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Greenwich Doctor Garners County-Wide 'Trailblazer' Recognition

Dr. Katherine Vadasdi, director of the ONS Women’s Sports Center, has been recognized as a 'Female Trailblazer' in Fairfield County.
Dr. Katherine Vadasdi, director of the ONS Women’s Sports Center, has been recognized as a 'Female Trailblazer' in Fairfield County. Photo Credit: ONS

GREENWICH, Conn. -- For Dr. Katherine Vadasdi, a joint specialist at Greenwich-based ONS, following the status quo has never been her calling.

“I never let the fact that I was a female serve as a barrier to achieving my goals,” said Vadasdi, who was recently awarded the 2017 Female Trailblazer Award at the annual Fairfield County Doctors of Distinction Awards ceremony in Darien. Succeeding in a field where women make up less than 15 percent of all orthopedic surgeons has required hard work, but thanks to her extensive support network, Vadasdi has become a role model and resource for women athletes and aspiring doctors. "Unconditional support and encouragement of family members, friends and colleagues is of paramount importance," she said. "I wouldn’t be here without that support.”

Since joining ONS in 2010 as a shoulder, elbow and knee specialist, Vadasdi has garnered considerable praise for her work, especially as director of the ONS Women’s Sports Medicine Center. In treating female athletes, she's helped patients make healthy choices for athletic participation, injury prevention and recovery. An accomplished triathlete in her own right, Vadasdi has completed Ironman competitions, ascended Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier and the Grand Teton, and enjoys playing squash, skiing and sailing. Thanks to her background, Vadasdi possesses firsthand knowledge of the common problems that effect active women, and can offer treatment and advice.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Vadasdi served her residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery and completed fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, and has been active in the ongoing research to curb opioid addiction among teens and athletes.

Additionally, Dr. Vadasdi serves as a mentor through the Foundation’s Research and Summer Internship Programs and during the Mini-Med School program, which provides 15 high school students with the opportunity to participate in a week-long workshop in orthopedics.

She currently treats patients at ONS offices in both Greenwich and Stamford.

For more information on the orthopedic services offered by ONS, click here.