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Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) evalutates minority representation in total joint arthroplasty and identify opportunities to support programs targeting minority patients and surgeons.

Diversity Advisory Board

To take an active stance in addressing the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the specialty of hip and knee care, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons created a Diversity Advisory Board (DAB), which would be a resource for increasing diversity and inclusion among the membership and leadership of the organization. 

Objectives: 

  • Increasdiversity among AAHKS membership  
  • Build mentorship programs for minority students, residents, fellows and attending surgeons
  • Provide a venue to encourage academic and personal growth for minorities in total joint arthroplasty
  • Prepare those with leadership aspirations for such opportunities within AAHKS

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The DAB shall serve as a steering group to oversee programs that provide mentorship, professionadevelopment, and engagement fothe diverse membership of AAHKS.  

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Alex Betech, MD

Alex Betech, MD
Assistant Professor
Dept. Orthopedic Surgery
LSU Health Science Center
 

Dr. Alex Betech is from Mexico City, where he received his medical degree. After he completed a General Surgery internship, a research fellowship in Orthopaedics, and a Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction fellowship in the US, he returned to Mexico to complete his Orthopedic Surgery residency. He came back to the US to complete two more fellowships in Pediatric Orthopedics and Adult Reconstruction. 

He currently has an appointment as Associate Professor in Orthopedics at the Louisiana State University, where he focuses in Adult Reconstruction including primary hip and knee replacements and complex revision cases.  

Muyibat Adelani, MD

Muyibat Adelani, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Washington University

Muyibat Adelani, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri who specializes in the management of hip and knee problems, including hip and knee replacement surgery

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and her medical degree at Vanderbilt University. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis and a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at Stanford University.   

Obinna Adigweme, MD, MS

Obi Adigweme
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Obi Adigweme completed orthopaedic surgery residency at Orlando Health. He then completed adult reconstruction fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Adigweme is in private practice in Orlando, FL.

He is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and faculty preceptor for Orlando Health orthopaedic residency program.  

Rikesh Patel, MD

 

Rikesh Patel, MD
Adult Reconstruction
University Hospitals

Dr. Rikesh Patel is currently in practice specializing in adult reconstruction at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. He really enjoys the education of residents and working on quality improvement projects.

Dr. Patel is originally from Chicago. His parents were immigrants from India and both he and his sister grew up to become physicians. When he’s not working, he enjoys making pizzas, road biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Sharon Walton, MD

Sharon Walton, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center 

Sharon Walton, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Walton holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she also completed a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency.

She received advanced training in adult reconstruction/total joint replacement through a fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases.  

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