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Baumhauer First Female to Head Orthopaedic Association

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Nationally renowned foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon Judith F. Baumhauer, M.D., recently was elected as the first woman president of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA), a regional professional organization representing 1,200 orthopaedic surgeons from Maine to Florida. One of five regional orthopaedic associations in the nation, the EOA provides a smaller, hands-on forum for its members to learn the latest advancements in orthopaedic surgery.

 As professor and chief of the Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Baumhauer is used to setting firsts. She was the first female faculty member appointed to the Department of Orthopaedic’s faculty at the Medical Center, and is one of the few female professors of foot and ankle surgery in the country.

A nationally recognized teacher, researcher, and clinician, Baumhauer leads the Strong Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Institute, a joint venture in clinical care and research with the Ithaca College Physical Therapy Department. These collaborative efforts in diabetes and biomechanics research have resulted in receiving the highest awards given for foot and ankle research by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, including the prestigious Roger Mann, M.D. Award for excellence in clinical research and the J. Leonard Goldner award, which honors outstanding basic science research.

Baumhauer teaches surgical courses nationally and internationally on a variety of foot and ankle topics. Her clinical interests include arthritis, painful flatfoot, foot reconstruction, diabetic foot and ankle problems and ankle replacement.

She has published nearly 40 articles in peer reviewed journals, and has contributed chapters on her specialty to more than 30 medical textbooks. Baumhauer is also a member of and serves in leadership positions in many professional organizations, including the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Federation of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Board, American Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Research Society and the Orthopaedic Foot Club.

She received her medical degree from the Medicine University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Residency Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. She continued her training with a fellowship at the Foot and Ankle Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin, before coming to URMC in 1995.

Baumhauer resides in Fairport with her husband and three children.

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