A worthy legacy

The AAOS building, Chicago

Karen Hackett’s tenure as CEO of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has ended. However, the foundations she has laid at the organization, and its commitment to serving its member orthopaedists, musculoskeletal specialists and their patients continues.

On her future hopes for the AAOS: “When I joined, and now that I’m leaving, I’m pleased to say the organization is strong, in good financial shape and has very committed volunteers and members. Our volunteers bring expertise we don’t have as a staff, but the organization can execute. We try to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s going on, and we’re very focused on quality.”

On the changing health care landscape: “With the Affordable Care Act and changes that may come with the new administration, we want to help our members thrive in a changing environment. Our D.C. office tries to analyze what’s happened and what will happen. Our goal is to help our members be prepared and take the best care of their patients. We provide them with information that will be useful with their practice, but it will be a challenge in the changing times.”

On staying relevant amid change: “Let go of some of the things you’ve done forever. Take a hard look at things that you need and things that may not be as important today. Make room for new things so you can move forward.”