AO Trauma North America Board

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Brett Crist, MD

Chair

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Brett Crist, MD

Chair

After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, Dr. Crist earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Crist is the Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, and the Vice Chairman for Business Development. He specializes in orthopaedic trauma/fracture care, hip and pelvis reconstruction including total hip arthroplasty, and young adult hip disorders/hip preservation. Dr. Crist is a Tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He has research interests in fracture care, nonunions, deformity, infections, anterior total hip arthroplasty, patient-centered outcomes and hip preservation procedures. From the beginning of his career, he’s been involved with AO and continues to enjoy teaching at AO events, participating in committee and leadership roles, and being a part of the AO Family.

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Carla Smith, MD, PhD

Community Development Committee Chair

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Carla Smith, MD, PhD

Community Development Committee Chair

I completed my trauma fellowship at Harborview medical center and at the University of Zurich. My practice is trauma, post-traumatic deformity and sequelae of trauma. I work overseas with Fracture Care International-SIGN as well as Orthopedics Overseas. I teach for the AO and enjoy seeing patients recover from trauma and helping them recover from injuries.

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Chad Coles, MD, FRCSC

Education Committee Chair

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Chad Coles, MD, FRCSC

Education Committee Chair

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Timothy Achor, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

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Timothy Achor, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

Dr. Timothy S. Achor is the Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center/Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Achor was born in Upstate New York, but lived most of his childhood outside Toledo, Ohio. He obtained an undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio and completed a five year orthopaedic surgery residency at New York Medical College. He went on to complete an orthopaedic trauma fellowship in New York City at the Hospital for Special Surgery under the direction of Dr. David Helfet. He has lived and worked in Houston since completing his training, where he has become one of the busiest orthopaedic trauma surgeons in the country. His current interests include treating severe musculoskeletal injuries about the pelvis, hip, knee and ankle, as well as treating nonunions and complications of fractures. He also is active in the education of medical students, residents and fellows both in Houston and at conferences nationwide. He is an active member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and AO Trauma North America. Dr. Achor is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. When not at the hospital, Dr. Achor enjoys spending time with his family and going to car shows.

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Joshua Gary, MD

Research Committee Chair

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Joshua Gary, MD

Research Committee Chair