History

A group of concerned members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have worked with the leadership in the AAOS to advance the ideals of ethnic and gender diversity in our profession. The J. Robert Gladden Society (JRGOS) has evolved from this and other roots in the African-American orthopaedic community. Our society emphasizes education and the development of the practice of culturally competent medicine. Our goal is to eliminate ethnic disparities in health care. Simply stated, the JRGOS stresses the need for minority orthopaedic surgeons to work collaboratively to address important patient and educational concerns. The JRGOS is housed with twenty-two other orthopaedic specialty societies at the headquarter office of the AAOS in Rosemont, Illinois. Founding members of the society include: E. Trent Andrews, MD, Alvin H. Crawford, MD, Charles H. Epps, Jr., MD, James A. Hill, MD, Randall C. Morgan, MD, Raymond O. Pierce, Jr., MD, E. Anthony Rankin, MD, Claudia L. Thomas, MD, Donald Sanders, MD, Timothy L. Stephens, MD, Lance Weaver, MD, and Augustus A. White, III, MD. An initial project of the JRGOS was their involvement with the publication and distribution of the Academic Orthopaedic Society's symposium on minorities entitled, "Issues of Minorities in Medicine and Orthopaedics." At this time, we are in dialogue with the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and the AAOS Diversity Committee in an effort to increase our effectiveness. In the future the JRGOS will continue to support activities as they relate to education of surgeons and patients, health care policy and medical research.