Orlando Health recognizes women in orthopedic surgery

25% of current orthopedic surgery residents are female

Orlando, FL (March 31, 2023) – During National Physicians Week and Women’s History Month, Orlando Health would like to recognize women paving the way in orthopedic surgery.

0824 Female Ortho Surgeons

(L-R) Amelia Weingart, MD, Nichole Perry, MD, Taylor Johnson, MD and Kate Druskovich, MD

Currently, six out of Orlando Health’s 24 orthopedic surgery residents are women. Orthopedic surgery is historically one of the most male-dominated specialties in medicine. According to 2017 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, women were the least represented in orthopedic surgery at 5.3%.

“I see entering orthopedic surgery as an opportunity,” said Orlando Health PG-4 resident Dr. Nichole Perry. “We’re able to show patients and peers that women are equally capable to excel in this exciting and rewarding field.” 

Orlando Health’s current female orthopedic surgery residents include Nichole Perry, MD, Samantha Levin, MD, Astrid Casin, MD, Taylor Johnson, MD, Amelia Weingart, MD and Katherine Druskovich, MD.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,238-bed system includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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