Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Katherine Coyner named prestigious ELAM Fellow

Dr. Katherine Coyner of UConn Health, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, has been selected to participate in a prestigious one-year ELAM Female Leadership Fellowship. ELAM is the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership Program in University Medicine® for Women.

“I am very honored to have been selected for this prestigious Women’s Leadership Fellowship,” said Coyner. “ELAM is all about leadership development and I look forward to honing my leadership skills and learning new ones. Participation in the program will not only help improve our clinical orthopedic surgery program, but will also enhance the field of orthopedic surgery for the next generation of surgeons to come, which is my passion.

Coyner is board certified in orthopedic surgery and her sub-specialty is sports medicine. She offers advanced treatments and surgical options for patients suffering from a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions of the shoulder, hip and knee. She is also a UConn team doctor and covers many collegiate sporting events.

Coyner founded the Inspiring Women in Engineering and Medicine (IWEM) program which conducts hands-on educational workshops to introduce young women to the medical sciences, including the field of orthopedic surgery. Its mission is to propel more women into these career fields, especially orthopedic surgery, as only around 7% of orthopedic surgeons are currently women.

ELAM® alumni number more than 1,200 and hold leadership positions in 295 academic health centers around the world. ELAM is hosted at Drexel University College of Medicine. The medical school continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine begun by the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first degree-granting medical school for women and a predecessor of Drexel University College of Medicine.

Coyner is part of the largest class of 72 scholars ever received by ELAM. She begins her ELAM courses in June and will complete the scholarship next spring.

“We are extremely excited to see the impact these women will have on their institutions,” says ELAM Executive Director Dr. Nancy D. Spector of her new 2022-2023 class. “Women are exceptional leaders who are able to bring about critical systemic changes in their institutions. The need for the highest quality leaders in academic health care has never been greater, and we are doing all we can to help meet that need by providing exceptional and innovative leadership training for the women.

ELAM is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for leadership positions in the schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy. The prestigious program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills needed to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment, with particular attention to the unique challenges faced by women in leadership positions.

Coyner was nominated for the program by the Dean of the UConn School of Medicine, Dr. Bruce T. Liang, who is also the interim CEO of UConn Health.

“Dr. Coyner is already an incredible leader and an inspiration to his colleagues and so many medical students and residents,” Liang said. “Congratulations to Dr. Coyner. I know the ELAM Fellowship Program will carry his leadership skills to even greater heights.

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