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A Message from Our Chair, Lisa L. Lattanza, MD
Photo credit: Richard Lisak

Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. I am honored to be the first woman Chair of this department and look forward to building upon the history of excellence in patient care, education, and research that is synonymous with Yale.

I am excited to lead the Department of Orthpaedics & Rehabilitation into the future with a commitment to improving patient outcomes and experiences; supporting faculty, residents, and students to achieve excellence; and finding innovative solutions to the problems medicine and orthopaedics face today.

From my first visit to Yale, I was impressed by the positive energy, creativity, and humanity I found here.

There is a true collaborative spirit of talented and hardworking individuals who are not only improving patient care, but who are also educating the next generation of surgeons.

This department is dedicated to cultivating and providing opportunities for a diverse population of students, residents, faculty, and patients. It is through the collaborative effort of individuals from diverse backgrounds (gender, race, culture, socioeconomic, sexual orientation) and experiences that the significant problems facing health care will be solved. I am committed to providing an inclusive and respectful environment to be at the forefront of positive change.

Research advances in medical and surgical technology – including those developed here – allow patients to have better outcomes and a better quality of life. The Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is committed to the pursuit of the best and most up to date treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, for our patients. Today, thanks to the use of technology such as 3D surgical planning, minimally invasive surgery, patient-specific implants, and tissue engineering, we can accelerate a patient's ability to return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

From the simple to the complex (infancy through adulthood); from traumatic fractures and dislocations to congenital problems; from arthritic joints to sports injuries, we have more than 60 experts ready to treat any musculoskeletal problem or injury with the most cutting-edge procedures and rehabilitation, but also with compassion.

I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to help shape Yale as a world-class leader in our field.

Lisa L. Lattanza, MD, FAOA, FAAOS

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital