Surgeon works to recruit women for orthopedics

resized_99261-jcsj7759_21-20320_t728Dr. Kate McCarthy is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery, and she wants more girls to be like her, so she’s prepared to help them bone up on biology, then drill ’em.

McCarthy — when she’s not at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics or being a mom — is a mentor for the Perry Initiative, a national organization that helps young women interested in engineering and orthopedics. These are fields overwhelmingly populated by men.

The organization holds its annual outreach program for Little Rock area high school students interested in exploring orthopedics or engineering careers Dec. 5 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It will feature six hands-on “mock surgical” exercises and participants will hear lectures from local female surgeons and engineers.

McCarthy’s belief in the importance of “a community of women” helps her prioritize and budget her time and involvement in community service.

“I want young women to see the potential in a field that is greater than 87 percent male-populated,” she says. “Only 7 percent of practicing orthopedic surgeons are women.”


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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