2021 Annual Meeting

The American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons is pleased to announce our 2021 Annual Meeting, on Friday, September 3, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. 

After last year’s annual meeting was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are eager to gather once again to reconfirm our mission to promote community and fellowship among Hispanic and Latino orthopaedic surgeons and the populations we serve, and to mentor future generations of surgeons. We anticipate this year’s event will be especially meaningful for us, as we honor the memory of Richard Zapanta, MD, a longtime officer of AALOS. Dr. Zapanta’s legacy of support for medical education and service to minority communities has left an indelible mark on AALOS and orthopaedic surgery as a whole. We are delighted to welcome two Latino physicians whose work reflects Dr. Zapanta’s pursuits of service, education, research and excellence.

Jorge Orbay, MDJorge Orbay, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Orbay, who practices at the Miami Hand and Upper Extremity Institute, has served patients in southeastern Florida since 1991. Over his three decades of clinical care, Dr. Orbay has made numerous contributions to the understanding and practice of hand surgery, through his development of implant systems and novel techniques that improve surgical outcomes and patient quality of life. Dr. Orbay’s treatment of distal radius fractures changed the paradigm of the treatment of these fractures worldwide. Dr. Orbay is passionate about medical training and education, and serves as an associate clinical professor for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University.

We are also pleased to welcome Erika Flores Uribe, MD. Dr. Flores Uribe is an Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Over the past 15 months, Dr. Flores Uribe has served at the front lines of treating patients suffering from COVID-19. Her selfless service has been an inspiration to the Latino community of greater Los Angeles, and we look forward to hearing her speak about the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals at LAC+USC and the community in which she lives and serves.

Our 2019 meeting boasted record participation, and we are excited to carry this momentum forward to this year's meeting. We are hopeful you will be able to join us at this year’s event.