Women in Arthroplasty Committee

Providing mentorship, professional development and networking for the growing membership of women in AAHKS
The Women in Arthroplasty Committee (WIA) plans and oversees programs and activities that provide mentorship, professional development and networking for the growing membership of women in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Apply Today for the 2023 AAHKS Women in Arthroplasty Traveling Fellowship

Designed to encourage the promotion of women surgeons in the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) through networking, mentorship, education, research, and practice management opportunities this fellowship will afford two recipients the opportunity to participate in this very special travelling fellowship. At host sites, traveling fellows will observe operating rooms, learn new surgical techniques alongside accomplished surgeons, and present their own research and clinical experiences. The program encourages the promotion of women surgeons with networking, mentorship, education, research and practice management opportunities.


Fellowship Applicant Criteria

  • Woman orthopaedic surgeon
  • Either board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Availability to travel for two weeks in the fall months (September-November)
  • Able to attend the AAHKS annual meeting following the fellowship

2023 Sites

1. Boston, MA

  • Antonia Chen, MD: Director of Arthroplasty Research, Brigham and Womens Hospital/Harvard
  • Ayesha Abdeen, MD: Chief, Division of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, BMC
  • Eric Smith, MD: Chief of Arthroplasty, New England Baptist Hospital

2. Philadelphia, PA

  • Cara Cipriano, MD: Chief Orthopaedic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Danielle Ponzio, MD: Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
  • Chad Kruger, MD: Rothman Orthopaedic Institute


Contact Eileen Lusk, WIA staff liaison at eileen@aahks.org or 847-430-5071.

AAHKS gratefully acknowledges 
Smith+NephewStryker, and Zimmer Biomet for their generout support of this program.

Surgeons Raise Awareness of Gender Bias in Follow Up Video

“I didn’t know they let girls in orthopaedics; do you actually do the surgery?” This is one of several actual comments said to female orthopaedic surgeons brought to light in our follow up video from the AAHKS Women in Arthroplasty Committee (WIA). The video features female and male surgeons reading derogatory comments out loud in front of the camera with examples of how male leaders or colleagues can support female surgeons.

Like we have done in the past, the project involved collecting actual comments from WIA peers that they had heard from their employers, colleagues and patients.

“Our hope is that the video will bring awareness in the orthopaedic workplace so that everyone is more aware of their inherent biases, eliminates them and ultimately encourages more women to be successful in this field,” said Audrey K. Tsao, MD, WIA Chair.

For next steps after watching the video, watch the WIA/RJOS webinar, “Harassment is Everyone’s Issue: Optimizing Your Work Environment,” moderated by Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA.

Share this video! Contact Kenneth Robinson, Communications Manager, if you need the original video file to show offline at your event.


WIA is dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the field of adult reconstructive surgery for the betterment of patient care, enhanced surgeon well-being, and education of patients and surgeons in order to advance the field of hip and knee arthroplasty.
WIA believes that promoting women in arthroplasty will provide mentorship and the positive collegial professional development of female surgeons in the field. This will also shape the future of arthroplasty, ultimately translating into enhanced patient care for those with arthritic disorders of the hip and knee joint.
WIA is committed to increasing the number of women surgeons in arthroplasty to better serve AAHKS, and most importantly, enhance our society of musculoskeletal patients that we serve.


  • Build mentorship pipeline programs for women students, residents and fellows
  • Build a knowledge-based culture of inclusion in AAHKS
  • Develop meaningful data-driven and feasible diversity and inclusion goals across AAHKS
  • Promote education, leadership and professional development for women in arthroplasty
  • Increase membership of women in AAHKS
  • Assess and influence perception of women in arthroplasty
  • Diversify our arthroplasty workforce to create an inclusive environment to counteract potential subconscious bias

Get Involved

Get involved in WIA and sign up to be a mentor or mentee too. Click here to complete this form, and we will be in touch.

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Contact Us

If you would like more information, please contact Eileen Lusk, Director of Membership and WIA Liaison, at eileen@aahks.org.

Committee Members

Rina Jain, MD, FRCSC, Chair
Linda I. Suleiman, MD, Vice Chair
Cara A. Cipriano, MD, MSc
Kerry S. Hale, MD
Elizabeth A. Klag, MD
Claudette M. Lajam, MD
Jessica H. Lee, MD
Elizabeth G. Lieberman, MD
Adam S. Olsen, MD, MS
Eric L. Smith, MD
Audrey K. Tsao, MD, Past Chair

Committee Liaisons

Jaime L. Bellamy, DO
Digital Health and Social Media, Arthroplasty Today-Social Media Editor

Jenna A. Bernstein, MD
Young Arthroplasty Group (YAG)

Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA  
Program Committee Chair, Arthroplasty Today-Associate Editor

Anna Cohen-Rosenblum, MD

Elizabeth B. Gausden, MD   
Quality Measures

Rinelda M. Horton, MD 
Diversity Advisory Board (DAB), Gladden Society for WIA

Claudette M. Lajam, MD

Jessica H. Lee, MD
Industry Relations

Alexandra Stavrakis, MD
Patient and Public Relations

Kim K. Tucker, MD 
Board of Directors (BOD), Member-at-Large

Wendy W. Wong, MD   
Practice Management

Committee Volunteers

Meghan A. Brown, MD
Diane S. Litke, MD
Leslie M. Manohar, MD
Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD
Danielle Y. Ponzio, MD
Christine M. Pui, MD
Amy Steinhoff, MD
Sara J. Wallace, MD, MPH

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