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2020 GOS Annual Meeting
September 24-26, 2020
At the Cloister on Sea Island, GA


The 2020 GOS Presidential Guest Speaker: Patrick Connor, MD, FAOA

Patrick Connor, MD, FAOA

Professor and Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Atrium Health

 Sports Medicine Center

Shoulder and Elbow Center


 Head Team Physician, Carolina Panthers

Head Team Physician, Charlotte Knights

Head Team Physician, Hendrick Racing

Dr. Patrick Connor, a distinguished orthopaedic shoulder and elbow and sports medicine specialist at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC, is originally from Oklahoma from where he obtained his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  He moved to Charlotte, NC where he completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center.  He then completed the esteemed Charles S. Neer II, MD Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and subsequently obtained additional training in elbow surgery with Dr. Bernard Morrey at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  

Dr. Connor has been in practice in Charlotte, NC since 1996 and is part of OrthoCarolina’s esteemed Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Elbow Centers as well as being Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health.  He is currently entering his 24th year as team physician of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers – he served as President of the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) in 2009-2011 and has been on the Executive Board of the NFLPS every year since 2006.  In addition, he serves as the head team physician for the Charlotte Knights, AAA Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, Hendrick Motorsports, Toyota Racing Development Team and many additional local teams and organizations.  Dr. Connor has been named as one of Charlotte’s Top Doctors for 14 years and has received over 50 local community and peer awards for excellence in orthopedics. 

Dr. Connor is an exceptionally accomplished researcher as well.  He had authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters, multimedia exhibits and poster presentations, and is nationally and internationally recognized as an authority in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow surgery.   He was the founder and inaugural Chairman of the Board of the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI), which is the most prolific private practice orthopaedic research institute in the country, and he continues to serve on its Board of Directors. 

Although Dr. Connor treats athletes, he was an athlete himself in what he calls his “first life”.  He was the first four-time state high-school singles tennis champion in the history of Oklahoma, and he achieved All-American status in Men’s Tennis at Oklahoma State University.  He won numerous regional and national junior and college tennis titles, was a teaching professional for over seven years, and is a two-time inductee into the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame.  Dr. Connor and his wife, Tish, are the proud parents of eight children.

The 2020 GSSH Guest Speaker: Dr. Donald Lalonde, MD, BSc, MSc, FRCSC

Thursday, September 24th, The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

Donald Lalonde, M.D., FRCSC

Dr. Lalonde is a professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dalhousie University in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. In 2009, he became the first Canadian plastic surgeon to be elected to chair the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a Past President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, Past President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Past Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) specialty committee of Plastic Surgery and the examination board in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Lalonde has shared his expertise around the globe. He has been an invited visiting professor more than 35 times in Canada and the US, and has been an invited speaker to more than 200 international presentations. He was an invited speaker at the 2015 ASHT annual meeting in Denver, at which time he was also made an honorary member of ASHT. He has more than 100 peer reviewed journal publications and 10 book chapters, and he is currently the Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Certification section editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This past December he published Wide Awake Hand Surgery, a surgeon’s (and therapist’s) guide to Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet surgical technique, or WALANT.


U.S. News & World Report ranked The Cloister at Sea Island among the best hotels nationwide

If you’re looking for a getaway that allows you to stay at one of the best hotels in the nation, you don’t have to travel too far from metro Atlanta. 

A new report says one of the best hotels in the nation is right here in Georgia.

The annual “50 Best Hotels in the USA” list from U.S. News & World Report ranked The Cloister at Sea Island at No. 20.

According the outlet, they considered about 4,100 hotels when compiling the list. The rankings are based on factors like the hotel’s star rating, industry accolades and guest reviews.

The Cloister has consistently been considered a 5-star property. In this year’s rankings, the author called the property “a South Georgia gem”. 

The Cloister offers varying accommodation types to suit the needs of every visitor,” the ranking states. “Best of all, a stay at The Cloister at Sea Island puts guests across the street from the resort's private beach.”

The Sea Island property has been in business for more than 90 years. Since opening in 1928, it has welcomed dignified guests from around the world, including George H. W. and Barbara Bush, who visited the hotel in 1945.









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