Lisa K. Cannada, MD, named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Specialty Societies

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 17, 2017)—St. Louis orthopaedic trauma surgeon Lisa K. Cannada MD, became the first female chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) today at the organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting.

The BOS brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. It also serves as an advisory entity to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy.

Lisa K. Cannada, MD

Dr. Cannada is an associate professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and practices at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, completed her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western University School of Medicine, and a trauma fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Cannada’s clinical expertise includes the mangled extremity, polytrauma patients and complex fractures. Additionally, she is interested in clinical outcomes research and fracture repair and healing.

She has been active with the AAOS for a decade, initially as a Leadership Fellow in 2007. Since then, she has served on numerous committees for the Academy including the Resident Candidate and Fellow subcommittee, and completed a six-year term on the BOS Match Oversight Committee as chair addressing crucial issues in fellowship training and representing the applicants and programs in the Fellowship Match Process. She also was a member of the Membership Committee for four years and served as chair for two additional years. Dr. Cannada also edited the AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 11.

Dr. Cannada is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and served on the OTA Board of Directors and numerous committees. She established the OTA Young Practitioner’s Forum and is a founder of Women in Trauma, a mentoring group for women pursuing careers in orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Cannada also is past president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society where she edited the first and second editions of the Guide for Women in Orthopaedic Surgery. Her passion is teaching and the education of medical students, residents, fellows and young practitioners.

Dr. Cannada lives in St. Louis with her husband Jeff and daughter Annalise.

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