John Marzo, M.D. and Les Bisson, M.D. both serve as faculty to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). The AOSSM Traveling Fellow Program is offering an Academic Program on June 14-15, 2011 at the Queen’s Landing Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Both physicians will make presentations at the Academic Session on June 15; Dr. Bisson will speak on “Rotator Cuff Repair: Best Evidence”, and Dr. Marzo’s topic is “Repair of Meniscus Root Tears”.
The original idea of a Sports Medicine Traveling Fellowship was conceived by John Feagin, M.D. and Werner Mueller, M.D. in Basel, Switzerland in 1984. The idea was to “develop academic leadership within the field of sports medicine”. In 1985, their thoughts and ideas came to fruition and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) formally began a Traveling Fellowship for sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons in Europe and North America.
Since its inception in 1985, the Traveling Fellowship Program has given nearly 200 international sports medicine orthopaedists the opportunity to form global alliances, foster scientific and cultural exchanges and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
The traveling fellowship program is an annual scientific and cultural exchange among orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
Three fellows are selected to visit foreign sports medicine centers for four weeks, and are accompanied by a “Godparent”, a well-known senior orthopaedic sports medicine specialist selected by the President of the national sports medicine organization sending the fellows.
Fellows from North America annually alternate traveling to Europe, Asia-Pacific, or Latin America. In alternate years, fellows from those regions travel to North America.