DeRosa was born in Napoleon, Ohio and raised in the eastern Indiana town
of Angola. Following graduation from high school, he attended and
graduated from the University of Notre Dame after which he attended the
Indiana University School of Medicine. Upon completion of his
orthopaedic residency, Dr. DeRosa relocated to London, England for a
pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children.
After the fellowship, he returned to the United States for two year
stint in the US Air Force. Dr. DeRosa then returned to Indiana
University as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, followed by
Associate Professor, Professor and finally Chair of the Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery from 1986 to 1995. Dr. DeRosa spent 25 years at
Indiana University and in 1995 relocated to North Carolina to become the
Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in
Chapel Hill, as well as Professor of Surgery at the Duke University
School of Medicine. He retired from the faculty at Duke University in
2006 and is now Professor Emeritus. He has also retired as Executive
Director of the ABOS in February 2008 and also holds Emeritus status
with the Board.
During his active years Dr. DeRosa served as president of the
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, president of the Pediatric
Orthopaedic Society of North America, president of the American
Orthopaedic Association, chair of the ACGME/RRC for Orthopaedic Surgery
as well as president of the National Residency Matching Program in
2007. In 1990 he was elected to the American Board of Orthopaedic
Surgery where he became involved with the certification and
recertification of orthopaedic surgeons where he focused efforts on
ethics and professionalism until his retirement in 2008.
On a personal note,
Dr. DeRosa is married to the former MaryAnn Swaim. They have five
children and 12 grandchildren who keep them very busy. His hobbies
include golf, snow skiing, and making chocolates.