May 2nd - 4th, 2018

Paris, France


Who else is coming » Richard Peterson

General Counsel
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Richard N. Peterson (“Rick”) is the General Counsel of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a position he has held since January 1988.  In this capacity, he directs the legal affairs of the Academy and its parallel organization, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.   


Mr. Peterson is responsible for monitoring the litigation activities of the AAOS (as a plaintiff, defendant or as an amicus curiae), and for advising the Board of Directors and executive management on all legal, regulatory and related matters affecting the organizations.  He also advises the AAOS and its membership regarding the major legal issues affecting the practice of orthopaedic surgery.  He is a frequent author and speaker on medico-legal matters.      


Mr. Peterson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, with honors and a major in History.  He holds a Masters of Health Care Administration (MHA) and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  While in law school, he served as Primary Editor of the Urban Law Annual and as a participant in the Midwest Regional Moot Court competition.  


Prior to his employment by the Academy, Mr. Peterson was a Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Richard A. Gephardt (D - MO), Washington DC; Administrative/Legal Resident at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI; Staff Attorney at the American Hospital Association, Chicago IL; and Assistant University Counsel (Health Affairs) at the Chicago medical campus of the University of Illinois. 


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