Director, Orthopaedic Research and Data Analysis

Rosemont, IL

You are passionate about advancing orthopaedic research and data analysis. You have the skills and experience to lead a team of analysts and statisticians in delivering high-quality and impactful publications, reports, and measures based on AAOS registry data. As the Director, Orthopaedic Research and Data Analysis, you will be responsible for aligning and directing the management, development and integration of orthopaedic research and data analysis in support of the AAOS registry program. You will also lead and define a scalable capacity model leveraging both internal and external resources to effectively deliver against commitments while ensuring and maintaining data quality and security.

If this sounds like you, please read on!

The Director, Orthopaedic Research and Data Analysis is responsible for aligning and directing the management, development and integration of orthopaedic research and data analysis in support of the AAOS registry program.  The Director of Orthopaedic Research and Data Analysis will oversee a team of analysts and statisticians and is responsible for a program of research activities that elevate the profile and utility of the AAOS registries data. This role is responsible for establishing and maintaining the processes and tools required to efficiently deliver AAOS Registry program publications and annual reports, industry and registry member analytic reports, evidence-based systematic literature review and clinical practice guideline (CPG) analysis, and clinical performance measures within expected timeframes and within budget. Additionally, the Director, Orthopaedic Research and Data Analysis will lead and define a scalable capacity model leveraging both internal and external resources to effectively deliver against commitments while ensuring and maintaining data quality and ensuring the secure management and exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI).

  • Designs and leads research projects across the registry program ensuring that work is delivered within committed timelines, within budgets, meets quality expectations and with appropriate measures of its impact.  
  • Works with peers, team members and/or volunteers to identify and secure sources of revenue through proactive approaches to funders and sponsors; lead efforts related to grant applications and support internal teams in preparing proposals for industry sponsorships.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships and networks with key stakeholders involved in relevant policy, delivery, and research – including key thought leaders in orthopaedic research such as surgeon leaders, government stakeholders (e.g. FDA, CMS), trusts and foundations, service providers, and/or leading academic centers.
  • Keeps up to date in trends in orthopaedics as well as developments in policy, research, and practice trends in orthopaedics; and on innovations in research and evaluation methods and tools; Facilitates analysis of pre-published literature for systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and biologics technology overviews.
  • Optimizes processes related to management of data and data sets; oversees the optimization of research processes and tools to create efficiencies and enable data sharing while ensuring and/or improving data quality; partners with IT to design solutions for improving data quality for analytic data sets; develops capacity models and reports that optimize prioritization and decision making related to project acceptance.
  • Oversees the development of an annual program of work based upon cyclical publications and submissions deadlines; establish models that allow for flexibility and clarifies thresholds for ad-hoc requests.
  • Spearheads the creation and evolution of analytic datasets that enable standardized and high-quality outcomes including the development of the processes, procedures and tools sets that easily enable the ability for external research teams (e.g. consultants, academic centers) to conduct analytics and research projects. 
  • Serves as the clinical research expert and point of contact for analytic communications and meetings for all stakeholders of the Registries and CQV publications, programs, and projects. Addresses registry volunteer and member questions regarding calculation and utility of their accessible data through the Registry Insights platform and/or AAOS publications. Oversees maintenance of approval and adherence to the Registries’ IRB.
  • Proactively provides leadership and guidance to analysts to improve the quality and impact of research; works closely with both CQV and Registry department leaders to guide the evolution and maturation of registry analytics and research.
  • Assists statistician team and clinician leaders/researchers with designing analyses to ensure methodology is consistent with AAOS goals and strategic plan as well as up to date with evolving research standards.
  • Leads development of member-facing analytic resources such as risk calculators, dashboards, and automated reports within the Registry Insights platform as well as maintains the quality and accuracy of existing analytic resources. Assists registry program managers in maintenance of analytics for certification programs such as CMS CJR and AETNA Institutes of Quality as well as ensuring the AAOS registry program IRB and QCDR requirements are met.
  • Assists clinician leaders and researchers in drafting/submitting manuscripts, developing conference presentations and posters, and internal quality surveillance presentations. Monitors the history of member requests to pursue cost effective solutions for automation of common and integral analytic requests. Explores external datasets to maximize AAOS data and maintains access to supplementary datasets for analysis across registries including data from CMS, NIS, AHRQ, HHS, and AHA.
  • Oversees the evolution and optimization of the Registry Analytics Institute Program; determines strategy and funding sources for expanding the program across registries and establishes efficient processes to scale the program; Implements standard reporting and consolidation related to metrics to track exposure and quantify the benefits of the research program to the reputation of the registry program overall.
  • Directs activities related to the International Prosthesis Library (IPL); provides staff direction and oversight in managing the relationship with ISAR and establishes standard work processes to ensure continuity and adherence to contractual agreements.
  • Leads activities to increase grant funding opportunities to further enable the registry program to achieve its mission of improving orthopaedic care.

Exemplifies the following essential values of the Academy:

  • Teamwork: Effective collaboration and team-focus to solve complex problems and drive innovation.
  • Empowerment: The authority, information, and skills to make decisions and drive results.
  • Accountability: Ownership of process and results that drive decisions and ensure implementation.
  • Mindset of Growth/Continuous Learning:  Focused on and invested in self and staff development to become more adaptable, making the Academy more agile, innovative, and sustainable.


  • Up to 10 days per year
  • Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in health informatics, biostatistics, health data science, health economics and outcomes research, and/or another related area
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in clinical research and analytics
  • 5+ years of people management experience as a team manager, mentor, and coach
  • Graduate level degree in a health-related discipline; master’s with focus on research and analytics preferred.
  • In depth knowledge of research methodologies, database structures and technologies, research tools, statistical methods, and interpretation
  • Understanding of statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, STATA Programming, or R
  • Strong business and people skills, including planning, presentation skills and business acumen.
  • Advanced organizational skills with proven ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and make decisions based on limited information; proven ability to manage risk and establish mitigation strategies to support positive long-term outcomes.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze situations, identify solutions, and formulate recommendations for effective management of customers, staff, and processes.
  • Strong time management skills: demonstrated ability to complete multiple tasks concurrently and deliver results under pressure.
  • Experience collaborating with peers and forming agreements across cross-functional teams.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; skill explaining problems succinctly and clearly while demonstrating sound judgement related to details and commitments to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and work in a dynamic, results-oriented environment.
  • Naturally organized, analytical and detail oriented, energetic self-starter passionate about professional integrity and excellence with a positive attitude and contagious enthusiasm
  • Strong relationship building skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of team members across the CQV, the Registry department and the organization.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA, PHI, IRB, and other relevant regulatory issues is required.                                 


  • Experience in research and analytics specific to healthcare registries or administrative claims data
  • Background in orthopaedic related research
  • Experience leading analytics and research functions in an Association and for-profit setting. 

If this describes YOU, please apply by sharing the following:   

-Clearly communicate why you are the ideal candidate for this role, providing specific examples and experiences as proof points.

-Resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter with salary expectations to be considered. 

Please note: 

This hybrid position is based in Rosemont, Illinois and is open to applicants who are able to commute weekly to this office.

Applicants must already be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of work visas.

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