Heather Vallier, MD Elected President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)



Heather A. Vallier, MD Elected President of the
Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)

Heather Vallier


Heather A. Vallier, MD has been named the 36th President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and the first ever female President. She is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Vallier is a native of Wisconsin and graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University in 1989, receiving a BA in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she received Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Research. She completed her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a fellowship is Orthopaedic Traumatology at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.


She was recruited to the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland in 2001 and in 2007 she was awarded the inaugural C. L. Nash M.D. Professorship in Orthopaedic Education.


Dr. Vallier has lectured nationally and internationally on her research and on fracture techniques on hundreds of occasions. She has published over 150 journal articles and 18 book chapters. She has also been awarded for teaching at both basic and advanced fracture courses, and as Educator of the Year in 2020 by the residents of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Vallier has received many research grants over the past several years, including an award from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association to study the effects of surgical timing in multiply-injured patients, and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, involved in numerous multicenter trials evaluating injury treatment and outcomes.


Dr. Vallier has served for several years within the OTA, on the Board of Directors and as the inaugural Chair of the Publications Committee. She is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. She also enjoys mentoring and advising students and residents and served as the Director of Education in Orthopaedic Surgery at MetroHealth from 2002-2009 and 2012-2015. In 2013 she founded the Trauma Recovery Services program at MetroHealth and has served as the Medical Director of the program since that time.


The OTA Board of Directors also welcomed two new members at the 2020 October Business Meeting: Brendan M. Patterson, MD is the 2nd President-Elect and has been a member of OTA since 1993. Anna N. Miller, MD is the newest Member at Large. She has been an active member of the OTA since 2007. 


The OTA is a professional membership organization of over 2,700 orthopaedic trauma surgeons and healthcare providers. The mission of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) is to promote excellence in care for the injured patient, through provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the public. 

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