Dallas Vanorny, MD, PhD


Dallas Vanorny, MD, PhD
Adult Reconstruction Fellow, UPMC
Currently: Adult Reconstruction Fellow, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
Future: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The AAOS has helped me by providing exceptional orthopaedic education materials, networking opportunities, and by offering several in-person and virtual courses and webinars. I have also utilized the AAOS Career Center for career development guidance. 

As a Fellowship Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
I frequently use ResStudy, Orthopaedic Video Theater, and ROCK for educational content, and I appreciate having access to JAAOS. ResStudy was very useful for OITE and ABOS Part 1 preparation, ROCK for in-depth orthopedic education, and Orthopaedic Video Theater to prepare for cases and to explore different surgical methods. I also frequently review the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines when making clinical decisions, and I often direct patients to OrthoInfo when they inquire about available online resources.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
"You're never wrong if you always do what is right." I heard this from several former BCM orthopaedic residents who are now attending there, though the original quote is from former BCM Orthopedic Chair, Dr. Charles Reitman.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Complete one task before moving on to the next.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
I am trying to be better at getting to know and thanking all of the people that I work with. Surgery requires a very large team of individuals to help coordinate clinic and surgical schedules, pre-operative appointments and clearances, and to conduct cases. Each of these people plays a critical role in the delivery of patient care, and they all deserve appreciation and recognition. 

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two young boys.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
My doctoral thesis was on the role of the Notch signaling pathway in mammalian ovarian follicle formation and function.