Thursday, May 11, 2006
Rankin elected Academy second vice president
Orthopaedic surgeon E. Anthony Rankin, MD, was elected second vice president of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at the organization’s 73rd annual meeting, held March 22-26, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“Tony,” as he is affectionately called by friends in Holly Springs and Marshall County, is a native son and attended and graduated from the public schools of Holly Springs. He is the son of the late Edgar Everette (E.E.) Rankin, former president of Mississippi Industrial College (1956-1977); and the late Robbie Lee Rankin, a former teacher in the Holly Springs Schools.
A graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Rankin completed his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and is currently chief of orthopaedic service at Providence Hospital, clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and clinical associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, all located in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rankin specializes in adult reconstruction and hand surgery.
“As the first African-American in the presidential line of the AAOS, it is an honor to help carry out the Academy’s mission which includes promotion of diversity within orthopaedics,” Dr. Rankin explained. “I am committed to supporting the Academy’s new governance structure, and to furthering the needs of our members and patients through our student mentoring and Leadership Fellows Program, as well as via advisory boards on diversity and women’s issues.”
Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Rankin has formerly served as president of the District of Columbia Orthopaedic Society, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and as a member of the board of directors for the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. His medical society memberships include the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Rankin previously served two terms on the AAOS Board of Directors, and has held leadership positions within AAOS councils and committees: most recently as chair of the Member Communications Committee, and as a member of the Council on Communications.
Formerly a member of the Journal of the National Medical Association’s editorial board, Dr. Rankin currently serves on the editorial board for Orthopedics and is editor-in-chief of the AAOS Bulletin. He also serves as medical consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. He was Panel Chairman for the NIH’s Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement in December 2003. In addition to publishing more than 36 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Rankin has given many scientific presentations and lectures both nationally and internationally.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Rankin is a five-time recipient of a certificate of commendation from the government of the District of Columbia, and has been recognized by Georgetown University/Providence Hospital with their Teaching Excellence Award for 10 consecutive years. He is a seven-time recipient of the AMA’s Physician’s Recognition Award. Also a decorated member of the U.S. Army – having served as a Major in the Medical Corps in Vietnam – Dr. Rankin was bestowed with the prestigious Bronze Star Award and the Army Commendation Medal.
An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician with extensive training in the diagnosis and non-surgical as well as surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
With more than 29,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (www.aaos.org) or (www.orthoinfo.org) is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments and related issues. An advocate for improved patient care, the Academy is participating in the Bone and Joint Decade (www.usbjd.org) – the global initiative in the years 2002-2011 – to raise awareness of musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people’s quality of life.
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