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The Development Committee



Chair (2022-2025) - Active
Lisa Cannada, MD
Committee Member (2022-2025) - Active
Jacqueline M. Brady,MD
Committee Member (2022-2025) - Candidate
Sara Sue VanNortwick, MD
Committee Member (2022-2025) - Active
Stephanie E. Wong, MD
Development Committee Chair

Lisa K. Cannada, MD

Dr. Cannada is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon from Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr Cannada is affiliated with Novant Health, where she is the Director of Faculty Integration for the UNC School of Medicine Charlotte Campus, Medical Student Clerkship Director, and Professor.

Dr. Cannada completed a 3-year term on the AAOS Board of Directors in 2018 as the first female Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies. She was responsible for developing the current fellowship match process for orthopaedics. She is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and served on the Board of Directors, and received the first OTA DEI and Health Disparities Leadership Award in October 2022. She served as a President of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and received the inaugural “She for She” Award in 2022. She edited and produced both editions, “Guide for Women in Orthopaedic Surgery” and the “Guide for Medical Students in Orthopaedic Surgery.” She currently chairs the Development Committee and is on their Board of Directors. She is a founding member of SpeakUpOrtho.

"I am excited and honored to represent RJOS with an awesome committee whose work will help RJOS be fiscally responsible so we can continue to provide the opportunities for our members in terms of education and scholarship as part of our mission."

Dr. Cannada has made it her mission to improve the path for those that follow through her work and leadership roles. She could not do this without the support of her family, her husband, Jeff, daughter Annalise, and her parents, the late John W. Metcalf MD, and her mom, Theresa Metcalf.

Our Work

40th Anniversary Campaign

The Development Committee spearheaded the 2022-2023 RJOS 40th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign was a huge success thanks to our members. We raised $70,000 through the campaign and auction. With support from a generous donor who matched all donations, our total dollars raised was $140,000. The support was overwhelming, and the money will go towards funding scholarships, mentorship programs, educational podcasts, visiting professors, traveling fellowships, medical student chapters, and professional development.

2023-2024 Campaign

The 2023-24 year brings up the sustainability of our mission through your donations and encourages annual giving. We are partnering with industry leaders for support. We aim to create different levels of sponsorship opportunities to be funded by industry, individuals, and critical alliances. Specifically, the development committee is seeking support for essential RJOS programs and initiatives:
  • Webinars/Podcasts/Virtual Education
  • Podcasts
  • Mentoring program for orphan medical students-lab
  • Visiting Professors
  • Annual Meeting special guests
  • RJOS Awards


The AAOS IDEA Grant Program provides resources for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. The RJOS Development Committee was awarded one IDEA grant in 2022, which provided travel grants for 16 Medical students to attend the RJOS Annual Meeting and interact with female orthopaedic surgeons. In 2023, the Development Committee and RJOS will submit three separate IDEA grant applications. (link to PDF attached on the study of grant recipients)

RJOS Merchandise

In addition, as proud members of RJOS, we are creating RJOS-branded merchandise for our members! Members will support their support by wearing our swag, including pullovers, scrub caps, and more. Stay tuned for the RJOS store!

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