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 U.S. Navy. During her 20-year career 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), the inaugural winner of the Senior Female Leadership Award in the Military Healthcare System, and the first female Chair for the AOSSM’s Program Committee (Annual Meeting and Specialty Day). After the military she joined the staff at the VA and Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She will be joining an academic practice in Philadelphia, PA soon. She has served on numerous local and national committees. Currently, she is the President of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Dr. DeMaio is 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, the OKU, and on-line. Of her awards, Dr. DeMaio says “Teacher of the Year” presented to her by graduating chief residents is the most dear to her.