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February 7, 2016



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AAOS, OTA, and Others Host Extremity War Injuries Symposium  

On January 31, 2017 through February 1, 2017, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), in partnership with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) hosted physicians and researchers in Washington, DC for the 2017 Extremity War Injuries Research Symposium. The twelfth annual EWI symposium, Homeland Defense as a Translation of War Lessons Learned, focused on disaster preparedness as well as an ongoing research agenda that highlighted state-of-the-art research and identified gaps in the treatment of extremity trauma. The two-day program included presentations and collaborative discussions on domestic readiness, disaster education, communication between providers, and developing response teams.

Symposium Co-Chairs: Andrew Schmidt, MD and MAJ Daniel Stinner, MD;
AAOS Past President David Teuscher, MD; and EWI Project Team Chair:
COL (ret) James Ficke, MD, FACS with Rep. Brad Wenstrup

The EWI: XII attendees were addressed by four Congressional speakers throughout the program. Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Andy Harris, MD (R-MD), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), and Brian Mast (R-FL). Each spoke to the group about their own unique background, experiences, and interest in extremity war trauma research and talked about the ways in which advocates can engage with Congress on this issue.

Rep. Brian Mast with members of his trauma care team

Every year, the AAOS advocates for funding for the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) which is a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) under the Department of Defense. The PRORP program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to research in the extremity trauma space, such as those projects on display at the EWI Symposium. In FY 2017, the AAOS was successful in securing another $30 million worth of funding through the appropriations process, bringing the total funding to over $300 million since the program’s inception in 2009. The AAOS strongly believes in the value of this research and is proud of the way that the extremity trauma research is able to benefit American military members, veterans, retirees, military families and civilians.

COL (ret) James Ficke, MD, FACS, MAJ Daniel Stinner, MD,
Rep. Andy Harris, MD, and Andrew Schmidt, MD