Illinois spine surgeon to serve as president of the American Orthopaedic Association


The American Orthopaedic Association has named spine surgeon Alexander Ghanayem, MD, as second president-elect during its annual leadership meeting in June.

Dr. Ghanayem, chair of the orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation department at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., and chief medical officer of Chicago-based Loyola Medicine, will serve as president of the society from 2024-2025, according to a July 14 news release. He will also serve on the executive committee, which oversees the organization's strategic direction.

"We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Ghanayem's election to the executive committee of the AOA," Richard Freeman, MD, executive vice president and regional chief clinical officer for Loyola Medicine, said in the release. "It is a testament to his leadership as well as his significant contributions to Loyola Medicine and the field of orthopedics."

Dr. Ghanayem has led Loyola's orthopedic department since 2016. He has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented over 150 abstracts at national medical conferences and written chapters for several medical textbooks. Dr. Ghanayem also serves on Loyola Medicine's finance committee and is chair of the compensation committee.

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