Calipari, Johnson Speak at Annual Southern Orthopaedic Association Meeting

his year’s Southern Orthopaedic Association meeting brought a lot of the Big Blue Nation to gator country. The annual meeting gives orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors the opportunity to meet and learn about advancements in the field. The meeting took place July 27-30 in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Darren Johnson, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, is currently serving as the president of the association, the first orthopaedic surgeon from Kentucky to be elected to the position. “It’s exciting for our state, its nice to be recognized, said Johnson. Dr. Scott Mair, UK professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, also served as the association program chair; and UK men’s basketball Coach John Calipari was the presidential guest speaker at the meeting.

Calipari’s speech was titled, “Players First.” His emphasis on leadership and getting players to focus on working as a team inspired Johnson’s speech, titled, “Patients First, Doctoring from the Inside Out.” Johnson emphasized that care should be patient focused. In addition to listening to Calipari, attendees were given copies for his book, Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out.

Johnson has been working in sports medicine for 23 years and came to work at UK in 1992.

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