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HRRMC surgeon elected president of international organization

Robert Hunter, M.D., director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, was named president of The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) at the association’s annual meeting in Denver on May 20. Dr. Hunter will serve for one year as president and then an additional two years on the executive committee.Robert Hunter, M.D., (L) at his induction as president of The Arthroscopy Association of North America with past AANA president John Richmond, M.D.

“Being elected president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America is the greatest honor I have received in my orthopedic career,” said Dr. Hunter. “I follow in the footsteps of real giants in the subspecialty of arthroscopic surgery and will do all I can to represent AANA with the respect and effort it deserves. I am very proud to represent Colorado and my hometown of Salida.”

Dr. Hunter has been an AANA member for more than 30 years. He has served on the board of directors twice and on the executive committee as treasurer, second vice president and first vice president. He has also worked on a number of committees, including as chairman of the fellowship and development committees

Over the years, Dr. Hunter has represented AANA as a lecturer at many international academic conferences in South America, Europe, Asia and across the United States. Through AANA, he has also been instrumental in developing an annual course that provides military orthopedic surgeons with cutting edge, hands-on experience with the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques.

The AANA was formed in 1981 with the mission to develop, teach and promote arthroscopic surgery and related procedures for virtually all joints in the upper and lower extremities. It is the premier arthroscopic association representing Canada, the U.S. and Mexico and has over 4,000 members.

Dr. Hunter is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in treating knee and shoulder conditions. He has been selected year after year by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

His office is located at the HRRMC Medical Clinics, 550 W. Hwy. 50, Salida. For more information about Dr. Hunter’s practice, call (719) 530-2000.