Dr. Vonda Wright, a Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board member and practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon, has gained national prominence as an expert in active aging. One of only a few female Orthopaedic surgeons in the country, she specializes in fitness and sports medicine and is the creator and director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA); a first of its kind medical and performance based program for recreational and elite athletes alike. Frequently quoted by the popular press and prime time, TV Dr. Wright has published two books “Fitness After 40” and “Dr. Wright’s Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains and Bliss” and created numerous training programs to maximize performance and minimize injury. www.vondawright.com. Follow @DrVondaWright
An academic surgeon, Dr. Wright performs more than 250 musculoskeletal surgeries per year and her award winning basic science and clinical research has resulting in multiple grants, presentations and peer -reviewed publications.
An over 40 athlete herself, Vonda Wright was a competitive ballroom dancer and currently runs road races from the 5K distance up. She recently joined her 70 year old father in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, three Chicago marathons and recently crossed the 5k finish-line carrying her daughter.
BS-Biology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1985-1989
BS,MS-Oncology Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL, 1989-1992
MD-Medicine, University of Chicago- Pritzker, Chicago, IL, 1995-1999
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999-2000
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000-2005
Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, HSS-Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2005-2006
Wright, V. (2011) Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to Thrive: 4 steps to Body, Brains and Bliss. Triumph Books.
Wright, V., Chen A. (2010) Hip Arthroscopy. In: Fu, F, ed. Opertative Techniques in Orthopaedics: 20(4).
Martin, D., Wright, V. and Tashman, S. (2010) “Model-based tracking of the hip: Implications for novel analysis of hip pathology.” Journal of Arthroplasty.
Perricelli, B. and Wright, V. (2010) “ Age-related rates of decline in performance among elite senior athletes” The Care of the Mature Athlete., AAOS.
Wroblewski, A., Mejia, H. and Wright, V. (2010) “The Application of Platelet-Rich Plasma to Enhance Tissue Repair.” Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics.
Leigey, D., Irrgang, J., Francis, K.,Cohen, P. and Wright, V. (2009). “Participation in High-Impact Sports Predicts Bone Mineral Density in Senior Olympic Athletes.” Sports Health 1(6): 508-513.
Wright, V. and Perricelli, B (2008). “Age-related rates of performance decline in performance among elite senior athletes.”American Journal of Sports Medicine 36: 443-450.
Wright, V. and Craig, E. (2008). Mini-open rotator cuff repair. “ Shoulder techniques of the shoulder, elbow and knee in sports medicine.” Saunders publishing
Jordan, S., Hagen, T.,West, R. and Wright, V. (2007). Gender differences in ACL Injury. “Current Concepts in ACL Resonstruction.” Slack publishing.
Wright, V. (2006). “Osteoporosis in Men.” J Am Acad Orthop Surg Vol 14(6): 347-3
Wright, V. and Fu, FH. (2005). “Management of meniscal injuries.” Current Opinion in Orthopedics Vol 16(2): 100-106.
Wright, V., Zelle, B. and Prayson, MJ. (2004). “Bilateral sacroiliac joint dislocation without associated fracture or anterior pelvic ring injuries: A case report”. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Vol 18(9): 634-637.
Wright, V., Peng, H., Usas, A., Cunningham, J., Gearhart, B., and Huard, J. (2002). “BMP4 expressing muscle derived stem cells differentiate into osteogenic lineage and increase bone healing in immunocompetent mice”. Molecular Therapy Vol 6(2), 169-178.
Peng, H., Wright, V., Usas, A., Gearhart, B., Shen, H-C., Cummins, J. and Huard, J. (2002). Synergistic enhancement of bone formation and healing by stem cells expressing VEGF and BMP4. Journal of Clinical Investigation Vol 110(2): 751-759.
Peng, H., Wright, V., Usas, A., Gearhart, B., Cummins, J and Huard, J. (2001). Transplantation of Genetically engineered muscle stem cells to induce bone formation and improve bone healing. Cell Transplantation Vol 10: 505-507.
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