Dr. Michael Gratch to Lead Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) recently inducted its 57th president when Lancaster native Michael Gratch, MD took the reins at the Society’s annual fall meeting in Pittsburgh.
“We are in the midst of a changing healthcare environment and I look forward to leading the Society through these challenges. By continuing the legacy of POS past and present leaders, I plan to advance the Society’s mission of promoting excellence in orthopaedic medicine by providing quality educational programs and being a strong patient and physician advocate in state government,”
“Additional provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will take effect soon,” stated Gratch. “It is important that orthopaedic surgeons – whether employed by hospitals, large multi-specialty groups, or in private practice – recognize the difficult issues that will arise in the very near future. New regulations and changing payment systems will impact ALL surgeons.”
“The Society serves as a strong patient and physician advocate in the Commonwealth and to reinforce this position, POS maintains on-going interaction with state government officials,” stated Dr. Gratch. “On the national level, our organization works closely with the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons to communicate concerns regarding healthcare reform to members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation”.
“Probably one of the greatest challenges of organizations today is attracting new members. While many organizations have seen membership numbers drop, POS has maintained a consistent member base,” Dr. Gratch noted. “And on the heels of our recent successful resident program, POS will continue to educate and familiarize young orthopaedists with clinical, socio-economic, and legislative issues facing our profession.”
In addition to his position with POS, Dr. Gratch is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Eastern Orthopaedic Association and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society to name a few. Dr. Gratch plays an active role at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital where he serves as the Director of Spine Surgery at the Human Motion Institute.
Dr. Gratch received his medical degree and completed his residency with honors at Temple University School of Medicine. After completing his spine surgery fellowship at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, he made the decision to return to the Philadelphia area to practice orthopaedics. Dr. Gratch serves in various clinical instructor roles including spine surgery training at both Temple and Drexel University orthopaedic residency programs. He also serves as basketball coach for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Doylestown.
POS is a professional medical specialty organization representing more than 1000 orthopaedic surgeons across Pennsylvania in advocating for excellence in the practice of orthopaedic medicine. For more information on the importance of bone, joint and muscle health at every age, visit the POS website at www.paorthosociety.org.
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