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Rich Bruch, MD, Named Distinguished Congressional Ambassador

On June 6, Rich Bruch, MD, was named the AAOS 2020 Distinguished Congressional Ambassador at the Advocacy Resources Committee meeting during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference. The award is given to an AAOS member who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy on behalf of orthopaedic priorities. Congressional Ambassadors are AAOS volunteers who either have a relationship with a member of Congress or are willing to develop one and reach out on priority issues. These volunteers are exceptionally effective in terms of advocacy and enhance the efforts of the Office of Government Relations.

Dr. Bruch’s political involvement began at the state level in 2002 when he advocated for tort reform as president of the North Carolina Medical Society. Today he is involved with health policy initiatives at both the state and federal levels to preserve the independent practice of medicine and its ability to provide better quality medical care, lower prices, and better patient satisfaction. Dr. Bruch’s early support of candidates has helped him to develop strong relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle including Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Representatives David Price (D-NC), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Holding (R-GA).

In addition to his advocacy work, Dr. Bruch served on the board of the Physician Hospitals of America and has been involved with the OrthoForum since its inception. He just completed six years of service on the AAOS Board of Councilors and is an excellent role model for other Congressional Ambassadors.

Congressional Ambassador applications and inquiries should be directed to Julie Williams at jwilliams@aaos.org.


Rich Bruch, MD, received his AAOS 2020 Distinguished Congressional Ambassador award from Advocacy Resources Committee (ARC) Chair Claudette Lajam, MD.