CHOP Ortho Chief Named VP of ABOS

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John M. Flynn, MD John M. Flynn, MD John M. “Jack” Flynn, MD, Chief of the Division of Orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was recently elected Vice President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). Dr. Flynn will serve a one-year term.

“It is a great honor to work for ABOS to both protect the public and serve the field of orthopaedic surgery,” Dr. Flynn said.

Dr. Flynn was elected to the ABOS Board of Directors in 2014 and has served as Chair of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification Committee, where he launched the web-based Longitudinal Assessment Program, which quickly became the most popular MOC option for orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Flynn also developed the Virtual Practice Evaluation, which was essential to this year’s Case-Based Examinations.

Dr. Flynn is a nationally recognized leader in the field of pediatric orthopaedic surgery and holds the Richard M. Armstrong Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at CHOP. He has served as President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Children’s Spine Study Group, run by the Children's Spine Foundation. He is also a member of several international multi-center scoliosis research networks, including the Harms Study Group, and the Growing Spine Study Group.

Dr. Flynn earned his BA from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. He completed his surgical training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program, followed by a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE. Dr. Flynn joined the CHOP Orthopaedic faculty in 1996.

About the ABOS

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. To learn more about ABOS, visit

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