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First woman to assume top AAOS leadership role presents vision for an evolving Academy

Sat, March 16, 2019 12:08 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

History took center stage yesterday, as Kristy L. Weber, MD, stepped onto the Your Academy2019 podium and took office as the Academy’s 87th president. Dr. Weber is the first woman to serve in the top leadership role for AAOS.

In her speech, Dr. Weber, professor and chief of orthopaedic oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, acknowledged the progress that her 2019–2020 presidency of the premier orthopaedic organization represents, while recognizing that much work remains to be done before the profession and its culture are deemed truly inclusive of women and other underrepresented groups.

“I stand here today as a proud woman in a profession that is 94 percent male,” she said. “I really loved several different subspecialties in medical school but decided on orthopaedics after I was told that women couldn’t get in to the field. I have never regretted that decision for a minute.”

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