Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Michael S. Bednar, MD, chief of hand surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Stritch School of Medicine has been named President-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

Dr. Bednar will become president in October of 2020. He was first elected to the ABOS Board in 2014, and has previously served as Chair of ABOS' Written Examination Committee. Dr. Bednar earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University. He also completed a fellowship in hand surgery from the Indiana Hand Center.

Due to the skills of Dr. Bednar and his fellow orthopaedic surgeons, Loyola Medicine was named to Becker's Hospital Review’s 2018 list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopaedic Programs. In addition, Blue Cross Blue Shield recognized Loyola's spine surgery and hip and knee replacement programs as Blue Distinction Centers+.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at