Mary I. O’Connor, M.D.
Chair, Movement is Life Caucus
Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health
Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Friday, November 4, 2016 • 8:45 AM–10:00 AM
In May of 2015, Dr. O’Connor became the inaugural Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health, leading the creation of a new value and patient focused model of care delivery in an academic medical setting. She also continues her work as Chair of the Diversity Advisory Board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, focusing on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the profession and educating providers on culturally related issues.
Dr. O’Connor received her M.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1985. She completed her residency in orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1990 and her fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the same institution in 1991. She practiced at Mayo Clinic in Florida until 2015 during which time she served in many leadership roles: Enterprise wide Medical Director of Compliance; Chair, Orthopedic Surgery Department; Associate Medical Director for Development; Program Director of the Adult Reconstructive Fellowship; Associate Dean for Surgery Education and member of the Executive Operations Team.
Dr. O’Connor has also published extensively on oncology and arthroplasty related topics with particular areas of interest including limb salvage in the management of sarcomas involving the pelvic and shoulder girdles, gender differences in outcomes related to joint replacement surgery, sex difference in knee osteoarthritis and use of stem cells to potentially treat osteoarthritis. Dr. O’Connor’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Journal of Arthroplasty and Orthopedics.
Dr. O’Connor was the first female member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS), the
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and The Knee Society. She is the Past President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeon, AAHKS, MSTS and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society. She is a member of the Perry Foundation Board, past member of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health and past Chair of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board. She has served as the Chair of the Movement is Life Caucus since its founding in 2010. She is committed to advancing the care of musculoskeletal health for all patients in the United States.
Dr. O’Connor has received numerous awards and honors during her training and career, including being named a Distinguished Clinician at Mayo Clinic and receiving The Corinne Farrell Award from the International Skeletal Society in 2009. She received the Congressional Gold Medal as a 1980 Olympian and is noted for her encouragement of women in career advancement. She was named a 2011 Health Care Hero by the Jacksonville Business Journal and 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.