John T. Gill, MD, Elected Chair of Academy Board of Councilors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - Orthopaedic surgeon John T. Gill, MD, was elected Chair of the Board of Councilors (BOC) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) at the organization's 75th Annual Meeting, held Mar. 5-9, 2008, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. He will also serve on the Academy's Board of Directors.

Specializing in sports medicine, Dr. Gill is currently an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice at the Texas Institute for Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. After earning a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Gill served his internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and surgery of the knee at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

"It's a privilege to represent my colleagues in this role," Dr. Gill said. "I really look forward to the opportunity to serve my orthopaedic profession, as well as to enhance the musculoskeletal care of our patients."

Active in numerous professional societies, Dr. Gill is currently president of the Texas Orthopaedic Association and serves in the House of Delegates for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a former board member of the Dallas County Medical Society.

Dr. Gill has extensive experience in the political arena, having served in leadership roles in congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. In 2004, he was elected by his district to serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in New York City. He is a member of the AAOS Council on Advocacy and a frequent visitor to Washington, D.C., to speak on important health-care issues. Since 2007, he has served as an advisor to the Center for Health Transformation, also in Washington, D.C.

An active volunteer in his community, Dr. Gill serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Summer Musicals and as chairman of the Texas Healthcare Task Force. He is also a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, whose efforts benefits troubled and at-risk youth, and a team physician for the Dallas Independent School District. Along with his wife, Mary, he chaired the American Heart Association Gala of Dallas in 2006. He is a father of four and enjoys photography and the occasional round of golf.

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