Dr. Lisa Lattanza Receives the AAOS Diversity Award

    Lisa L. Lattanza, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine and professor of orthopaedic surgery, has received the 2021 Diversity Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

    The Diversity Award is intended to recognize AAOS members who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to making orthopaedics more representative of, and accessible to, diverse patient populations.

    One of Dr. Lattanza’s most prolific contributions to diversifying the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons has been through the co-founding of The Perry Initiative. Named for Dr. Lattanza’s mentor Dr. Jacquelin Perry, The Perry Initiative has 3 components:

    • The Perry Outreach Program (POP) a 1-day career exploration for young women who may be interested in careers in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, or both
    • The Medical Student Outreach Program (MSOP), which is a hands-on experience for first- and second-year women medical students
    • Orthopaedics in Action (OiA), which teaches science through the lens of orthopaedic surgery in junior high and high school classrooms.

    More than 40% of participants in the POP and MSOP programs are under-represented minorities.

    The Perry Programs are held at least yearly in 38 states and have reached more than 14,000 young women. Whereas about 1% of women medical students overall match into orthopaedics, nearly 25% of medical students who are Perry alumni ultimately choose and match into orthopaedics.

    Prior to becoming chair at Yale in 2019, Dr. Lattanza was a member of the faculty at the University of California San Francisco for 20 years, where she was the vice chair of diversity, chief of hand and upper extremity surgery, and director of the hand fellowship. Over the years, she has partnered with Nth Dimensions, the J. Robert Gladden Society, and theAmerican Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons, and she has led diversity efforts and programs through the American Orthopaedic Association, including serving as diversity liaison to the Critical Issues Committee.

    Dr. Lattanza received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences) and completed an internship at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. On completing her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri Kansas City, she completed fellowships in hand surgery at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons/Roosevelt Hospital and in pediatric hand and upper extremity at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.