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Mary I. O’Connor, MD

Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care; Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health


In May of 2015, Dr. O’Connor became the inaugural Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of 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 is Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. O’Connor received her MD from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed her orthopedic residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She practiced at Mayo Clinic in Florida until 2015, during which time she served as the enterprise-wide Medical Director of Compliance, Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Associate Medical Director for Development, Associate Dean for Surgery Education, and member of the Executive Operations Team.

Dr. O’Connor has published extensively in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals on limb salvage in orthopedic tumor surgery, sex and gender differences in arthritis and joint replacement, and use of bone marrow aspirate for treating knee arthritis. Current research focuses on tele-rehabilitation and improved outcomes for fragility hip fracture patients.

Dr. O’Connor was the first female member of numerous orthopedic professional societies and past President of the International Society of Limb Salvage, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society. She is past Chair of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board and Diversity Advisory Board. She has served as the Chair of the Movement Is Life Caucus since its founding in 2010, a multi-stakeholder group committed to decreasing health care disparities.

Dr. O’Connor has received numerous awards and honors, including being named Distinguished Clinician at Mayo Clinic and receiving the Corinne Farrell Award from the International Skeletal Society. She received the Congressional Gold Medal as a 1980 Olympian.

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