Vonda Wright, MD

Conference Founder + Keynote

Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She specializes in sports medicine and is one of only a few female orthopedic surgeons in the USA. Dr. Wright is the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA) and the Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Her pioneering research in musculoskeletal aging and mobility is changing the way we view and treat the aging process.

Dr. Wright regularly appears on national TV shows including “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors.” She is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report, in magazines such as Maxim, Prevention, Fitness, MORE, Runner’s World, Best Life and Arthritis Today, and in numerous online publications. Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored three mainstream books, “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age,” “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss,” and the second edition of Fitness After 40- “Your Strong Body at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond.”

Dr. Wright earned her first Bachelors degree in Biology from Wheaton College and her second Bachelors and Master’s of science in Oncology Nursing at Rush University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and completed her fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Wright currently practices at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and UPMC Hospitals, serves as the team doc for 5 of the University of Pittsburgh Olympic Sports Teams and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and lives with her husband, 2x Stanley Cup Champion, Peter Taglianetti and their blended family of 6 children in Pittsburgh.