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Jeung Tak Suh, MD, PhD
(The 60th President of the Korean Orthopaedic Association)

Dear respected members of the Advisory Committee and esteemed colleagues,

I am humbly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the President of the Korean Orthopaedic Association (KOA). At the same time, I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility.

Since founded in 1956, KOA has grown into a large organization with a membership of around 7,600. In addition, it has been recognized as one of the 5 prominent academic organizations in the field of orthopedic surgery in terms of the number of publications in prestigious international journals. I believe this would have been impossible without 60 years of passion and commitment of the Advisory Committee members and all members of KOA.

I would like to express my gratitude to the former President, Sung-Jae Kim, former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ki-Tack Kim, former Secretary and Treasurer, Bi O Jeong, and all members of the Board of Directors who have tirelessly led KOA and successfully organized the 60th anniversary for the past 1 year. With support of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Goo Hyun Baek, and Secretary and Treasurer, Young Ho Lee, I will dedicate myself to laying the foundation for the 100th anniversary of the organization.

Let me briefly explain the tasks that I will focus on during my term as the President of KOA.

First, I will continue to deepen and broaden relationships with the world renowned academics from Asia, US, and Europe who were invited to the 60th anniversary conference with a goal of enhancing recognition of the organization in the international academic community.

Second, I will strive for the improvement of the distorted medical payment system and advancement of the interests of members of KOA. The current medical payment system devised in response to the government’s restriction on selective medical service threatens the existence of the organization.

Third, I will promote systematic, reasonable, and transparent management of the organization relocated near Seoul station and lend an attentive ear to the voices of KOA members.

Fourth, I will make efforts to provide enhanced public health education related to orthopedic surgery in spite of the unfavorable medical environment and continuously promote public relations through the media.

Fifth, I will maintain continuity in the management of the organization’s major projects initiated by the predecessors.

Dear respected members of the Advisory Committee and esteemed colleagues,

I will try my best to cultivate a family-like environment in this organization and stay open to your thoughts and views. I look forward to your undivided attention, participation, and guidance.

Thank you