FAAOS status - Why is this important?

FAAOS stands for "Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons".  This designation is proudly displayed by surgeons who have completed all the stringent requirments to qualify for membership.

Active Fellow Member Requirements include:

- Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

- In an practice of orthopaedic surgey in the U.S. for at least 36 months     immediately prior to induction

- Maintenance of a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine or full-time service in the federal government

- Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism

- Complete the Active Fellow Member Application

- Membership Committee and AAOS Board of Director Approval of Application

The FAAOS designation distinguishes orthopaedic surgeons from other healthcare specialists as true leaders of your musculoskeletal health team with the level of skills, training, experience and professionalism consistent with the high standards established by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  

The FAAOS designation represents a commitment to quality, professional development, and continuous education.  

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging for patients to select an orthopaedic surgeon to render your medical treatment.  Having the distinction of an FAAOS designation can instill confidence and calm concerns during these unprecedented times.


Luis M. Espinoza MD Dr. Espinoza served as the AAA Team Doctor for the the New Orleans Zephyrs/BabyCakes since joining the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in 2003. He is double board certified in General Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

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