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October 19, 2016

Dr. James Stannard​

MU Surgeon Named President of Orthopaedic Association

James Stannard, MD, medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU School of Medicine, has been appointed president of AO North America (AONA).

James Stannard, MD, medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU School of Medicine, has been appointed president of AO North America (AONA).

AO North America is an independent, non-profit, regional affiliate of the AO Foundation. It is dedicated to the advancement of patient care in orthopedic trauma, hand, craniomaxillofacial, spine and veterinary surgery in North America. AONA offers accredited educational opportunities in locations throughout North America and online.

"We are extremely proud of Dr. Stannard's accomplishments and congratulate him on his newest honor," said Patrick Delafontaine, MD, the Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the MU School of Medicine. "AO North America has thousands of surgeon members as well as researchers across North America. It is quite a distinction for its president to come from the MU School of Medicine."

A 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Stannard also holds the endowed position of J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at MU. He received internship and residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, and trauma fellowship training in Switzerland. Stannard completed 10 years of active service with the U.S. Army, including service as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He received an Army Commendation Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals before retiring at the rank of major in 1996.

Following his military career, Stannard served as a faculty member and orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for 13 years. Stannard has served as a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association's board of directors and the U.S. Army's Institute of Surgical Research review panel for orthopaedic trauma. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Knee Surgery.

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