EOA History

The Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA) was founded in 1970 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Club under the leadership of Howard H. Steel, MD and 12 prominent orthopaedic surgeons (see below). It was a regional extension of its predecessor, the ‘Quad-City Group,’ which included orthopaedists from Baltimore/Washington, New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. Dr. Howard Steel provided the impetus and created the vision of a new regional society devoted to the education of its member orthopaedists with its meetings held in an environment conducive to social interaction and family inclusion. He founded the organization, served as President for its first two years, and continued his commitment as Managing Director from 1971 to 1976. Dr. Steel was integral to the development of the organizational identity of the EOA, including participation in the EOA Jazz Band (formed by his friend Bob Richards, Sr. and led currently by his legacy Bob Richards, Jr.) and the design of the EOA logo. He modified the orthopaedic symbol, chose the colors, and added stars loosely representative of the original colonies and the geographic makeup of the Association. Under his guidance, the EOA has enjoyed rapid and ongoing success.

Today, EOA bestows sixteen resident and fellow awards during its Annual Meeting and continues its purpose to promote, encourage, foster and advance the art and science of orthopaedic surgery and matters related thereto, and to establish a forum for free discussion and teaching orthopaedic methods and principles.

EOA Founders

Howard H. Steel, MD, PhD
Warner D. Bundens Jr., MD
Henry R. Cowell, MD, PhD
B. David Grant, MD
Marvin E. Steinberg, MD
Theodore R. Lammot, III, MD
Edward J. Resnick, MD
George J. Schonholtz, MD
Joseph O. Romness, MD
Marcel J. Schulmann, MD
Frederick J. Knocke, MD
Arthur F. Seifer, MD
Stephan A. Christides, MD

Past Presidents and Annual Meetings

First Annual Meeting
President: Howard H. Steel, MD, PhD
Dates: November 18-21, 1970
Location: Seaview Country Club
Absecon, New Jersey

Second Annual Meeting
President: Howard H. Steel, MD, PhD
Dates: October 23-26, 1971
Location: The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Third Annual Meeting
President: Warner D. Bundens Jr., MD
Dates: October 18-22, 1972
Location: Cerromar Beach Hotel
Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Fourth Annual Meeting
President: R. Joe Burleson, MD
Dates: October 18-21, 1973
Location: The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Fifth Annual Meeting
President: Joseph O. Romness, MD
Dates: October 16-20, 1974
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Sixth Annual Meeting
President: James D. Fisher, MD
Dates: October 15-19, 1975
Location: Cerromar Beach Hotel
Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Seventh Annual Meeting
President: Marvin E. Steinberg, MD
Dates: October 13-17, 1976
Location: The Breakers
Palm Beach, Florida

Eighth Annual Meeting
President: Leslie C. Meyer, MD
Dates: October 12-16, 1977
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Ninth Annual Meeting
President: Robert N. Richards Sr., MD
Dates: October 18-22, 1978
Location: Acapulco Princess Hotel
Acapulco, Mexico

Tenth Anniversary Meeting
President: Hugo A. Keim, MD
Dates: October 17-21, 1979
Location: The Breakers
Palm Beach, Florida

Eleventh Annual Meeting
President: Wallace E. Miller, MD
Dates: October 15-19, 1980
Location: Cerromar Beach Hotel
Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Twelfth Annual Meeting
President: James R. Urbaniak, MD
Dates: October 14-18, 1981
Location: The Boca Raton Hotel
Boca Raton, Florida

Thirteenth Annual Meeting
President: Stanley W. Lipinski, MD
Dates: October 13-17, 1982
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Fourteenth Annual Meeting
President: William T. Green Jr., MD
Dates: October 12-16, 1983
Location: The Breakers
Palm Beach, Florida

Fifteenth Annual Meeting
President: Emmett M. Lunceford Jr., MD
Dates: October 10-14, 1984
Location: The Acapulco Princess Hotel
Acapulco, Mexico

Sixteenth Annual Meeting
President: John F. Mosher, MD
Dates: October 16-20, 1985
Location: The Boca Raton Hotel
Boca Raton, Florida

Seventeenth Annual Meeting
President: B. David Grant, MD
Dates: October 15-19, 1986
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Eighteenth Annual Meeting
President: Harry R. Gossling, MD
Dates: October 14-18, 1987
Location: The Homestead Hotel
Hot Springs, Virginia

Nineteenth Annual Meeting
President: Andrew G. Hudacek, MD
Dates: October 12-16, 1988
Location: The Cerromar Beach Hotel
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Twentieth Anniversary Meeting
President: Lamar L. Fleming, MD
Dates: October 11-15, 1989
Location: The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Twenty-first Annual Meeting
President: Thomas S. Renshaw, MD
Dates: October 17-21, 1990
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Twenty-second Annual Meeting
President: Edward E. Kimbrough III, MD
Dates: October 16-21, 1991
Location: Melia Castilla Hotel
Madrid, Spain

Twenty-third Annual Meeting
President: George P. Bogumill, MD, PhD
Dates: October 14-18, 1992
Location: Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Hotel
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting
President: Glen A. Barden, MD
Dates: October 13-17, 1993
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting
President: Henry R. Cowell, MD, PhD
Dates: October 12-16, 1994
Location: The Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Twenty-sixth Annual Meeting
President: Ronald C. Hillegass, MD
Dates: October 11-15, 1995
Location: Sheraton Roma Hotel
Rome, Italy

Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting
President: Stephen F. Gunther, MD
Dates: October 16-20, 1996
Location: Hyatt Regency Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Twenty-eighth Annual Meeting
President: L. Andrew Koman, MD
Dates: October 14-19, 1997
Location: Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Arizona

Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting
President: Chitranjan S. Ranawat, MD
Dates: October 14-18, 1998
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Thirtieth Anniversary Meeting
President: Charles H. Classen Jr., MD
Dates: October 13-17, 1999
Location: Vienna Hilton Hotel
Vienna, Austria

Thirty-first Annual Meeting
President: A. Lee Osterman, MD
Dates: October 11-15, 2000
Location: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Thirty-second Annual Meeting
President: James A. Nunley II, MD
Dates: October 10-14, 2001
Location: Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel
Southampton, Bermuda

Thirty-third Annual Meeting
President: E. Anthony Rankin, MD
Dates: October 16-20, 2002
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Amelia Island, Florida

Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting
President: Shepard R. Hurwitz, MD
Dates: July 30-August 3, 2003
Location: The Burlington Hotel
Dublin, Ireland

Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting
President: John D. Lubahn, MD
Dates: October 13-17, 2004
Location: The Westin Rio Mar Beach
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thirty-sixth Annual Meeting
President: Thomas P. Vail, MD
Dates: October 5-8, 2005
Location: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Cambridge, Maryland

Thirty-seventh Annual Meeting
President: J. Richard Bowen, MD
Dates: October 18-21, 2006
Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Boca Raton, Florida

Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting
President: Scott D. Boden, MD
Dates: August 1-4, 2007
Location: The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Victoria, BC, Canada

Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting
President: Robert V. Dawe, MD
Dates: October 22-25, 2008
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
Lake Las Vegas, Nevada

Fortieth Annual Meeting
President: Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH
Dates: June 17-20, 2009
Location: Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Forty-first Annual Meeting
President: Robert N. Richards Jr., MD
Dates: October 14-16, 2010
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
Naples, Florida

Forty-second Annual Meeting
President: John C. Richmond, MD
Dates: October 19-22, 2011
Location: The Kingsmill
Williamsburg, Virginia

Forty-third Annual Meeting
President: Henry A. Backe Jr., MD
Dates: June 20-23, 2012
Location: The Sagamore
Bolton Landing, New York

Forty-fourth Annual Meeting
President: David S. Zelouf, MD
Dates: October 30-November 2, 2013
Location: Loews Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida

Forty-fifth Annual Meeting
President: David W. Romness, MD
Dates: October 22-25, 2014
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, Florida

Forty-sixth Annual Meeting
President: Mark J. Lemos, MD
Dates: June 17-20, 2015
Location: Grand Wailea
Maui, Hawaii

Forty-seventh Annual Meeting
President: Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD
Dates: October 19-22, 2016
Location: The Ritz-Carlton
New Orleans, Louisiana