The Western Orthopaedic Association was established in 1932 and was the first Orthopaedic Society of its kind west of the Mississippi. Under the guidance of past and present leadership, WOA membership has grown to over 1,500 members.

Made up of volunteer member physicians, the Board of Directors is responsible for governing the Society and for establishing goals and setting priorities. In addition to the Board, both standing & ad-hoc committees address some of the most crucial challenges facing orthopaedic surgeons today while providing opportunities for members to become active participants in the work of the society.

The Western Orthopaedic Association is expanding its efforts to represent and provide services to orthopaedic surgeons in the west.


The mission of the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) is to help ensure that people in the western region of the United States receive high quality ethical care by providing orthopaedists with educational programs, opportunities to foster collegiality and ways to influence health policy.