Women's Leadership Initiative


Nominations for the 2023 Women's Leadership Awards are now closed. Watch for the announcement of the winners in April.

The AOFAS Women's Leadership Initiative supports and encourages women in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. Current programs include the Women's Leadership Awards, which recognize outstanding female leaders in foot and ankle orthopaedics, and the new Women's Leadership Scholarship Program.


Women's Leadership Awards

The Women's Leadership Awards recognize outstanding female leaders in foot and ankle orthopaedics. Two awards will be presented in 2023:

  • The Career Impact Award recognizes women who have made exceptional contributions to the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery. The nominee for this award does not need to be an AOFAS member.

  • The Career Development Award recognizes the professional aspirations and commitment of early- and mid-career women in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery. The nominee for this award must be an AOFAS Active, Candidate, or International Member in the first 10 years of practice.

Each award winner will serve as a podium speaker at AOFAS Annual Meeting 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky, and receive complimentary meeting registration and a travel stipend. The winners will also speak at the Women's Leadership Reception held during the meeting.

Read about the past recipients of the Women's Leadership Awards.


Women's Leadership Scholarships

The Women's Leadership Scholarship Program provides leadership opportunities for women AOFAS members and promotes professional growth and female leadership within AOFAS.

The 2023 scholarship covers program fees, lodging, and a travel stipend for the recipients to attend the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business Health Science Leadership Development Program.

Congratulations to our 2023 scholarship recipients!


Bopha Chrea, MD

Bopha Chrea, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

Kelly Hynes, MD

Kelly K. Hynes, MD
University of Chicago

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.

"If You Can See It, You Can Be It" Photo Gallery

The Women's Leadership Initiative is funded through gifts to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation. We thank the individuals and companies who have contributed to this program since it began in 2017.

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