New Board Members Take Office

Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, Becomes 38th President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Dallas, TX—The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) welcomed Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, as the 38th president during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX as well as other members stepping into new roles.

Dr. Kocher is the Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and the O’Donnell Family Endowed Chair at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. 
His clinical practice focuses on pediatric sports medicine and pediatric orthopaedic trauma. He has developed novel techniques for meniscus transplantation in children, growth plate sparing ACL reconstruction, patellofemoral stabilization, hip arthroscopy in children, and peroneal tendon subluxation repair. He is the team physician for numerous high schools, colleges, and U.S. Olympic teams. Dr. Kocher has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific AmericanSan Francisco ChronicleBoston GlobeWall Street JournalChicago HeraldABC World News with Diane Sawyer, HBO Real Sports, and Sports Illustrated.
As a leader, Dr. Kocher is a Division Chief and on the Physician Organization Board at Boston Children’s Hospital. He served on the board of directors of AAOS and AOSSM. He founded and served as the second President of PRISM. He is an elected member of IPOTT, Herodicus Society, and the 20th Century Orthopaedic Association. Within POSNA, he has served on multiple committees and on the board of directors twice as at-large member and research council chair. 

Dr. Kocher says: “The mantra of this year for POSNA is “getting back on our feet!” The last two years have been challenging with the transition from being managed by the AAOS to independent management led adeptly by former president Steven Albanese, MD, and then managing the disruptions of the COVID pandemic led deftly by previous president Michael Vitale, MD. I look forward to returning to our strategic plan as we emerge from the pandemic while maintaining the special culture that is POSNA.” 
POSNA welcomes new board members:

Vice President - Dan Sucato, MD, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; Treasurer-Elect - Don Bae, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital; Member at Large - Emily Dodwell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery; Member at Large - Sumeet Garg, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado; Member at Large - Rachel Goldstein, MD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Communications Council Chair - Corinna Franklin, MD, Shriner’s Hospital for Children; Quality Safety Value Council Chair - Brian Brighton, MD, MPH, OrthoCarolina; and Historian - Scott Rosenfeld, MD, Texas Children’s Hospital.

POSNA thanks the following outgoing board members for their dedication and service: Steve Frick, MD, Stanford Children’s Health; Jonathan Schoenecker, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland; Samantha Spencer, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital; Robert Cho, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, Shriners for Children Medical Center; Kevin Shea, MD, Stanford Children’s Health; and William Shaughnessy, MD, Mayo Clinic.
About POSNA:

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) is a not-for-profit professional organization of over 1500 surgeons, physicians, and allied health members passionately dedicated to advancing musculoskeletal care for children and adolescents through education, research, quality, safety and value initiatives, advocacy, and global outreach to children in underserved areas.