Women in Medtech Forum: Supporting the Female Athlete Across Her Lifecycle
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
|8:00 - 8:30 AM||Registration & Networking|
|8:30 - 9:30 AM||Program|
|9:30 - 10:00 AM||Networking|
|Elizabeth A. Arendt, M.D.|
Professor and Vice Chair
University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Elizabeth is an orthopedic surgeon whose clinical activities have focused on the knee. Her research activities have centered on injuries that are more common in females; in particular injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament and the patellofemoral joint. She has had a lifelong interest and have enjoyed international visibility and clinical expertise in patellofemoral joint injuries, disease, and dysplasias.
She currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board for the IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine. She has been a committee member and chair for a number of organizations including AAOS, AOSSM, ESSKA, and ISAKOS. She received the Founders Award for the best in Sports Medicine from AMSSM in 2005, the Patellofemoral Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and the AOSSM 2021 George D. Rovere Award for Education.
In her current position of Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, combined with 6 years on the NCAA Medical Safeguard Committee, 8 years on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sport, and 20 years as Medical Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at her University, she has gained considerable experience in sports administration and governance at the intercollegiate level.
She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 40+ book chapters.
In 2022, she was inducted into the AOSSM Hall of Fame, being the third female to receive that honor.
She considers herself a lifelong athlete.
She resides with her husband in Mpls, Mn.
Sports Medicine Associate Sales Representative
Summer Avery is a Sports Medicine Associate Sales Representative for Smith and Nephew and former professional volleyball player. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State, San Jose where she competed as a dual-sport scholarship student athlete for the NCAA Division I beach and indoor volleyball programs. She went on to complete her 5th year of NCAA eligibility on the women’s indoor volleyball team at California Baptist University while obtaining a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. In her final season she served as team captain and the team advanced to the NIVC post-season tournament for the first time in program history. After college, Summer played for three seasons as a professional volleyball player in the 1st Division for Lemesos Volleyball Club in Limassol, Cyprus. There she gained valuable experience working with different cultures, coaches, and styles of play. Summer’s experience as a lifelong athlete has given her a unique perspective on women in sports medicine and she is passionate about helping athletes recover from injury and perform at their best. In her free time Summer enjoys hiking, travel photography, and coaching high-school beach volleyball in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona.
|Christie Van Geffen|
Vice President of Global Marketing
Sports Medicine, Joint Repair
Smith + Nephew
Christie Van Geffen is the Vice President of Global Marketing for Sports Medicine, Joint Repair, at Smith + Nephew. Christie began her career at Smith + Nephew in England, UK, 20 years ago, where she worked in the commercial organization before making the move to regional marketing. Relocating to the US in 2010, she has held several positions within Global Marketing, launched many new products and been involved in acquiring and integrating new technologies within Sports Medicine. Christie and her team are committed to advancing surgical solutions for Sports Medicine surgeons, with the ultimate goal of improving patients’ lives.
Christie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Chester University, UK, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Hull University, UK.
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