Young Arthroplasty Group (YAG)

Thank you to the nearly 300 young surgeons who have already joined the YAG. If you are an arthroplasty resident, fellow or within your first five years of practice, and would like to join the group, click the button below.
Join YAG

The AAHKS Young Arthroplasty Group (YAG) has been formed and charged with connecting young arthroplasty surgeons who are less than five years in practice. YAG promotes collaboration and young surgeon activity within AAHKS with particular focus on research, leadership and advocacy.

AAHKS leadership created the Young Arthroplasty Group Committee to direct the work of the group and has populated the committee with energetic surgeons who are eager to help the group grow and offer our members meaningful benefits. The committee is comprised of a chair, vice-chair, two AAHKS leadership line representatives, and five liaisons. Committee positions are either one or two-year terms, and will be repopulated through the AAHKS committee appointment program.


Recent Accomplishments

  • In its first two years the group has grown to more than 400 members, with 38% of member reporting that they are in practice, 36% in residency and 24% in fellowship. Of those in practice, a quarter are in an academic setting, 39% in private practice and 21% in a hybrid model.
  • YAG members have contributed as faculty to the Resident Arthroplasty and Business of Joint Replacement courses at the AAHKS Annual Meeting.
  • YAG members participated in the AAHKS Legislative Retreat in Washington, DC, meeting with members of Congress to discuss important issues related to the care of total joint patients.
  • YAG members have contributed greatly to the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee, raising their participation by 50% from May to October 2019.
  • In the Fall 2019 AAHKS FARE Grant cycle, YAG members comprised 14% of applicants and one of five finalists was a YAG member.
  • YAG has also contributed to the AAHKS Amplified podcast, listen today!

YAG Committee Members

Nicholas B. Frisch, MD, MBA, Chair
Chad A. Kreuger, MD, Vice-Chair
Brian M. Culp, MD, Past Chair
Anna R. Cohen-Rosenblum, MD, Secretary
Vinay K. Aggarwal, MD
Jenna A. Bernstein, MD
Leonard T. Buller, MD
David C. Landy, MD, PhD
Kevin A. Sonn, MD
Savyasachi C. Thakker, MD
Jesse I. Wolfstadt, MD

Rikesh Patel, DO, Diversity Advisory Board Liaison
Jay R. Lieberman, MD, Leadership Liaison

Educational Primers

Health Policy Fellowship

One of the most important efforts currently for AAHKS is in the realm of advocacy. One great opportunity that exists for our young surgeons is the AAHKS Health Policy Fellowship. This two-year fellowship provides hands-on experience with both national health policy and AAHKS Leadership activities. For those who have already participated, the fellowship has been an eye-opening and invaluable experience. Click here for more information and how to apply!



Another vital advocacy resource for our members is the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which acts as our political action voice on Capitol Hill. Contributing to this PAC has many benefits and, as a group of young surgeons, we have an opportunity make a difference now and far into the future. We encourage our group members to consider a contribution. Signing up is easy, and every contribution counts! Click here for more information, or text the word AAHKS to 41444 to give now. Any amount of contribution helps!

The PAC has also developed a Resident Toolkit, which provides input on issues, benefits of giving to the PAC, presentations that can be used to recruit your fellow residents, and information on the Future’s Capitol Club for Residents, which provides the benefits of the Capitol Club at a discounted rate. As the PAC states, “Every orthopaedist has an important role in our advocacy efforts regardless of whether you are at the beginning or end of your career. Residents offer fresh new perspectives on the challenges we face and your involvement sets a strong precedent for those around you. Simply put, we need each and every current and future member of AAOS to belong to the PAC and our ability to achieve our advocacy goals will be unparalleled!”

AAHKS is a member of the PAC’s Advisor Circle at the highest level, learn more.