Dr. Vonda Wright is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and medical director of the UPMC Lemieux sports complex.
Dr. Vonda Wright is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty certification in sports medicine. She treats patients of all ages and skill levels with activity related musculoskeletal injuries of the shoulders, hips and knees.
Dr. Wright currently serves as the inaugural medical director of the UPMC Lemieux sports complex which is an innovative collaboration between the elite sports medicine of UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. She's the creator and founding director of the performance research initiative for Masters athletes (PRIMA); A one-of-a-kind program for maximizing the performance and minimizing injury in recreational exercisers over 40 and elite Masters athletes alike.
As a member of the sports medicine faculty, Dr. Wright focuses on arthroscopy of the hip, shoulder and knee and cares for hundreds of athletes and Active people per year.
Her award winning basic science and clinical research has resulted in multiple grants presentation and peer-reviewed publications.
A team physician caring for athletes since 1985, Dr. Wright serves as the team physician for five of the NCAA Division I university of Pittsburg's Olympic sport teams including men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball and women's basketball. She is the head physician for the Pittsburgh Ballet theatre's elite artist athletes. Dr. Wright leads the medical team for more than 400 youth hockey players of the Pens Elite youth development teams, is a match doctor for USA rugby 7's tournament play and the medical director of the Pittsburgh triathlon.
Dr. Wright completed a fellowship in sports medicine and upper extremity at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and her residency in Orthopedic Surgey at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her medical degree from Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, her master’s degree in oncology nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. A Chicago native, she now makes her home in Pittsburgh.