Dr. John Frymoyer will share his extensive expertise in orthopedics at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, as he presents “Oh, My Aging, Aching Back,” the first Lunch and Learn program of the season at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. A light lunch will be served.

While this program is free and open to the public, participants are asked to sign up by January 17. To register, call 239-472-0497. SCUCC is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, across from the Periwinkle Place shopping area.

In his presentation, Dr. Frymoyer will review the process of normal spinal aging, factors that accelerate and reduce the aging process, common symptoms of acute and chronic conditions affecting the spine, and the optimum treatment for these conditions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

John W. Frymoyer M.D. is a retired orthopedic surgeon who specialized in adult reconstructive and spine surgery. His career at the University of Vermont included positions as Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dean of the College of Medicine, CEO of the UVM Health Systems, and Co- Founder and Director of the Vermont Spine Institute.

Dr. Frymoyer was the editor and/or author of ten volumes relating to the spine, including The Adult Spine, a two-volume reference text now in its third edition. He also served as founding editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, now the world’s largest journal devoted to that specialty.

He is a founding member of the North American Spine Society and the International Spine Society, of which he served as President and was the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He has served on the Arthritis Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and as a member of its Arthritis Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on “Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace.”

In retirement, he has continued consultancies, most notably the SPORT study which has carried out the first randomized perspective study comparing operative to non operative treatment of spinal stenosis and disc herniations.