October 17, 2019

Orthopaedic organization elects Wright president


Rick Wright, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will serve as president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) for a one-year term.

Rick Wright, MD

Wright, who joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center on  Sept. 1, was elected to the ABOS board in 2013 and has previously served as the chair of the organization’s Written Examination Committee.

“I’m excited to serve as president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. It’s a dynamic time for the field and we are tackling important issues regarding certification that will serve practitioners and protect patients in the future,” said Wright.

Wright came to VUMC from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was also head team physician for the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues.

ABOS, founded in 1934, is a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization that establishes standards for orthopaedic surgeons’ education.

The board of directors consists of 21 people, comprised of 12 active directors, six senior directors, two directors-elect and one public member director.