Ethics and Content Validation Subcommittee (ECVSC)

The ECVSC is a standing subcommittee established by the EAB, consisting of one representative from each clinical division selected by their respective Education Committee. The ECVSC is responsible for ensuring all educational activities meet the criteria for accreditation and content is objective, fair balanced, scientifically based on best available evidence and without commercial bias or influence. The ECVSC serves as a resource to AO NA leadership, committees, faculty, and staff on regulatory issues, compliance or policy issues.
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David Hubbard, MD

Chair

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David Hubbard, MD

Chair

Dr David Hubbard hails from Morgantown, West Virginia. He is Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at West Virginia University Hospital and Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. He is board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic trauma surgeon. He completed his orthopedic residency at West Virginia University Hospital in 1994. He then completed his orthopedic trauma fellowship at the prestigious University of Washington at Harbourview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr Hubbard has been involved with AO his entire career serving as faculty member, chairman of multiple courses in North America and Europe and on multiple committees. He also served as a Trustee for the AO Foundation. Dr Hubbard is currently a busy orthopedic trauma surgeon and educator at West Virginia University Hospital.

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Spencer Johnston, VMD, DACVS

Immediate Past-Chair

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Spencer Johnston, VMD, DACVS

Immediate Past-Chair

Dr. Spencer Johnston is currently the James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor and head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is co-editor the surgery textbook Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, and co-author of the fifth edition of Brinker, Piermattei, and Flo’s Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair. His research background and interests include the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Dr. Johnston graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, and was a faculty member at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech from 1990-2003. He entered private surgical practice in 2003, and returned to academic veterinary medicine by joining the faculty of the University of Georgia in 2007. Dr. Johnston is a past member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and currently serves the profession as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education.

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Kerry Latham, MD, FACS

AO CMF NA Representative

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Kerry Latham, MD, FACS

AO CMF NA Representative

Dr. Kerry Latham is a Craniofacial Plastic surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda MD. Dr. Latham , interested in craniofacial trauma, pediatric craniofacial surgery, global surgery and surgical education. Dr. Latham is as Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She is a graduated Squadron Commander where she oversaw over 200 personnel for Joint Base Andrews Ambulatory surgery Center and Outpatient Surgical Clinics. Now She serves as the Deputy Chair of the Department of Surgery for USUHS in Bethesda Maryland.

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John DeVine, MD

AO Spine NA Representative

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John DeVine, MD

AO Spine NA Representative

Dr. John Devine is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Spine Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. He is a graduate of F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed his orthopaedic residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. DeVine completed an orthopaedic spine fellowship at The Maryland Spine Fellowship in Baltimore MD. He specializes in conservative and surgical treatment for back and neck pain, degenerative disc disease, pediatric and adult deformity, spine trauma, spine tumors, and reconstructive spine surgery.

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Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS

AO VET NA Representative

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Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM

AO VET NA Representative

Dr. Kerwin received her DVM from Texas A&M University, completed a small animal rotating internship at Louisiana State University and completed a small animal surgery residency at LSU along with a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology. She is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (neurology). Her clinical and research interests involve orthopedics and neurology, with a special interest in fracture repair and spinal surgery. She also has a special interest in feline orthopedics and neurology. Dr. Kerwin is a graduate of both the Faculty Education and Chair Education Programs.

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Jeffrey Lawton, MD

Member

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Jeffrey Lawton, MD

Member

Dr. Lawton completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and his Hand Fellowship at the Raymond Curtis National Center for Treatment of the Hand and Upper Extremity at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He went on to serve as Chief of the Combined Orthopaedic/Plastic Hand Surgery Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Subsequently, he practiced hand and upper extremity surgery at the Cleveland Clinic before transitioning to The University of Michigan where he has been Chief of Elbow Hand and Microsurgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Lawton was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has received a number of teaching awards. His interests include congenital/pediatric hand, trauma/post-traumatic reconstruction and elbow trauma / degenerative conditions. He was selected to AO North America Hand Faculty and the AO Hand Education Committee and has completed the Faculty Education Program.

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Charisse Sinkler, MD

Ex-Officio

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Charisse Sinkler, MD

Ex-Officio

Charisse brings over 30 years of diversified experience in academia, not-for-profit, and the for-profit industry of continuing medical education to AO North America (AONA). Her professional experience includes 20 years of overseeing, managing, developing, and delivering quality continuing professional development programs for healthcare professionals and patient education and advocacy programs. Charisse’s understanding of regulatory compliance guidelines, adult learning principles, and educational design formats has led her to obtain two reaccreditations for AONA and two for one Communication Company. Her leadership experience includes appointment to Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) Site Surveyor committee, a national continuing medical education organization, as well as service on a regional community health center board and a community board for student enrichment programs. She is also an accomplished, grant solicitor of major pharmaceutical funding for education activities. Prior to joining AONA, she spent the past 10 years in managerial positions such as; Accreditation Manager, Account Director, Education Compliance Officer, and Director of Education at several for-profit companies. Her primary role involved overseeing and managing multiple projects, re-selling and up-selling continuing education programs. Charisse brings strong project management, innovation and leadership skills to AO North as evidenced by her participation on the Greater Philadelphia Health Action Board of Directors and The House of Bread, Inc. Board of Directors. Charisse received a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Management from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, and a Certificate of Completion in Healthcare Management from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences.

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Chitra Subramaniam, PhD

Ex-Officio

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Chitra Subramaniam, PhD

Ex-Officio

A passionate learning strategist, educator who brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in all areas of education including traditional and online learning, curriculum design and development, measurement and evaluation methods, instructional design, course design and delivery, needs assessments development, process improvement planning, the use of technology in design and delivery of education. She is an Educational Technology expert who has been involved in implementing online learning systems, learning object repositories, integrating technology solutions in learning, leading the design and implementation of tools related to social learning and mobile learning. A nationally and internationally recognized leader and consultant in continuing medical education, she has a deep interest in knowledge management and its effective translation to healthcare practice, with several committee and advisory board appointments, and awards. Dr. Subramaniam has worked in several capacities in education and training in academic, corporate, government, publishing, and not-for-profit organizations.
Before joining AO North America, she served as Principal, Learning and Change within the Premier Research Services group at Premier Inc., where she led the development and implementation of an education, quality improvement, training and Implementation research strategy aligned with the needs of over 3000 hospitals within the Premier network, including business development and marketing. She also served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the Duke School of Medicine and was the Assistant Director for the Center for Educational Excellence at the DCRI managing over 450 CPD programs including several systems level quality improvement initiatives. In her leadership role within the Duke Center for Educational Excellence, Chitra lead several educational implementation projects and all of the PI/QI efforts working in collaboration with the Health system, the different Duke Departments, research networks and community organizations. She has worked also with the American Society for Clinical Pathology as the Director of Educational Design and Technology, a master designer for IBM, AT & T, CMS and several academic, corporate, government and non-for profit organizations. Her interests include creation and management of knowledge systems for the delivery of outcomes-based education, E-learning, educational research and quality improvement CE.