3-D printing among hot topics at AAOS Annual Meeting

3410e37This year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting was held in Orlando, Fla., USA, for the first time in 16 years. As an international member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, I have attended nearly all its meetings since 1988, only missing one or two.

In my younger days as a trainee, I mainly used this meeting for my annual update of knowledge and to identify new treatments for and trends in the management of hip arthroplasty patients. Because this meeting held for me an enormous amount of possibilities for education in a specific subspecialty area, it became my “base” for education. In my senior career, I mainly use the meeting to conduct my professional business with leaders in different areas of orthopaedics because “everybody” shows up at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting and you can get meetings organized, decisions made and future plans discussed.

Besides my different business meetings this year, I specifically looked at areas that were new to me, as if I were a young trainee in need of education. I found three areas of particular interest.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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