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Rick Wright

American Orthopaedic Association


Dr. Wright is the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Executive Vice Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri.


Dr. Wright did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and also attended medical school there. He then pursued a sports medicine fellowship at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center. He subsequently began his practice in St. Louis and has been at Washington University since.


An AOA member since 2003, Dr. Wright has served on the Executive Committee as a lay delegate, Program Chairman for the 2012 Annual Meeting, as Treasurer 2013–2016 and then joined the Presidential Line in 2016.


Dr. Wright has been an active member of many medical organizations and served on a variety of committees for the AAOS and AOSSM.


He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Wright has over 200 publications. He is a founding member of the MOON (Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcome Network) Research Group and is the NIH-funded principal investigator for the MARS (Multicenter ACL Revision Study) Research Group. He has received numerous research awards and honors including the AOSSM Cabaud Memorial Award, and O’Donoghue Clinical Research Award, Palma Chironis Teaching Award, and the Lee T. Ford MD Award for Academic Achievement.


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