Modern Physician—July 15, 2013
Dr. Jo Hannafin has been selected as the first woman to head the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Hannafin began her one-year term at the start of July. She is the Rosemont, Ill.-based organization's first female president since the group was founded in 1972. About 5% of the organization's 3,042 members are women. When Hannafin joined the group in 1997, there were 21 female members in the organization.
Hannafin serves as the director of orthopedic research at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She's also the orthopedic director of the hospital's Women's Sports Medicine Center. In addition, she's the team physician for the New York Liberty WNBA basketball team. She is a championship rower and has served as the physician for the U.S. Olympic rowing team.
“She was a world-class athlete herself and one of the first women to complete a sports medicine fellowship, during which time she was the first woman to work with an NFL team as a fellow,” said Dr. Scott Rodeo, co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service at HSS. “Her combination of wisdom, skill and grace will lead the prestigious AOSSM to new heights.”
Hannafin succeeds Dr. Christopher Harner, the medical director for UPMC in Pittsburgh. AOSSM's membership includes orthopedic surgeons and other health professionals focused on sports medicine.
“It's the largest sports medicine society in the world, and I'm very excited to have been chosen as president,” Hannafin said in a news release.
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