For Immediate Release: January 30, 2019


Unprecedented Merger Underway

The Hip Society and The Knee Society, in partnership, signed an agreement to acquire Current Concepts in Joint Replacement® (CCJR®). This is the culmination of 18 months of feasibility study, due diligence and negotiations and the dedication of volunteer leaders appointed by both organizations to spearhead this project.

For nearly 40 years, the CCJR course has remained the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. Created by A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil(Oxon), and presented by the Current Concepts Institute, this prestigious program has taken place each December and May and includes an esteemed faculty, extensive exhibitor participation and highly anticipated educational curriculum. These two live events have consistently attracted over 3,000 delegates from more than 60 countries on an annual basis.

“The significance of this milestone in the history of both organizations cannot be overestimated,” says Douglas E. Padgett, MD, president of The Hip Society. “We are embarking on a new chapter in pursuing our mission of leadership in arthroplasty education.”

CCJR’s legacy as the gold standard in arthroplasty education, nationally and internationally, merged with that of The Knee Society, and its partner, The Hip Society, creates an unprecedented opportunity for us to collaborate and to carry that legacy successfully well into the future,” adds Robert L. Barrack, MD, president of The Knee Society.

“This is the right time and the right fit for everyone concerned”, says Dr. Greenwald. “Built upon the talents of many members of The Hip Society and The Knee Society since its inception, the legacy of CCJR is a shared legacy; its continued success – a shared success.”

The Hip Society and The Knee Society will work in partnership with Dr. Greenwald and CCI’s staff over the next 18 months to ensure a full and seamless transition.

“This program reflects a lifetime commitment and I am humbled to see how it has evolved into such a successful and enduring educational forum. I know The Hip Society and The Knee Society will lead us forward with renewed energy and dedication. I look forward to continuing my work with CCJR and this new partnership,” concludes Dr. Greenwald.

The Current Concepts in Joint Replacement® (CCJR®) meetings were initiated in 1983 by A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil(Oxon), as an alternative to writing National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to fund orthopaedic research activities focused on degenerative arthritis and joint replacement. The professional need for orthopaedic education in the then evolving practice of hip and knee arthroplasty became apparent and the CCJR meetings set about defining the template for excellence. The Current Concepts Institute has continued this initiative with the mission to provide contemporary education which assists health care professionals and the industries that support them with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcome.

The Hip Society was established in 1968 by Frank Stinchfield, MD, as a by-invitation only academic society together with twenty elite hip surgeons. The mission of The Hip Society is to advance the knowledge and treatment of hip disorders to improve the lives of our patients. The vision of The Hip Society is to lead in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge related to disorders of the hip.

The Knee Society was established in 1983 as a forum for intellectual exchange of concepts in total knee arthroplasty. The main initial goal of the founding group was to bring together the scientific information related to total knee arthroplasty. The mission of The Knee Society is to advance the care of patients with knee disorders through leadership in education and research.

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