Estimados miembros de la AFA: Junio 2007

Tenemos planeadas algunas actividades para el año 2007 en las cuales esperamos que puedan participar, es importante que los miembros sean activos. Durante el Meeting Anual de la AAOS en San Diego, California, la presidenta de la AFA, Dra. Diana Carr ha llamado para una Reunion de la Mesa Ejecutiva y Miembros en General a un desayuno tipo Buffet para efectuarse en el Hotel Milton Gaslamp Quarter , localizado en la Calle K Numero 401, San Diego Califoernia, a las 7:30 AM.

La duracion sera hasta que todos los puntos de la Agenda sean tratados. Este desayuno sera gratis para los miembros Activos y los Emeritos. La fecha del evento es Viernes 16 de Febrero del 2007.

Al final del Verano, en fecha Septiembre 5 a 8 del 2007, el Meting o reunion Anual de la AFA se celebrara en conjuncion con el evento Anual del la Sociedad Latino Americana de Ortopedia y Traumatología (que es una Organización muy grande) en la Ciudad de Mejico, DF.

Esperamos que Ud y su Familia puedan participar en este evento el presidente de esta Reunion lo sera el Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez Hernadez de Miami. Participe con nosotros, esta es tu Asociación. Para cualquiera información pueden llamar al telefono de la AFA 254-893-2098, Fax 254-983-5684 o E-mail

A. E. Pino MD, secretario AFA

To: Members of the AFA and Friends

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is getting close. As most of you already know this year event is to be held in Chicago , IL . At the Mc McCormick Place Conference Center. Wednesday, March 22, to March 26 Saturday, 2006.

As we have done in previous years during the annual meeting of the Academy the AFA will have the Board of Governors meeting.

We were lucky to finally been approved to have our exhibit with the Academy. The AFA exhibit will be open Wednesday the 22 to Friday the 26 of March at the regular hours of the meeting. Dr. Judy Wright will be in charge of the exhibit with Dr. Alfonso E. Pino and Dr. Jose G. Ramon. Again this is very important for us due to the exposure and the possibility to make the orthopedic community aware of the AFA, and provide written and visual propaganda of the next coming meeting in conjunction with the International Collage of Surgeons in Nashville , TN , June the 21-24, 2006 at the Hilton Downtown.

I am calling for a meeting of the Board of Governors of the AFA on Thursday the 23 of March at 7:00 AM TO 8:00 AM that will be followed by a general meeting of members of the AFA. This will be held at the ”WESTIN Chicago City Center Hotel” Located at 172 W Adams St, between, La Salle and Wells ST, Chicago, IL.

The second part of the meeting will be a working breakfast that will be free for all members that have paid the $ 200 dues of the year 2006. You will have the opportunity to pay your dues on site.

The agenda for this event will be provided in advanced to all members

During this breakfast we will have the pleasure to have Laura Tosi MD speaking to us from the Academy in the subject of New Medicare Osteoporosis Guidelines for 20 minutes or so.

The Web site of the AFA is been prepared now and will be available in a Bilingual format (English-Spanish) by the end of February. This will be very interesting for the academic members due to the interactive possibilities of this site. Latin American Counterparts will be capable to place questions and ask for guidance in interesting and difficult cases. This will make us one of the first sources of information to 38,000 orthopedics in South and Central America and there is no dough that numerous members' applications will follow.

See you in Chicago
Diana D, Carr MD
President AFA



The meeting was called to order at 7: 00 AM by the president of the AFA, Diana D. Carr, MD. Present during this meeting were members: Jose G. Ramón, Alfonso E. Pino, MD, Judy Wright, MD, John Wright, MD, Diana Carr, MD Lenox Amow, MD, Steven Rabin MD, Eduardo Gonzalez Hernandez, MD, James P. Elms, MD Phillip Ireland, MD. Via phone Line Dr. Geofrey Miller was in communication.

Members by proxy: Jose Hernandez, MD Jorge Ruiz, MD Arnaldo Lopez, MD Rolando Jorge, MD, Arnold Valenson, MD Muhamud Hafez, MD.

Minutes of the previous meeting in Acapulco , June 2005 were available for evaluation and acceptance by the board members and the president. No corrections were needed.

President's report was presented to the board members present. The work done by Diana Carr and G. Miller in reference to recuperate the documents of the AFA from the prior president Dr. Dana Seltzer was outstanding. All boxes containing these documents are in the domain of DR. Carr in Sebring , FL . safe at last. A complete list of members with E-mail address is almost done. This will greatly decrease the task of mailing.

Dr. Ramón presented an economical status of the AFA, including the monies obtained by member's dues, and the monies that came from the account of the AFA in Arizona . As of 3-22-06 The AFA total funds are $93,368.50, an increase of $15,191.70 from previous months. We must congratulate Dr. Ramon for this accomplishment.

The treasurer recommended to be frugal in the expenses because the amount of money collected from dues is not very large and if we take the route to be as we did before in complete responsibility for the annual AFA meeting, significant expenses will occur.

There was unanimous recommendation to joint the Latin American Society of Orthopedic and Traumatology (SLAOT) in September 2007at Mexico City if the meeting of the Board of the SLAOT tomorrow this motion is granted. Dr. Ramón is the president of the of the USA section of the SLAOT and Dr. Pino is the secretary, using this as a leverage we plan to obtain an approval for the joint meeting which will save a great deal of money. The AAOS will have significant presence in this event. Dr. Rabin and Dr. Carr are to make contacts with the Academy in such a way that our work is in cooperation with all parties involved

A new member submitted his application for membership Dr. Diwakar Pulisetty which is a partner of Dr. Ramón

The cost of the AFA board meeting, and the general and guest breakfast meeting is being shared with the sponsor Hand Innovations. This company was recently sold to De Puy and was previously owned by Dr. J. Orbay an AFA board Member.

Dr. Carr will start immediately requesting the Exhibit for the AFA in the AAOS annual meeting for the 2007. This event will be held at San Diego , CA .

The Annual Meeting of the AFA will be held in June 2006 at the Hilton Downtown, Nashville , TN. All arrangements have been made with the International Collage of Surgeons. We will have a full morning on Friday, June 23, 2006 . Following the academic program a General Membership meeting will follow. The Board will meet on June 22, 2006 , Thursday evening. Time and place of the AFA Board meeting will be distributed later. We will present 10 lectures. Some more applications for membership will be sent, among them, Dr. Maxine Cole from Coffeeville, KA.

The general impression is that the bad times of a year ago are over with the continued hard work and dedication of our members, the AFA is alive and well again.

The meeting was adjourn to continue with the breakfast lecture.

We will circulate the minutes of this meeting among the members.

Alfonso E. Pino MD (Secretary AFA )

Drs. Amow, Wright & Ramon at the Board Meeting in Chicago
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