Welcome To New Orleans!

Leslie Sisco-Wise, MDOn behalf of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to invite you to this year’s Annual Meeting from March 15-16 at the iconic Roosevelt/Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans. This change in venue will offer a luxurious stay in a beautiful historical New Orleans Hotel. The Roosevelt will also provide a great space for education and meeting up with old friends- the Sazerac Bar is always a good time. Of note, a percent of each room reserved will directly benefit the LOA. 

Dr. Brian Godshaw, our program director, has developed quite an exciting meeting that not only continues the nail-biting resident competition challenge but now includes a “debate your mentor” section where you will see the “ trainee” debate their at one-time “trainer”. We had over 80 research paper abstract submissions and it will be interesting to hear about research going on in our great state. To round out the educational format, we are very excited to have a star-studded lineup with our three guest speakers.

Dr. James “Jim” Bradley is a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a world-renowned sports medicine surgeon. Dr. Bradley has been the head team orthopaedic surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 33 years. He is the past president of the Herodicus Society, NFL Physician’s Society, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He graduated from Georgetown Medical School, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine residency in orthopaedic surgery and completed his training in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in LA. Dr. Bradley has published 159 peer reviewed articles for medical journals, 57 medical textbook chapters, and has 411 guest lecturer presentations under his belt. He plans to give us some insight into what he has learned as an NFL team physician.

Dr. Lisa Lattanza is the chairman of Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. She is a hand and upper extremity surgeon known for her treatment of posttraumatic and congenital reconstruction of pediatric and adult elbow problems. She is a world-renowned leader in patient- specific 3D surgical planning for deformity correction and led a team in performing the first elbow-to-elbow transplant (a very interesting story and hopefully she will tell it). She was one of the confounders for the Perry Initiative, recipient of the AAOS Diversity Award, and was the past president of the Ruth Jackson Society. Dr. Lattanza obtained her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio, orthopaedic residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and completed her training in hand surgery at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Lattanza also completed a 6-month fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for children in Dallas. Bring your most complex elbow cases her way and she will have an answer!

Dr. David Teague is the chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Dr. Teague specializes in trauma care and served two disaster relief tours on the US Naval ship Comfort in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. He is past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and actively takes call at the state’s only Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Teague graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma College, and finished his training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The final piece of our meeting will be to introduce our new lobbying team of three, the 1812 Group.

Don Caffery, Jason Harbison, and Tyler Daniel will be there to present their lobbying focus, what is new for this upcoming session, and answer any questions from members.

I know this will be a great meeting and look forward to seeing everyone at the Roosevelt!

Dr. Leslie Sisco-Wise, President

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