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2020 GOS Annual Meeting
September 24-27, 2020
At the Cloister on Sea Island, GA


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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear great speakers, enjoy time with colleagues, and receive a minimum of 9-10 CME credits.  Come and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting!

The Georgia Orthopedic Society (GOS) is honored to welcome the South Carolina Orthopedic Association (SCOA) as our Guest State Society at our 2020 Annual Meeting!  GOS is excited to inaugurate this program with our eastern neighbors in an ongoing effort to promote interstate camaraderie and exchange of ideas, and we look forward to future visits from other state societies.

The Georgia Orthopaedic Society 75th Annual Meeting Speakers



The 2020 GOS Presidential Guest Speaker: 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 - OrthoCarolina

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: Waldo E. Floyd III, MD, FAOA

After completion of a Hand Surgery Fellowship with pioneer hand surgeons J. William Littler and Richard Eaton in New York City, Dr. Floyd returned to his central Georgia home over three decades ago. His practice is limited to Surgery of the Hand. He is certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Surgery of the Hand by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery through 2029.

Dr. Floyd has held a variety of leadership positions. He has served on the Board of Councilors of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has been President of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society and the Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand. He was Chief of Surgery at the Medical Center Navicent Health from 2004-2010. Dr. Floyd is Clinical Professor of Surgery (Hand) at the Mercer University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, a selective organization of specialty leaders.

Dr. Floyd is an author of many peer reviewed articles and invited publications. For over twenty years, he has been a Consultant Reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery.

Timothy Griffith, M.D. - Team Physician for the Atlanta Braves (MLB)

Dr. Griffith attended the University of Georgia where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with Highest Honors from the University of Georgia Honors Program. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia for medical school, earning an election into the exclusive national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Griffith completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he served as an administrative chief resident and was honored for consistently scoring in the 99th percentile on his orthopedic in-training examination. Following residency, he was awarded a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University in New York City, New York, working with Drs. David Altchek, Russell Warren, Riley Williams, Scott Rodeo, Robert Marx, and Stephen O'Brien. During this fellowship he served as a team physician for the New York Mets.

He has authored multiple research publications and book chapters and has lectured on the local, regional, and national level on topics including: ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, the biomechanical stabilizing properties of the medial collateral ligament of the knee, revision reverse total shoulder replacement, throwing shoulder injuries, and baseball medical team management. He has published multiple articles in leading orthopedic journals including the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (KSSTA). He also serves as a scientific reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Xavier A. Duralde, M.D.

Dr. Duralde earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 1979 and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. He remained at Columbia University for his orthopedic training and fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Dr. Duralde served his country as a major in the United States Air Force from 1988 to 1992. While in the Air Force, he served as chief of surgical services and chief of the department of orthopedics at the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing Hospital at RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England.

As an active member of Peachtree Orthopedics’ volunteer team, Dr. Duralde visits Haiti annually to offer his services at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer and outlying clinics. He has authored many publications regarding the shoulder, including primary research papers and book chapters. Dr. Duralde is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally on various subjects of the shoulder.

Joseph A. Bosco, III, MD

Dr. Bosco is Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs of the NYU Langone Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Bosco has served as team physician for the Durham Bulls and Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball teams. From 2002 until 2004, he was a team physician for the New York Mets professional baseball team. He is a member of, and held leadership positions in, numerous professional societies, including The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (former member Board of Councilors), The American Orthopedic Association, The New York Academy of Medicine, The Eastern Orthopedic Association and the New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons (Vice President). He served as president of the BOD of The Orthopedic Learning Center.

He became a fellow of The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery in 1992.  His service to the AAOS began as a member of the Sports medicine evaluation committee after which he was chosen to complete the Leadership Fellows Program.  Following service as chair of the Central Program Committee, he was appointed to the BOD.  He then served as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee until he was elected to the Presidential Line.  He is currently the Vice President and will become AAOS President in March of 2020.

Dr. Bosco has published and lectured, both nationally and internationally, on Alternative Payment Models, healthcare policy and quality.

William D. Heisel Jr, PA-C

Team Care & Orthopedic Provider for Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing

Specializes in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, Coordinator of Motorsports Outreach for OrthoCarolina, Specializes in Arthroscopic & Reconstructive Knee Surgery, Specializes in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Physician Assistant Certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Fellow member of the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants (NCAPA)

Received the NASCAR Above and Beyond Award (presented by NASCAR Medical Liaison Department)

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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