Dr. Mary O’Connor, M.D., knew Mayo Clinic had one of the best orthopedic departments in the country, but residents at her medical school said she didn't have a chance of getting in at Mayo because the competition was very tough and because she is a woman. There were few women in orthopedic surgery at that time and she was told to apply to less prestigious programs.
Despite the lack of encouragement from her fellow medical school students at Medical College of Pennsylvania, which is now Drexel University College of Medicine, in 1985 she was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair.
Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.