The Perry Initiative was honored to participate in this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Chicago Illinois this year. Drs. Buckley and Lattanza, Associate Director Mari Collings, and Program Coordinator Kristen Coakley were in attendance throughout the event, meeting with sponsors and supporters from all over the country. The booth acted as both an area of information dissemination and a gathering point for many of our friends and volunteers, many of whom were able to gather for a group photo:
In addition, Dr. Lattanza gave an inspirational talk remembering Dr. Jacquelin Perry’s life and legacy at the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society breakfast. New faces came by the booth afterwards to talk about how they could help our programing and ensure more young women are inspired by our organization.
In addition to some excellent interactions in Chicago, AAOS also published an article on the Perry Initiative in this month’s newsletter.
Thank you to all who came by the booth and worked to get our article published. We look forward to next year’s AAOS meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Dr. Jacquelin Perry, world renowned orthopaedic surgeon and biomechanician and namesake for The Perry Initiative, passed away at her home in Los Angeles this Monday, March 11, 2013, at the age of 94. Dr. Perry trained as a physical therapist and worked as a physical therapist in the army during World War II. After the war, she became an orthopaedic surgeon, completing both medical school and residency at UC San Francisco. She was the first woman to complete an orthopaedic surgery residency at UCSF.
In 1955, she joined the practice at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, where she pioneered new surgical and rehabilitation techniques in the treatment of polio and spinal deformity. Dr. Perry became a leading authority in the field of pathokinesiology, authoring several definitive
textbooks and over 400 journal articles over her 50+ year career.
Equally as important, Dr. Perry served as a teacher and mentor to several generations of surgeons, physical therapists, and biomechanicians. Her trainees now lead medical schools, departments of orthopaedic surgery, and biomechanics
laboratories across the country.
The Perry Initiative is honored to bear Dr. Perry’s name because of all that she accomplished and all that she stood for: she blazed a trail for women in orthopaedics, rose to the top of the field, and paid it forward by mentoring the countless women and men who followed her. She will be missed greatly. We at the Perry Initiative promise to continue to honor the legacy of this amazing woman by building the pipeline for the next generation of talented women in engineering and medicine.
This incredible film by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins paired girls from Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal and India with native women authors to help tell their stories. Full of hope and the overcoming of adversity to pursue an education, this film reminded all of us that our efforts to provide girls and women with unique educational experiences are multi-faceted and but a small part of a greater global effort.
The Perry Initiative is proud to be a part of the global educational community supporting young women and their dreams and encourages you to get involved and find a Girl Rising screening near you!
Earlier in the month, Dr. Jenni flew back to the San Francisco office for some needed organization time. While she was there, we received a giant shipment of bones!
The Perry Initiative is able to stock its hands-on curriculum using generous donations from SawBones! This company sells anatomical models for a whole host of learning and training activities worldwide.
Every time we get a donation, there’s a lot of sorting and packaging to be done! At first, our intern, Felicia, and Program Specialist, Katrina, attacked the pile with zeal, sorting the bones by type and cutting some into pieces. Sometimes a module just uses the proximal section of the bone… sometimes, just the distal!
But as with any job… sometimes you just a hit a wall. Or floor. Or bottom stair.
Thanks for all your hard work, Nadia and Felicia!
The Perry Initiative welcomes two new members of its Board of Directors, Dr. Amy Ladd and Dr. Anette Karlsson.
Dr. Anette Karlsson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University.
Dr. Amy Ladd is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Stanford University, and she serves as Chief of the Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center; Hand Clinic Chief, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
Complete profiles of both new board members can be found here.