Dr. DeMaio was born in the hospital where she later attended medical school. She grew up in Vineland, N.J. and then attended Brown University participating in athletics and clubs at both. Her undergraduate degree from Brown was Sc.B. in Honors Biology. At Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel) she was named Most Outstanding Senior Woman and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Even though she decided at the very end of her third year to be an orthopaedic surgeon, she matched! She completed internship in General Surgery and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University.
After completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, she volunteered for active duty service in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. At graduation from Officer Indoctrination School, she won the Battalion Leadership Award setting the stage for her naval career. During her 20-years on active duty, she actively participated in patient care, medical education, and research. She was the first military winner of the AOSSM’s Excellence in Research Award (knee kinematics), the first female winner of the US Medicine and Delta Dental’s Berry Award (body armor, ballistics), and the inaugural winner of the Senior Female Leadership Award in the Military Healthcare System (“Top Doc”). Dr. DeMaio was the first female Chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Program Committee (Annual Meeting and Specialty Day). She was the first female Head Team Physician and Department Head of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Podiatry at the U.S. Naval Academy. Continuing to volunteer, multiple deployments on land and sea. She served as Surgery Department Head for Expeditionary Medical Force-Camp Pendleton in the Gulf and as Chief of Orthopaedics on both hospital ships. Her academic affiliation while on active duty was in the Dept. of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She was a consultant for the USMC, CVX Carrier Program, the Office of the Attending Physician at the US Capital, and the Flight Surgery Office at the Pentagon. At the Naval Postgraduate School and Old Dominion University, she served as a thesis advisor. At the completion of her service, at the rank of Captain, she was interviewed for the US Navy’s Oral History Program. After the military she joined the staff at the VA and Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She is now a Clinical Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery and on staff at the CPL Michael Crescenz VAMC.
Dr. DeMaio has served on numerous local and national committees as well as being an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. She has published peer reviewed research and book chapters and had numerous national as well as international presentations. Currently, she is the President of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. She is Past President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Dr. DeMaio is member on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the American Journal for Sports Medicine. Her interest in education and teaching is reflected in her publications in peer reviewed journals, textbooks, and on-line. Of her awards, Dr. DeMaio says “Teacher of the Year” presented to her by graduating US Navy Chief Residents in Orthopaedic Surgery is the most meaningful.
Click here to read the 2019 Presidential Address given by Dr. Marlene DeMaio on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.