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Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist Hannafin Presents 21st Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift Lecture


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Dr. Jo A. Hannafin recently gave the 21st Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture to orthopaedic staff, residents and…
October 29, 2019

Dr. Jo A. Hannafin recently gave the 21st Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture to orthopaedic staff, residents and fellows at the Erie County Medical Center.

Hannafin is an attending orthopaedic surgeon, orthopaedic director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery, as well as a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College. She presented on two topics – “Adhesive Capsulitis: From the Clinic to the Bench and Back Again” and “Sex Differences in Sports Medicine.”

21st Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture - October 2019

From left are Alex Connaughton, MD; Brian Scrivens, MD; William Wind, MD; Matthew DiPaola, MD; Geoffrey Bernas, MD; Jo. A. Hannafin, MD; Leslie Bisson, MD: John Marzo, MD; Marc Fineberg, MD; and Michael Freitas, MD.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s first female president in 2013-14 and a past president of the Herodicus Society, Hannafin is as active in the research and education world as she is in her surgical sports medicine practice. Her research is focused on the effect of mechanical load on biology of ligament fibroblasts and adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.

The Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift Lectures are a biannual symposium sponsored by a legacy grant, originally awarded to the department in 2015 by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The grant also supports the educational efforts of the Department of Orthopaedics in the Sports Medicine Instruction Laboratory and is used to foster clinical and translational research.

Following her presentations, Hannafin received a tour of the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In the Surgical Simulation Lab, she donned scrubs and mentored the UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine fellows, residents and staff in her methods of ACL reconstruction. She received the traditional crystal buffalo from Department Chair Leslie Bisson, MD as a memento and to thank her for participating in the lecture series.