Dr. Mark Getelman Named Future President for Arthroscopy Association of North America

Dr. Mark Getelman has been named the Arthroscopy Association of North America president for 2021–2022. Dr. Getelman is currently starting his term as second vice president and has been an active, multicommittee member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. As a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Getelman serves shoulder, knee and sports medicine patients at Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Thousand Oaks at 375 Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 210, and in Van Nuys at 6815 Noble Ave.

Dr. Getelman previously served as secretary of the board of directors for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, an international professional organization of more than 4,500 orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals who are committed to advancing the field of minimally invasive orthopedic surgery to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Getelman has also served as a member of the association's Education Committee as well as a member of its Development Committee. He will become president after the association’s annual meeting in April 2021 and will serve through the annual meeting in April 2022. 

"It is a tremendous honor to be elected to the Presidential Line and to inherit such a rich legacy of knowledge and development in our field," says Dr. Getelman. "Our organization is the global leader in arthroscopy and advancing minimally invasive surgical education, advocacy and skills assessment to improve patient care. I am grateful to take part in guiding the future of arthroscopic surgery and excited to help surgeons, health care providers and patients in the process."

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Getelman completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Boston University and spent one year as an orthopedic trauma fellow at Boston City Hospital and one year as a sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery fellow at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He was an associate team physician at Boston College and was the resident sports medicine director at Boston University from 1995 to 1996. Subsequently, he completed a one-year fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, where he practices shoulder, knee and sports medicine care today.

Dr. Getelman has published articles on shoulder, knee and ankle topics and has written several textbook chapters. He has presented scientific papers at national orthopedic meetings and has taught advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques to physicians nationwide and worldwide. In addition, Dr. Getelman is currently the co-director of the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and has participated in the training of over 50 orthopedic fellows since joining  Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

The Arthroscopy Association of North America was formed in 1981 to promote, encourage, support and foster the development and dissemination of knowledge of arthroscopy for the improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The Arthroscopy Association of North America is the primary source of continuing medical education for arthroscopists and the most respected conduit for new techniques and information on arthroscopy. The association's guidelines virtually define the practice of arthroscopic surgery, and its collective vision of the membership defines the future of the discipline.

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