Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD

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Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Adult Reconstruction- Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Service

Washington University Orthopedics
St. Louis, MO

Why did you join AAOS?

AAOS is the most important and significant organization in our field. AAOS is and will continue to be the leader in our practice advocating for orthopaedic surgeons and musculoskeletal patients. AAOS has had a tremendous impact in my education and continues to be the authority source of information for bone and joint conditions. I truly share the AAOS’ values and mission, as such, it is important for me to be part of it.

Do you currently volunteer with a committee? If yes, which one(s)?

  • DEI Committee
  • NFL MSK Research Committee

How do you define success?

For me, success is developing your full potential as an individual and have fulfillment in anything that you do. Have the courage to continue and be yourself.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration nowadays is Jane Goodall. I admire her resiliency, grit and indomitable human spirit. Her message for hope and that as individuals we make a difference every day, and millions of our individual ethical choices in how we behave will move us toward a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable world. One of her favorite quotes has helped me to face so many overwhelming challenges that I have encountered during my career “As your days, so shall your strength be.” Meaning that when trials of life come, you will be given the strength to cope with them.

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?

AAOS has allowed me to connect with leaders in my field and meet past and current mentors, all which have significantly changed the course of my career. AAOS has always given me a feeling of belonging. Being an IMG, AAOS was always the first place to start getting connected to the rest of the world.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

Get involved. Understand all of the things that AAOS has to offer. Read the AAOS News Today, this is a great way to keep updated on what is going on at the AAOS. Network!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?

I have an identical twin sister who lives in Africa and studies Chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, where Jane Goodall did all her studies on Chimpanzees!