Orthopedic Surgeon and Author of Fitness After 40

Vonda Wright, MD is an orthopedic surgeon, speaker, author and researcher. One of the few women in orthopedic surgery, she specializes in sports medicine and is the Director of P.R.I.M.A: the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In these roles she cares for athletes and active fitness participants, from people stepping away from the couch for the first time in 20 years to weekend warriors and elite competitors, while conducting research focused on musculoskeletal aging and athletes over 40.

As an expert in maximizing performance and minimizing injury in adults, Wright penned her first book, Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age in 2009, which led to the development of an exclusive partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods to create an entire line of Fitness After 40 products. This unique medical program is specifically designed to target the fitness and performance needs of adults. By combining flexibility, aerobic exercise, strength training, balance and products specifically designed for adults, participants of Dr. Wright’s programs thrive as they F.A.C.E. their futures.

A valuable resource on healthy aging and orthopedic issues, Dr. Wright is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, CNN.com and MSNBC and in magazines such as Maxim, Best Life, Runner's World, Prevention and Arthritis Today and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, ABC Health News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Doctors, CNN, Better TV and CBS affiliate KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh TODAY Live.

Dr. Wright serves on the medical advisory board of the National Arthritis Foundation, International Council on Active Aging, Fitness Magazine, SportsMD.com (the premier site for sports injury education) and RaceNation.com, a web-based racing network.

She received her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, her bachelor's degree in biology from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill., and her master's degree in oncology nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.  Dr. Wright served her residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City before returning to the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

For more information about Dr. Wright and her book, Fitness After 40, visit www.vondawrightmd.com.

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