Vonda Wright, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon, Keynote Speaker, Author, Innovator, Angel Investor
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Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She specializes in sports medicine and currently serves as the inaugural Chief of Sports Medicine at the Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute in Atlanta. An intra-preneur, Dr. Wright was the Inaugural Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex a 158,000 sqft integrated sports medicine and performance joint venture between UPMC and the 5x Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA). Her pioneering research in mobility and musculoskeletal aging is changing the way we view and treat the aging process. She believes with mobility, smart nutrition and building relationships we can harness our own power to control 70% of our health and aging. Dr. Wright cares for athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels from Division I athletes of Georgia State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Pens Elite developmental hockey teams, World Rugby 7’s and Olympic track and field athletes, players of the PGA Tour Championship and US Open and the Atlanta Ballet. In addition to her surgical practice, Dr. Wright is a media content expert and 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, as well as in magazines such as Maxim, Prevention, Fitness, MORE, Runner’s World, Best Life, and Arthritis Today and numerous online publications. She proudly serves on the Sharecare Medical Advisory Board, the Lake Nona Impact board, the Atlanta Ballet board and is President-elect of the American Heart Association Atlanta. Dr. Wright is the CEO and Founder of Women’s Health Conversations a health education and innovation company reaching millions of women who make key health decisions via live events, a growing on line community and a millennial-focused B2C health innovations platform, “HOT for your health.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n1M0QwqP58 Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored five books; “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age” and “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss- which inspired a complete line of fitness equipment sold exclusively in more than 500 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores nationwide, “Younger in 8 weeks,” an “A Parents Playbook for Raising Healthy Athletes,” and “Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete.” Originally from Chicago, Dr Wright grew up on a farm in Kansas prior to earning her Bachelors Degree from Wheaton College, Masters of Science at Rush University, her medical degree from the University of Chicago, completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, 2x Stanley Cup champion, Peter Taglianetti and their blended family of 6 kids.

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