WSOA 2019 Annual Meeting

Online registration for the WSOA 2019 Annual Meeting is closed.

Walk-in registration will be available onsite Saturday morning.

Join us for an incredible line up of speakers, including:

  • Kristy Weber, MD, AAOS’s first female President
  • David Martin, MD, Executive Director of ABOS
  • Alden Roberts, MD, Chair of the Washington Medical Commission

View the meeting program here.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Embassy Suites, Seattle Downtown-Pioneer Square
255 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Thank you to our Working Lunch Sponsor, Flexion Therapeutics

Thank you to our exhibitors

ATI Physical Therapy
Avenue Medical Products
DePuy Synthes
Northwest Sports Physical Therapy
Physician Direct Services
Shukla Medical


President’s Message – November 2018

Welcome to the Washington State Orthopaedic Association!

We are a membership-driven organization which represents the interests of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the patients with musculoskeletal problems whom we treat here in Washington. We are your advocates in Olympia both in the legislature and, sometimes more importantly, in the regulatory arena. We also serve as the “Boots on the Ground” representatives of the AAOS leadership so that the Academy is kept abreast of important issues here in Washington, and that information about important issues that come up in other states or in Washington, DC is passed on to Orthopaedic surgeons here at home.

Key issues that we anticipate working on in 2019 include “Out of network surprise balance billing.” This has been a multi-year effort on the part of a broad coalition of multiple specialty societies and the Washington State Medical Association to block a simple ban on Balance Billing, and to be sure that whatever legislation is passed is fair and balanced. For more information on this issue, please consult the WSOA or WSMA website.

Another key issue is Opiate prescribing. As you can imagine, there has been great pressure applied to the medical community to “do something” about the opiate crisis. As has occurred in the last several legislative sessions, it seems likely we will see a variety of attempts to solve this crisis by legislation during the 2019 legislative session. Our job, along with the rest of the House of Medicine, is to be sure that legislative solutions have a positive impact on the problem without unduly burdening physician’s practices.

Washington has two representatives to the Academy Board of Councilors, Dr. Alan Greenwald and Dr. Nick Rajacich. The BOC is “sort of” the House of Representatives of the AAOS. It is an organization of mostly non-academic orthopedists who represent the interests of practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. Many key initiatives at the AAOS (for example, professional compliance or reform of the ABOS) have come from the BOC. If you have concerns about some issue that you think the AAOS needs to know about, please contact one of your councilors

If you are a WSOA member, thank you for joining and helping support or efforts. If you are not a member, please consider joining WSOA today so that we can continue work to protect orthopaedic practice in Washington and to protect the patients we care for.

And please consider a donation to the Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation to help fund its important work!

Nick Rajacich, MD
WSOA president


JBJS Institutional CME Program

JBJS Orthopaedic Education CenterThe Washington State Orthopaedic Association, in partnership with The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) is pleased to announce their participation in the JBJS Institutional CME Program. To summarize the process, a promotion code is provided to you for one year that provides a 20% discount for all CME activities in the JBJS Orthopaedic Education Center. Offerings include:

Benefits to Physicians and healthcare professionals:

  • Staying current on groundbreaking orthopaedic research offered by JBJS Orthopaedic Education Center (OEC) via activities and courses, at a 20% discount
  • Ability to track and manage personal educational requirements with the OEC’s online organizational tool

We hope you take advantage of this benefit to facilitate and lend support to your ongoing orthopaedic educational needs. Any questions, contact


Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation

The Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation (WSOF) was created in 2013. The Foundation is one operating component of WSOA, and the Board of Directors of the Washington State Orthopaedic Association comprises the membership of the WSOF. The Board of Directors  is elected by its members at the annual meeting.

Vision Statement of the Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation

To make Washington the best place to practice and to receive orthopaedic care.

Mission Statement of WSOF

To promote the advancement of musculoskeletal science and treatment of disease. We are also interested in the efficiency and quality of care.

The WSOF was created:

To collect donations, tax free, to distribute for education and research that would benefit the patient with musculoskeletal problems in Washington State. We think that this effort will result in new efforts to promote patient safety and evidenced based care.

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Officers of the WSOF

WSOF Bylaws