhoods, and fine cuisine.

Why not start by enjoying a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge—or even taking a stroll across it? This engineering marvel, completed in 1937, is one of the largest single span bridges ever constructed and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world.

Another great option is to ride a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can visit the Maritime Museum and check out the sea lions that have called Pier 39 home, on and off, for decades. Don’t forget to explore Lombard Street, renowned as the “world’s crookedest street” for its incredibly steep, hairpin turns.

Cable cars can also take you to Chinatown, with its large, vibrant Chinese community, thriving culture, and many excellent restaurants, as well as to North Beach, home to San Francisco’s Italian American community and filled with many superb Italian eateries.

If you’re looking for the more sinister side of San Francisco, consider visiting the infamous Alcatraz Prison. After taking a short ferry ride to the island, you can tour the prison that once housed the likes of Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “The Bird Man” Stroud. An optional audio tour describes what life was like for guards and inmates.

Commune with nature
Nature lovers have many opportunities to enjoy some quality time outdoors. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has many bike trails, lakes, museums, and gardens to explore. While at the park, take some time to relax in the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Enjoy the tea house and the many rare and endangered tropical plants and flora, including the century-old giant Imperial Philodendron.

Muir Woods National Monument is another must-see for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature. If you journey to the 554-acre sanctuary in northern Marin County, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of giant coast redwoods, which once flourished across the northern hemisphere but now are only found along a narrow 500-mile coastal strip in northern California and southern Oregon. Don’t forget to visit nearby Sausalito, with its charming shops, winding streets, art galleries, and excellent restaurants.

Golfers are also in luck, with TPC Harding Park, part of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club. The 163-acre municipal golf course in the southwest corner of San Francisco hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009. Another fantastic way to spend some time is by touring the picturesque, world-class vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Again, we welcome the orthopaedic community to San Francisco. We wish you a highly successful, enjoyable 2012 Annual Meeting.

Local Committee Co-Chairs William J. Maloney, MD, and Thomas Parker Vail, MD, both reside in the San Francisco area.