Perry Initiative write-up in the SF Chronicle


(08-07) 12:26 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The teenage girls peered behind Dr. Lisa Lattanza as the physician pointed inside the patient’s elbow to the squishy material that was used to cover up worn-out cartilage after a long-term dislocation.

“It looks like the ligament is attached and that it still has integrity,” the UCSF orthopedic surgeon explained, sounding relieved that the patient would not have to endure a longer, more complex operation to repair her damaged elbow.

Far from being grossed out by viewing the inner workings of the elbow through layers of skin, fat and muscle, 16-year-old Kimberly Elder declared the experience “cool.”

Colliver, Victoria. “Girls get hands-on orthopedic experience.” San Francisco Bay Area — News, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Classifieds: SFGate. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2011. <>.