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Thomas E. Arend, Jr., JD, CAE

Thomas E. Arend, Jr., JD, CAE

Thomas E. Arend, Jr., F90, was named CEO of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) effective on April 1, 2017.  As CEO, Arend will work directly with the AAOS Board of Directors and executive management team to oversee a staff of 250 and manage an annual budget of $60 million. He is currently serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at the American College of Cardiology in Washington, DC.

As ACC’s general counsel, Arend was responsible for all legal risk management for the organization, ensuring compliance with applicable laws, internal governance processes and procedures, and for providing general legal oversight for all ACC and American College of Cardiology Foundation activities.

Prior to joining the College in 2004, Arend worked in private practice for nearly ten years in Washington, DC. focusing exclusively in the area of non-profit organizations. His most recent position was as an attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in its nonprofit organizations practice.

Arend holds the Certified Association Executive designation from American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is a member of ASAE, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the District of Columbia and Maryland State Bar Associations.

He earned his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. Arend received his master’s degree in international law and diplomatic history from the Fletcher School at Tufts University near Boston, Mass. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in political science from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society.

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