2019 Annual Meeting

Sandestin hotel photoHilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort 
Miramar Beach, Florida 
April 10-14, 2019

NOTE: The meeting is in the Destin, Florida area. There is also a Miramar, Florida located by Miami--this is not the MAOA meeting location. Refer to the airport codes below for access to Miramar Beach, Florida. 


The deadline for abstract submission for the 2019 Annual Meeting has passed (July 2, 2018).


To register for the 2019 Annual Meeting, including the Trauma pre-course, CLICK HERE. You can also register for optional activities (golf and tennis tournament and tours)--see descriptions below--when completing your meeting registration.


The 2019 Annual Meeting preliminary program is available to VIEW HERE.


The MAOA group room rate is no longer available because the March 8th deadline has passed. Rooms are still available, though, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort.  CLICK HERE to reserve your hotel room or call the Hilton Sandestin Reservations at 850-267-9500.

MAOA is excited to announce that the April 10-14, 2019, Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, a new destination for the Mid-America meeting. The Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort is the largest full-service beachfront resort on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Hilton is a great family destination with plenty of activities for all. The MAOA group rate includes junior suites that come with bunk beds in a small private alcove. Children of all ages and adults are sure to enjoy this location.  

Visit the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort web site for additional information about the resort and great tips about the area.


IMPORTANT – The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort is in Miramar Beach, Florida – the Northwest coast of Florida (panhandle area).  

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort area can be accessed by using the following airports:

  • Fort Walton Beach (Airport code VPS) – 24 miles to resort
  • Panama City (Airport code ECP) – 40 miles to resort
  • Pensacola Regional Municipal (Airport code PNS) – 65 miles to resort

Individuals can arrange their own transportation to/from the hotel by rental car, taxi, Uber, or Lyft. 


A pre-meeting course will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Case-Based Controversies in Orthopedic Trauma).  Dr. Justin Siebler, Chair of the pre-meeting course, has put together an excellent course you won't want to miss.  2019 pre-meeting agenda

The Thursday-Saturday portion of the MAOA 2019 Annual Meeting will include instructional courses, plenary sessions, symposia, ask the expert session, breakout subspecialty oriented sessions, and posters.  Meeting in Brief schedule

Dr. Carlos Higuera, 2019 Program Chair, and the 2018-2019 Program Committee have put together an outstanding program for the 2019 Annual Meeting.  Some highlights:

  • Ask the Expert and Case Discussions on Thursday, April 11, 2019, during the Plenary Session.  Two topics will be offered: "How Do I Deal with Hip Instability?" and "From Native Septic Joints to Chronic PJI"
  • Symposia during each Plenary Session.  The topics (State Regulations and Opioids - How Can We Still Manage Pain?; Emerging Trends in Health Care; and How to Transition to Elective Ambulatory Arthroplasty - Words of Experience) will be presented by a 2-3 person panel who are experts in that particular field.
  • Spotlight lectures scheduled during the breakout sessions.  An expert in that particular breakout session will present a short talk, in addition to  the regularly-scheduled talks.
  • Resident Quiz Bowl--all residents are invited to form a two-person team for this lively competition on Saturday morning.

A list of all talks and posters being presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting can be viewed here:

2019 PODIUM schedule                     2019 POSTER schedule


Click here for audiovisual information for the 2019 talks. Podium presenters have already been confirmed.


Click here for general information and instructions for displaying scientific posters at the 2019 meeting.  Poster presenters have already been confirmed.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 26*
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

*7.5 CME Credits for MAOA/ICJR Pre-Meeting Course
*15.5 CME Credits for Scientific Program
*1 CME Credit for Scientific Poster Sessions
*1 CME Credit for Ask the Expert
*1 CME Credit for Quiz Bowl


Registration for the following optional activities can be done when registering online.  If you have already registered for the meeting and decide to participate in any of these activities, please call the MAOA office at 507-281-3431 to add to your registration.

Friday, April 12, 2019:

  • For Spouses/Guests + Children--Sandcastle Building - 10:30 a.m., Hilton Sandestin Beach 

    Come play in the sand and see who can build the most sand-sational sandcastle or sand animal!  Sand, buckets, shovels, fun, and a winning prize are all included. The Resort Recreation Team will set-up squares for each individual/team, supervise, and judge the event. Come have fun in the sun and sand! parent/adult must accompany the child(ren).
    Cost:  $0 – activity complimented by MAOA  
    NOTE:  Sign-up for the sandcastle building will be done at the meeting.  All other activities listed below will require registration prior to the meeting in order to guarantee a spot.

  • MAOA Golf Tournament  - 1:30 p.m. Scramble format (shotgun start), Baytowne Golf Club
    Cost:  $100/person

  • MAOA Tennis Tournament - 2:00 p.m.  Doubles tournament played on the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Tennis Courts
    Cost:  $50/person

  • Destin Dolphin Cruise - 1:30-5:15 p.m. Join in this fun, family-friendly cruise aboard the Southern Star glass bottom boat!  Guests will enjoy a narrated two-hour adventure along the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and experience close-up views of dolphins, seabirds, and other marine wildlife. Kids will enjoy feeding the birds and steering the boat (with a little help from the Captain, of course!)
    Cost:  $85/person (ages 15+)
               $67.50/child (ages 4-14)
               $0/child (ages 0-3)
               (Cost includes transportation)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

  • Kayak Eco-Adventure - 3:30-6:15 p.m. (Note that the 2:00-4:30 p.m. tour is sold out.  A second kayak tour from 3:30-6:15 p.m. has been added.) The Emerald Coast is well known for its beautiful beaches and great fishing, but less known are the unique and scenic dune lakes that dot the coastline along the area’s beach dune system. Nestled along Scenic Highway 30A, the coastal dune lakes are rare geological features that only occur in the Florida Panhandle, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, and the northern Pacific coast of the United States. An eco-tour guide will take you on a 90-minute paddle along Western Lake where you will experience the diversity of wildlife and habitats that define these unique lake systems. You will paddle fresh water entry points up to the lake outfall on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. 
    Cost:  $125/person (includes transportation)

  • Coastal Brews – A Craft Brewery Tour of Grayton Beer Company - 2:30-5:00 p.m.
    Tucked away in Walton County between Rosemary and Grayton Beach, the Grayton Beer Company is a brewery that makes beer to compliment the local area that owner Jamey Price calls home. Starting with an IPA and a Pale Ale – classic American craft beers – they now boast 1980 Founder’s Ale, a balanced amber ale; White Dunes, a Belgian white; 30A Beach Blonde, a refreshing blonde ale; Salt of the Gulf, a Gose-style beer; and Fish Whistle IPA, a robust copper-colored IPA. You will experience a tour of the brewery by one of their beer ambassadors as you sip on one of their craft brews followed by a tasting of five of their beers and small batch series in their tap room.  At the conclusion of the tour, each guest will receive a Grayton Beer souvenir 16 oz. glass as a memento. 
    Cost:  $62/person (includes transportation)