STEUBENVILLE - Dr. Lisa Kaye Cannada will be the speaker for the 2012 commencement exercises for the Steubenville Catholic Central graduating Class of 2012.
Catholic Central Principal Rich Wilinski said Cannada, the former Lisa Metcalf, is a 1981 graduate of Catholic Central High School. Central's graduation is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 27 in the Finnegan Fieldhouse on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
"She received her bachelor of science degree from Ohio University in 1985, a master of science in exercise and sports science from the University of Arizona in 1987 and her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She graduated with the highest honors at each level," Wilinski said.
"Cannada currently serves as an orthopedic traumatologist at St. Louis University Hospital and St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, and she is an associate professor at St. Louis University. Prior to her current position, Cannada held the post of orthopedic traumatologist at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She was chief of orthopedic trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and orthopedic traumatologist at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. Cannada served her residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, as well as her general surgery internship. She has also been an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Dallas and Emory University in Atlanta," Wilinski said.
Cannada holds licenses and board certifications from the state of Missouri, state of Texas Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
"Dr. Cannada's honors and awards include a resident teaching award, and top doctor recognition by St. Louis Magazine. She's listed in the 'Guide to America's Top Orthopedist,' as well as "America's Best Doctors." She has been nominated for the International Health Professional of the Year Award, and has been a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Health Care Hero and the Howard Rosen Award as the best table instructor at the Madison, Wis., AONA Resident's Basic Course," continued Wilinski.
Cannada also received numerous awards during her undergraduate, graduate and medical school years, and has served as an editor and reviewer of a myriad of medical journals and textbooks.
She is a member of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; the Orthopedic Trauma Association, where she serves on the board of directors, and the Foundation of Orthopedic Trauma. She is president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and assistant program director at the St. Louis University Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
Cannada is the founder and mentor of Women in Trauma, which was developed for women pursuing careers in orthopedic trauma. The program has grown to more than 70 participants and has become a benchmark for other mentoring groups.
Cannada has published several dozen articles dealing with orthopedic trauma and she has scientific articles pending. She also authored the book "Guide for Women in Orthopedic Surgery."
Her skills at writing grants have resulted in several awards, most notably a grant of $1.1 million from the Department of Defense for "a trial to assess, type and timing of grafting for long bone segmental defects." She has been a frequent presenter at medical symposiums and conferences all over the United States.
Cannada has lectured and served as a visiting professor at many teaching hospitals in the country, including Ohio State University, Emory University, the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Baylor University Medical Center, the University of Texas, Georgetown University, University of Mississippi and the University of Maryland.
Cannada has also been active in research projects dealing with her field of orthopedic trauma. Cannada holds membership in the Missouri Orthopedic Association, the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Orthopedic Trauma Association, Southeastern Fracture Consortium, Foundation of Orthopedic Trauma and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society.
Cannada volunteers her time to Habitat for Humanity and serves dinner for the homeless at Thanksgiving. She is and avid runner and cyclist.
Cannada is married to Jeff Cannada, and they are the parents of a 6-year-old daughter, Anna Lise.