Women's Leadership Initiative


Congratulations to Barbara Piclet-Legré, MD, recipient of the 2021 Career Impact Award, and Andrea N. Veljkovic, MD, MPH, recipient of the 2021 Career Development Award! Read about them in the AOFAS press release.

The Women's Leadership Initiative supports and encourages women in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. As part of the initiative, the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation established the Women's Leadership Awards, recognizing outstanding female leaders in foot and ankle orthopaedics.

Learn about our current and past award recipients.

Two awards are presented annually:

  • The Career Impact Award, recognizing women who have made exceptional contributions to the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery

  • The Career Development Award, supporting the professional aspirations of early- and mid-career female foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons


If You Can See It, You Can Be It

Women in orthopaedics share how their mentors, family, and role models inspired and supported their careers.

Thank you to Treace Medical Concepts, Inc. for their support of this video.

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The Women's Leadership Initiative is funded through individual and corporate gifts to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.

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Women's Leadership Gifts

Thank you to the following individuals and companies for their contributions to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation to support the Women's Leadership Initiative since it began in 2017 (updated May 31, 2021)

Stephanie P. Adam, DO
Su-Young Bae, MD, PhD
Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH
Laura M. Bruse, MD
John T. Campbell, MD
Rebecca A. Cerrato, MD
Stephanie Chen, NP
Loretta B. Chou, MD
Natalie R. Danna, MD
Laura K. Dawson, DO
Lisa T. DeGnore, MD
Jessica Dornfeld
Patrick B. Ebeling, MD
Sandra A. Eisele, MD, MBA
Scott J. Ellis, MD
Shelly Encher
Emily L. Exten, MD
Amanda J. Fantry, MD
Alena Frey, CMP
Katherine Gavin, MD
Lauren E. Geaney, MD
Emily C. Harnden, MD
Jeannie Huh, MD
Casey J. Humbyrd, MD
In2Bones LLC
Susan N. Ishikawa, MD
Gillian E. Jackson, MBChB

A. Holly Johnson, MD
Julie M. Johnson, MD
Harold B. Kitaoka, MD
Melissa D. Koenig, MD
Thomas H. Lee, MD
Elaine M. Leighton, MPH, CAE
Margaret J. Lobo, MD
Pamela C. Luk, MD
Peter G. Mangone, MD
Elizabeth D. Martin, MD
Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, MD
Julie A. Neumann, MD
Jacqueline K. Nguyen, MD
Hazel Oreluk, MA
Alexandra E. Page, MD
Christie Petrucci
Jon Simon
Syndie B. Singer, MD
Kelly C. Stéfani, MD, PhD
Krista Stewart 
Raymond J. Sullivan, MD
M. Chris Testerman, MD
Ruth L. Thomas, MD
J. Turner Vosseller, MD
James D. Walwark
Kathryn L. Williams, MD
Wright Medical Group N.V.