WSOA REOP is coming to Spokane on January 27

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first Regional Educational Outreach Program (REOP) virtually next Wednesday, January 27.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30pm

There is no fee for physicians to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

WSOA’s REOP is a six-part series of one-hour webinars designed to provide a regional overview of local orthopaedic surgery concerns, including the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on orthopaedic practice; regulatory and legislative issues affecting orthopaedic medicine in Washington state; and regulatory and compliance updates. Our inaugural REOP event has a focus on Spokane, hosted by WSOA Board Member Dr. Jonathan Keeve, and featuring presentations from Dr. Paul Pottinger and Dr. Neal Shonnard.

Our first meeting will address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and delivering high quality cost efficient care in an outpatient surgery center. With mounting losses of life and diseased patients a lot of hope has been placed on the rapid deployment of vaccines. This very encouraging trend has been countered by reports on more contagious mutations and recurrent waves of lockdowns. These developments have also directly impacted our ability to render effective musculoskeletal care due to resource allocation concerns and contagion reduction efforts. Dr. Pottinger from UW Medicine is a content expert whose expertise was sought by national media outlets from the first emergence of the virus. For the orthopaedic community this provides a unique opportunity to learn about real life practice implications affecting all of us.

Ambulatory surgery centers have become an increasingly well-established alternative for many orthopaedic procedures to hospital-based care. Unfortunately many of these enterprises are under threat of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and by mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Shonnard has been a successful practitioner in a physician-owned ASC space, as well as hospital based surgery, and through his work in national registries has a unique perspective on both threats and opportunities for ASC’s in the current landscape.

We are very much looking forward to this event hosted by WSOA Board Member Dr. Jon Keeve from Spokane, who will provide us a perspective on the current landscape of orthopaedic surgery in eastern Washington.

About Dr. Paul Pottinger:
Dr. Pottinger is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Disease at the University of Washington. He is also Director of UWMC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Director of the Infectious Disease Training Program. He directs Montlake’s clinical ID section, ID clinic, antimicrobial stewardship program, and the UW ID fellowship program.

Dr. Pottinger is frequently interviewed by state and national media regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic,

About Dr. Neal Shonnard:
Dr. Shonnard is a board certified fellowship trained senior spine surgeon in the Proliance Surgeons group. He has a community practice in Puyallup, Washington. He is a founding member of the Washington state spine surgery (Spine SCOAP) and the US Vertebral Compression Fracture Registry (Talosix VCF Registry).

His publications include research articles on orthopedic trauma reconstruction, experimental neurosurgery, Spine Registry outcomes and predictive analytics for spine surgery. Dr. Shonnard has been working together with other interested doctors to assess outcomes of spine care for all patients in Washington state, the USA, and globally.

About WSOA:
The Washington State Orthopaedic Association is 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 state, 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.


President’s Message – November 2020

Orthopaedic Surgery holds a pivotal and comprehensive role in medicine. With its unique and proven potential to allow our patients to ‘live longer, happier and more productive lives’ our specialty provides an essential service to the public.  Yet during the emergence of the CoVID -19 pandemic our specialty, together with our partners in Musculoskeletal Medicine, was a ready target for governmental access restrictions. Furthermore, this year has seen social unrest call into question many values previously taken for granted in our country. In the medical arena healthcare as a basic right delivered by an increasingly inclusive workforce to patients regardless of age, gender, race and beliefs has emerged as an indisputably important agenda. The results of these changes set in motion are impossible to predict at present, but passively sitting them out is likely not a success strategy.

To cope with these and other unpredictable challenges I hope that we Orthopaedic Surgeons as the leading experts of musculoskeletal care will rapidly close rank across subspecialties, seniority, employment models and geographic location to speak with one voice. Further, I see a real need for all of us Orthopaedic Surgeons to get effectively organized.  For this to succeed we need improved access to real time information pertinent to our specialty from various input sources nationally and on a state level.

As incoming President of the Washington State Orthopaedic Association I see this organization as ideally situated to provide all of us practitioners with a reenergized platform for effective information exchange as well as representation on a State and National levels through our newly forged collaborations with the AAOS and WSMA and other organizations. I hope you will join us at our newly developed REOP meetings which will be locally cohosted CME events around our great state starting in 2021. While in virtual format during time of the pandemic, we look forward to presenting diverse topics in an appealing interactive and time effective format throughout the coming year. Also look forward to workshops dealing with insurance, malpractice, practice management and legislative issues that we at the WSOA are looking forward to bring to your screens via digital media in the coming year. To get us started in these initiatives we are proud to have received a special grant by the AAOS to better reach all of our Orthopaedic Surgeons everywhere in Washington.

Finally, I want to take the occasion of the beginning of my term as President of the Washington State Orthopaedic Association to recognize our Immediate Past President Nick Rajacich for his tremendous efforts and decisive leadership during critical times and our Board for their unwavering dedication and vision. And I do look forward to meeting our Orthopaedic Surgeon community around the state and hope that all of you will join our WSOA movement to help us represent Orthopaedic Surgery and its positive impact on patients in the face of rapid evolving challenges.

Jens Chapman, MD
WSOA President, 2020-2021


Thank you for attending the WSOA 2020 Annual Meeting

The board would like to thank all of our speakers and attendees who joined us virtually on Thursday, September 17. We are grateful for your support!

We also want to wish a hearty congratulations to the winners of the WSOF Resident and Fellow Abstract Competition.

First Place: Jie Yao, MD, University of Washington: Reducing Opioid Quantities for Arthroscopic Debridement Procedures Does Not Result in Increased Utilization of Clinical Resources

Second Place: Derek Nhan, MD, University of Washington: Factors Associated with Success of the Ream-and-Run Arthroplasty in the Young Patient with Glenohumeral Arthritis: Minimum 5-Year Follow-Up

Third Place: Shaun Chang, MD, University of Washington: Comparing rerupture rates in primary ACL reconstruction procedures using hamstring autografts > 8.0mm and < 8.0 mm

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract and/or presented at the annual meeting!


Please Join Us for the 2020 WSOA Annual Meeting

The 2020 Washington State Orthopaedic Association Virtual Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Registration is now closed. This year’s line-up included:

  • Joseph A Bosco, III MD, FAAOS, AAOS President
  • John T. Gill, MD, FAAOS, Chairman, Orthopaedic Political Action Committee
  • John Lynch, MD, MPH, Medical Director, HMC Infection Prevention & Control
  • Alan Greenwald, MD, FAAOS, AAOS BOC Councilor
  • Sean Graham, WSMA Director of Government Affairs

View and download the full meeting schedule here.

Please join us for our first ever virtual meeting, an evening of hot topics and timely updates followed by our popular abstract competition. Registration is included in membership dues; due to the pandemic, we are waiving registration fees for non-members. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

The WSOA board has been working hard to represent the needs of orthopaedic surgeons during the pandemic, and we need your support now more than ever. We have decided to offer 50% off all dues for the remainder of 2020. Support your state orthopaedic association- join/renew today and donate to the WSOF!

2020 Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation Research Awards
Donations made to the Washington State Orthopaedic Foundation fund the Research Awards Competition. Show your support today by clicking on the button below!


AAOS COVID-19 Member Resource Center

To all of our colleagues:

The Washington State Orthopaedic Association (WSOA) wants to make sure you are aware of the AAOS COVID-19 Member Resource Center. The frequently updated page includes a variety of information, including: practice management resources, a telemedicine guide, regulatory updates, advocacy priorities and recommendations regarding elective surgery. In particular, we recommend reviewing correspondence from AAOS to congressional leadership. There is also a list of policy options for states to address COVID-19 that the AMA is compiling.

For a snapshot of state activity occurring across the country, check this Stateside COVID-19 State & Local Government Report. From activating retired physicians and licensure portability, to good Samaritan protections and seeking Section 1135 waivers, states are undertaking a variety of efforts.

Resources also include how distressed small businesses (like medical practices) can apply for loans from the Small Business Administration. Click here for a summary of the third COVID-19 Package, which just passed the House of Representatives and will soon be signed into law. Click here for the Small Business Administration loan programs one-pager that details what is available to small businesses and private practices at this time.