Susan M. Oster, CAE, Joins AOFAS as Executive Director

Healthcare association executive assumes leadership role for orthopaedic foot and ankle group

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 2, 2016)  The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the leading organization for lower extremity medicine and foot and ankle surgery, has welcomed Susan M. Oster, CAE, as its new executive director.
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Susan M. Oster, CAE
Oster fills a vacancy created by the departure of  Lousanne “Zan” Lofgren, CAE, who will transition to independent consulting work after 10 years as AOFAS executive director. Oster was chosen after a national search and selection process.
“We are pleased to welcome Susan to the AOFAS,” says Mark Easley, MD, AOFAS president. “Among her many attributes, the AOFAS Search Committee was impressed with her commitment to excellence, resourcefulness and team-building skills, as well as a natural ability to help those around her achieve their goals. We are confident Susan is the ideal person to provide the type of outstanding AOFAS leadership that we have had from Zan Lofgren.” 
Oster brings 19 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare associations. She comes from the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA), where she served as executive director for 10 years. Prior to the IPA, Oster was vice president of administration for the American College of Healthcare Executives, deputy executive director of administration for the Emergency Nurses Association, and executive director of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association. Her experience also includes three years as an account executive for Smith Bucklin & Associates.
Oster earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MA in Counseling/Human Development and Higher Education from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Purdue University. She is a Certified Association Executive.
About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage foot and ankle trauma. 

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