Who We Are

Jenni Buckley, PhD

Co-Founder 

Dr. Buckley is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Delaware. She received her Bachelor’s of Engineering (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and her MS (2004) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on computational and experimental methods in spinal biomechanics. Since 2006, her research efforts have focused on the development and mechanical evaluation of medical and rehabilitation devices, particularly orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and pediatric devices. She teaches courses in design, biomechanics, and mechanics at University of Delaware and is heavily involved in K12 engineering education efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

 

Lisa Lattanza, MD

Co-Founder & President, Board of Directors

Dr. Lattanza is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Chief of the Division of Hand, Elbow, and Upper Extremity Surgery at UCSF, and she also practices at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of Northern California in Sacramento.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Buchanan, PhD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He served as Chairman of UD’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and as Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering before being appointed the inaugural Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute. Buchanan has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, President of the American Society of Biomechanics, and holds the rank of Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).

 

A. Sue Carlisle, PhD, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. Carlisle is the Vice Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. She earned her MS and PhD from Tulane. She did her postdoctoral work in the Department of Biology at Rice University. Dr. Carlisle earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed both her residency in Medicine and fellowship in critical care in Anesthesia at UCSF. She entered the Anesthesia residency at UCSF, where she was also Chief Resident. In 1990 Dr. Carlisle joined the UCSF faculty and is currently Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Medicine. She is a recipient of the Stuart C. Cullen MD Award for Clinical Excellence (1990), the Faculty Clinical Excellence Award (1993), The Rappaport Award (2009) and the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women. In 1999 she was appointed Chief of Anesthesia, a position she held until 2005. In 2004 Dr. Carlisle was appointed Associate Dean, SFGH. She received the 2009 Elliot Rapaport Award for Commitment to San Francisco General Hospital.

 

Kathy Coyner, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. Katherine Coyner, is an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. While at Duke she was a team physician for the Duke University Men’s & Women’s basketball teams, Football team, women’s soccer, and the North Carolina Central University football team. She graduated from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. In her own athletic career, Dr. Coyner was the first female basketball player at the University of Massachusetts to score 1,000 points and 500 assists, where she was nominated for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Female Athlete of the Year. She was also a Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. Dr. Coyner is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and a candidate member for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

 

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Judith D’Amico, MA

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Judith D’Amico serves as liaison to national corporate partners for Project Lead The Way as PLTW’s Vice President of Development. Among her honors, Judith was recognized in 2012 as a Leading Woman in STEM for California, and in 2013 received the Catalyst Award for her achievement in Workforce Development and STEM Education in the Capitol Region. Judith serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity; the Board of Directors for NextEd of Sacramento; the Advisory Board for the STEM Equity Pipeline; and Judith serves on the California Cost Control Commission.

 

Dawn Elliott, PhD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. Dawn Elliott holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.  After over a decade in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, she is currently Professor and Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware.  Her research is in biomechanics of fibrous soft tissues including the intervertebral disc.

 

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Michelle James, MD

Treasurer, Board of Directors
Dr. James is the Chief of the Department of Orthpaedic Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Sacramento, and she is also the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

 

Anette Karlsson, PhD

Member at Large, Board of Directors
Dr. Karlsson is the Dean of the Fenn College of Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. Dr. Karlsson research interests focus on thermo-mechanical properties of advanced materials primarily used in clean energy production. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed international journal articles. Dr. Karlsson is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Virginia Klausmeier, MS

Member at Large, Board of Directors
Ms. Klausmeier holds a BS in Chemistry and MS in Biomechanics from the University of Oregon. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sylvatex Biofuels and has a strong background in both the biotechnology and biofuels industries.

 

Amy Ladd, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors
Dr. Ladd is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Stanford University and has a clinical practice that includes surgery of the hand and upper limb, with an emphasis in reconstructive surgery, pediatric surgery, and wrist fractures. Her current research focuses on novel imaging techniques to investigate and treat the very common arthritis of the base of the thumb. Dr. Ladd serves as Chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center; Hand Clinic Chief, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford; Fellowship Director, Stanford Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship; and as Consultant to the Rheumatology Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center.

 

 

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Mary O’Connor, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. O’Connor is Director of of the Musculoskeletal Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. O’Connor focuses on orthopaedic oncology and complex adult joint reconstructions. In addition to her contributions to The Perry Initiative, Dr. O’Connor is chair of the Diversity Advisory Board for AAOS and co-chair of the Movement is Life Caucus.

 

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Ann Van Heest, MD

Member at Large, Board of Directors

Dr. VanHeest, Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery Education, University of Minnesota, Department of  Orthopaedic Surgery, specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery.  Her academic interests include neuromuscular disorders – arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury – congenital and pediatric upper extremity and hand disorders.  She has been treating upper extremity involvement in children with mucopolysaccharide disorders since 1993 through the UMN. She is also affiliated with the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Shriners Hospital for Children.

Upcoming Events

Feb
19
Fri
2016
4:30 pm MSOP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
MSOP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
Feb 19 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We are pleased to announce a Medical Student Outreach Program on February 19, 2016 which will take place at Loyola University of Chicago. We will be holding our MSOP event for current medical students in the[...]
Feb
20
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
POP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Maywood, IL, which will take place at Loyola University of Chicago on February 20, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school[...]
Mar
2
Wed
2016
8:00 am MSOP – Orlando, FL @ AAOS Annual Meeting 2016
MSOP – Orlando, FL @ AAOS Annual Meeting 2016
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
We are pleased to announce a Medical Student Outreach Program on March 2, 2016 which will take place at the AAOS Annual Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. We will be holding our[...]
Mar
5
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Orlando, FL @ Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
POP – Orlando, FL @ Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Orlando, FL, which will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on March 5, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
Mar
12
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Fargo, ND @ North Dakota State University
POP – Fargo, ND @ North Dakota State University
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Fargo, ND, which will take place at North Dakota State University on March 12, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
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