Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 33rd Southern Orthopaedic Association president. Johnson is the first president from the state of Kentucky. There are more than 1,400 orthopaedic physicians who are members of the SOA. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for the Kentucky Wildcats. Johnson has been awarded several honors during his career, including 2012 SEC Physician of the Year and being selected for Castle Connelly America's Top Doctors List annually since 2002. In 2013 he was named one of the top U.S. sports medicine specialists by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the orthopaedics industry. The Southern Orthopaedic Association was founded in 1983 by a small group of orthopaedists with a goal to establish a regional orthopaedic association for physicians living in the southern states of the United States. The purpose of SOA is to develop and foster scientific medicine in the specialty of orthopaedic surgery. MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu