Bienville's Orthopaedic Surgeon Inducted Into Academy

Robert Lance Johansen, M.D., a physician at Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists, was inducted March 10, 2004, as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons during ceremonies at the Academy's 71 st annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Johansen was one of 639 new Fellows inducted. The Academy has 27,156 members worldwide.

Dr. Johansen specializes in Primary, Complex, Revision Joint Replacement and Arthroscopic Surgery. He is a member of both the American Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association. Dr. Johansen received his degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and was an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at The University of South Alabama. His fellowship was in Adult Reconstruction and Arthritis Surgery at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Johansen became board certified in July 2003. An orthopaedist is a physician with extensive training in the diagnosis, and nonsurgical and surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

The Academy is the largest medical association for musculosketal specialists. Its members have completed medical school plus at least five years of specialty study in orthopaedics in an accredited residency program, passed a comprehensive oral and written exam, and been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The 27,156-member American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery ( or (, is a not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons, allied health professionals and the public. An advocate for improved patient care, the Academy is participating in the Bone and Joint Decade (, the global initiative to raise awareness of musculoskeletal health, stimulate research and improve people's quality of life. President Bush has declared the years 2002-2011 National Bone and Joint Decade in support of these objectives.

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