Posted on: November 3, 2016
On March 2, 2016, William A. Jiranek, MD ’85, FACS took office as the 26th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the Board of Directors meeting in Orlando.
Dr. Jiranek is Chief of Adult Reconstruction in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of Musculoskeletal Health in the Neuro-skeletal Center for Health and Performance and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU Health).
Dr. Jiranek began his association with VCU Health in 1992 – working first as clinical faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as a full-time Associate Professor in 2004 and as a Professor in 2009. He helped establish the molecular section of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in 1998 and the fellowship in Adult Reconstruction in 2003. He continues to mentor medical students, orthopaedic residents and PhD candidates in orthopaedic research.
Dr. Jiranek served previously as Chair of the AAHKS Membership and Publications committees. He has served as Hip Program Chair for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and has also served on the Biologic Implants Committee, and the CME Committees. He was President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) in 2014-2015 during its inaugural year in the newly-constructed Orthopaedic Headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. He is an active member of The Hip Society, The Knee Society and the American Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Jiranek has concentrated his practice on the treatment of hip and knee joint disorders. In addition to hip and knee replacements, he also performs early intervention surgeries such as pelvic, femoral, and tibial osteotomies, hip arthroscopies, and allograft transplantation.
He has remained active in clinical and basic science research with primary research interests in the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection, mechanisms of periprosthetic fracture, and immune response to biomaterials. He has published over 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and reviews. Dr. Jiranek served as a section editor for Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) since 2004, and currently serves as a reviewer for six orthopaedic journals.
Dr. Jiranek has provided leadership on a local level by serving as the President of the Richmond Orthopaedic Club, as well as President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society. Along with other joint surgeons in the state, he established The Virginia Joint Registry (VJR), a 501 (c)(3) corporation formed to provide surveillance of joint replacements done in the state, and has served as its President since 2004.