Women's Leadership Initiative


The AOFAS Women’s Leadership Initiative supports and encourages women in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. As part of the initiative, the AOFAS and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation established the Women’s Leadership Award and Women’s International Leadership Award. The awards are presented annually to one woman in the US or Canada and one woman outside the US/Canada who demonstrates leadership in orthopaedics as well as research, humanitarian efforts, education, business, and/or philanthropy.

Congratulations to Ruth L. Thomas, MD, recipient of the 2018 Women's Leadership Award, and Su-Young Bae, MD, PhD, recipient of the 2018 Women's International Leadership Award!

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 Tribute Gifts

Thank you to the following individuals and companies for their contributions to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation to support the Women's Leadership Program (as of December 31, 2018).

Stephanie P. Adam, DO
Su-Young Bae, MD, PhD
Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH
Rebecca A. Cerrato, MD
Loretta B. Chou, MD
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
Alena Frey, CMP
Katherine Gavin, MD
Lauren E. Geaney, MD
Emily C. Harnden, MD
Jeannie Huh, MD
Casey J. Humbyrd, MD
Susan N. Ishikawa, MD
A. Holly Johnson, MD

Julie M. Johnson, 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
Alexandra E. Page, MD
Syndie B. Singer, MD
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 Technology, Inc.