James Panagis, MD, MPH, recently retired as Director of the Orthopaedics Program of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He served as a liaison to various federal agencies and other organizations on issues related to orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal bioengineering, and occupational health. A captain in the United States Coast Guard, Dr. Panagis worked in orthopaedic surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He has also worked at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research at the U.S. Public Health Service and in private practice. He received his MD from Medical College of Wisconsin, MPH from George Washington University, and BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.