Lisa Cannada, M.D.

Dr. Lisa Cannada is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon from Jacksonville, FL working for Novant Health Fracture Clinic and the Hughston Clinic. She is the clerkship Director for Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Faculty Integration for the UNC Charlotte Medical Campus.

Lisa completed a 3-year term on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons BOD in 2018 as the first female Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies.  She is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and she served on the OTA Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and was active in numerous committees, including chair of the Fellowship Match committee and developing the match process for fellows in all disciplines of orthopaedic surgery as we currently know it. She developed the Young Practitioners Forum- this program provides leadership to residents, fellows, and young practitioners regarding transition into a fellowship and practice setting. In addition, she initiated the Women in Trauma breakfast. She currently serves on the Diversity, Education Committee and Practice Management Committee and Diversity Committee. She served as editor for the popular core curriculum Lecture Series for Residents.

Dr. Cannada has been active in the AAOS for several years, beginning initially as a Leadership Fellow. She has served on numerous committees for the academy including the Resident Candidate and Fellow subcommittee, and chairman of the Membership committee and the BOS Match Oversight Committee. She was the editor of OKU 11. She is currently on the Trauma Program committee and the Leadership Institute.

“Creating awareness can lead to the difficult conversations necessary to initiate change.”

She also served as a president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society in 2011, served on its BOD and was active in numerous committees. She edited and produced both editions (2009 and 2014) of the RJOS “Guide for Women in Orthopaedic Surgery” and released the “Guide for Medical Students in Orthopaedic Surgery” in July 2020. She is currently back  on the BOD and Development Committee Chair, leading the RJOS 40th Anniversary Campaign.

Lisa is Chair of the Mid America Orthopaedic Association Education Committee and serves on its BOD. She also is Co-Chair of the Research Committee and serves on the BOD of the Southeast Fracture Consortium. For the Association of Women Surgeons, she is Publications Committee Academic Co-Chair and fostered the Resident Reviewer Series. As one can see, education and is a passion. Dr. Cannada is very involved in mentoring the young practitioner and providing mentorship at all levels. Her clinical expertise includes the mangled extremity, polytrauma patients and complex fractures. She is interested in clinical outcomes research and fracture repair and healing. 

"She for She"

Dr. Cannada has made it her mission to make the path better for those that follow, by her work and leadership roles. She is passionate about the topics of diversity, discrimination, bullying and harassment in medicine.

She is a co-founder of #Speak Up Ortho. Promoting a positive culture in orthopaedics, realizing the culture starts at the top is important to achieving increased diversity. More importantly, creating awareness can lead to the difficult conversations necessary to initiate change. Discrimination, bullying and harassment exist and are still tolerated in the workplace. It is important that people who suffer from these indignations, know they have #Speak Up Ortho to turn to for support.

In 2022, Dr. Cannada received was she considers the two biggest honors of her career. The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society  awarded her the inaugural “She for She” award given to a person who supports and elevates others. The Orthopaedic Trauma Association awarded her the first OTA DEI and Health Disparities Leadership Award in October 2022. She is honored and humbled to lead by example.

She has over 200 publications and 250 presentations at national meetings.

She could not do all this without the loving support of her husband Jeff and daughter Annalise and her parents, Theresa Metcalf and the late Dr. John Metcalf.