Seton Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon Named Editor-in-Chief of Influential Medical Publication


AUSTIN, Texas – (March 25, 2015) – Seton Healthcare Family orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eeric Truumees is the new editor-in-chief of AAOS Now, the monthly member publication of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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The announcement was made during the organization’s annual meeting. Seton is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system.

Truumees replaces Dr. S. Terry Canale, who has served as AAOS Now editor-in-chief since the publication’s inception in 2006.

“Dr. Truumees’ appointment reflects not only his expertise and knowledge, but also how the physician enterprise throughout Ascension employs many of the best medical minds in the U.S.,” Dr. Samson Jesudass, Ascension Clinical Holdings Senior Vice President and Clinical Leader, said. “As our physician enterprise fully integrates across our ministry, best practices and processes will do so as well – to the benefit of all of us and our patients.”

Truumees is a board-certified spine surgeon who practices at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center in Austin. He graduated from college and medical school with honors from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He completed his residency training at The Cleveland Clinic and a spine fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

He has served in various AAOS leadership roles and the North American Spine Society (NASS), and has more than 14 years of editorial leadership experience, including six years as editor of the NASS publication SpineLine.

“Dr. Canale’s shoes are very big shoes to fill,” Truumees said. “It’s an exciting time, but also one with tremendous challenges.”

AAOS Now is a “unique publication in the orthopaedic world that offers updates on the science of orthopaedics, as well as the legal, political and socio-economic implications of an evolving profession. The advances in orthopaedics and health care are coming rapidly,” Truumees said. “There’s a lot to keep on top of, which is a challenge. It’s a rewarding role to help orthopaedic surgeons to sort through all of the information and to bring them what they need to know.”

Read Dr. Truumees’ article “Are major changes to orthopaedic practice coming?” in the February 2015 issue of AAOS Now.