Dr. Lisa Lattanza to join Yale School of Medicine as chair of orthopedics and rehabilitation

Written by Laura Dyrda | May 14, 2019 | Print  |

Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., lured away a leader from University of California, San Francisco's orthopedics department to become its new chair of the orthopedics and rehabilitation department.

Lisa Lattanza, MD, has accepted an appointment as chair of Yale School of Medicine's department of orthopedics and rehabilitation as well as chief of orthopedics at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. She will begin her tenure on Sept. 1.

Dr. Lattanza currently heads the hand, elbow and upper extremity division and program director for the hand and upper extremity fellowship at UCSF. She has spent the past two decades at UCSF after completing her fellowship in pediatric hand and upper extremity care at Dallas-based Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lattanza has stayed on the forefront of innovation and is known for her experience with patient-specific 3D surgical planning and technology for deformity correction. She led the team that performed the world's first elbow-to-elbow transplant in 2016 and pioneered a new approach to chronic monteggia fracture dislocation treatment for children.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Lattanza is committed to promoting the field of orthopedics, especially among women. She co-founded the Perry Outreach Program in 2009 to expose high school girls to orthopedic surgery, which has reached more than 10,000 high school, college and medical students. In 2017, she served as president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, an organization devoted to women in orthopedics.

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