Black tapped to lead national orthopaedic association in 2015

The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) recently announced that Penn State Hershey’s Dr. Kevin P. Black was elected to the position of second president-elect during the association's June meeting in Denver, Colo.

Black will become first president-elect at the 2014 Combined Meeting of The American Orthopaedic Association and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association in Montreal, Canada, in June 2014, and will assume the role of AOA president in June 2015.

Black is the C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He came to Hershey in 1993 and in September of 2001, became chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation -- a position he still holds. On July 1, he also was appointed to the role of vice dean for the Penn State College of Medicine University Park Regional Medical Campus in State College.

Black has a special interest in orthopaedic resident education, and he earned the Distinguished Educator Award in 2011 from the Medical Center and College of Medicine for this area of expertise. He also was selected for a 2008 Steven Baron Leadership Award for his exceptional professional achievement and exemplification of cooperation and teamwork. Black is the recipient of two Traveling Fellowships: a European Traveling Fellowship from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in 2000, and a Traveling Fellowship from the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in 1992. He carries his interest in Traveling Fellowships into his volunteer work with the AOA, having served on a number of the AOA’s Traveling Fellowship Committees.

In addition to his leadership role in the AOA, Black will serve as 2013 President of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and AOSSM.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Black specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine. His clinical interests and associated research interests include knee ligament injuries, osteochondritis dissecans, patella instability, and meniscal injuries. His research interests are in the areas of orthopaedic resident education, medical student education, knee ligament instability, and articular cartilage injury.

Following his residency training at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Black held a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He began his career at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1987, where he developed the Sports Medicine Program.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015