Keynote Speakers

Thomas P. Sculco, MD

Dr. Thomas Sculco was Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery from 2003-2014 and is currently Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus.  He is also Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. 

Dr. Sculco’s research interests are currently centered on improvements in surgical technique and preventing failure of hip and knee implants.  He has recently created a Complex Joint Replacement Center to improve outcomes and promote basic and clinical research in these most complex patients.  He serves as the Director of this Center.  He has been awarded both the Otto Aufranc and the Charnley Award from the Hip Society for his work with Thrombogenesis in Total Hip Replacement.  He has received the Arthritis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is the first American to be elected as an Honorary Member of the Austrian Orthopaedic Society and has also been named an Honorary Member of the Hellenic Orthopaedic Society.  Dr. Sculco was awarded the Humes Professorship in Salzburg, Austria.  In 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award for Clinical Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 2013 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art.

He has written over 350 papers, 88 chapters, three books on orthopedic surgery and the surgical treatment of arthritis and has presented over 750 papers. 

Dr. Sculco founded the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers and served as Executive Director for 10 years.  He also founded the VA Orthopaedic Society and was a founding member of the Knee Society, served as Treasurer in 2006 and President in 2016.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Knee Society. Dr. Sculco served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and currently on the Board of Trustees of the Arthritis Foundation.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall.  Dr. Sculco was the honoree at the Columbus Day Parade in 2011.  He is a Board Member of Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Robert Gladden Society both affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is past President of the New York Medical Surgical Society. 

John R. Dimar, MD

Dr. Dimar completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Lutheran Hospital in Indiana and spent the last 6 months of residency at the Leatherman Spine Center completing a spinal externship. He then served at the regional USAF hospital in Minot, North Dakota as the Chief of Orthopedics, Surgery and as an Assistant Hospital Commander. Upon completing his tour of active duty he returned to Louisville, Kentucky to do a Leatherman Spine Center Fellowship, subsequently joining the Leatherman Spine Center in 1991. He is a member of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Louisville where he serves as a Clinical Professor. He also is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Norton’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dimar is actively involved in numerous national orthopedic & spinal Societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Scoliosis Research Society, where he is a Board Member and Education Council Chair, the Federation of Spine Associations, where his is the past president, the North American Spine Society, and the SRS, where he serves as the Education Council Chair. Dr. Dimar is a Nationally known Spine Surgeon and Speaks at Educational Meetings both in the United States and Internationally about a variety of spinal treatment techniques and topics. He has been awarded numerous national awards for best basic science and clinical research papers.

Dr. Dimar has lectured at many national and international annual spine meetings, spine conferences and resident grand rounds as well as authored several published articles.

His research interests include; spine trauma and spinal cord injury, biologics/bone healing, spinal instrumentation development, clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, spondylolisthesis, and spinal deformity.

Dr. Dimar's clinical interests include; pediatric deformity, cervical & lumbar stenosis, adult deformity and degenerative disease, spine tumors & infections, spine trauma, and complex cervical and lumbar spinal disease.

Joseph Hsu, MD

Joseph R. Hsu, MD is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Joe was an Honor Graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1994.

Dr. Hsu completed medical school, residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, and fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Tulane University and Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He also completed Limb Deformity fellowships in Lecco, Italy and Kurgan, Russia.

Dr. Hsu served in the US Army and deployed in 2006 to Baghdad, Iraq. He spent the majority of his military career trying to optimize outcomes for limb reconstruction patients. He has translated that work to the civilian sector. Dr. Hsu has also focused his research and quality efforts on opioid prescribing safety and non-opioid strategies for pain management.

 Joe had the honor of participating in the American Orthopaedic Association ABC Traveling Fellowship in 2017. Dr. Hsu now lives in Charlotte, North Caroline, and is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma at Carolinas Medical Center, Director of the Limb Lengthening and Deformity Service, and Vice Chair of Quality for the Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute.