- College: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
- Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
- Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
- Fellowship: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine; Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Director of the ONS Women’s Sports Medicine Center, Katherine Vadasdi, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in adolescent and adult sports medicine as well as shoulder and elbow surgery.
Dr. Vadasdi graduated Dartmouth College and earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. She performed a residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York and completed fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics. While at Columbia she was assistant team physician to Columbia University Athletics. Dr. Vadasdi has been honored as a Castle Connolly, America’s Top Doctor and Regional Top Doctor annually since 2014. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Fairfield County’s Doctor of Distinction Award and the Exceptional Woman in Medicine by Castle Connolly. in 2019, Dr. Vadasdi was honored with a Women Who Inspire award from the Greenwich YWCA.
As member of the Board of Directors at the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, Dr. Vadasdi is active in ongoing research, including the current groundbreaking study to curb opioid addiction among teens and athletes. She has been published in numerous prestigious industry journals such as the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Additionally, Dr. Vadasdi serves as a mentor through the Foundation’s Research and Summer Internship Programs and during the Mini-Med School program, which provides 15 high school students the opportunity to participate in a one week workshop in orthopedics.
Dr. Vadasdi serves as the designated team doctor for Greenwich High School, Iona Preparatory School, Trinity Catholic High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart, and is a frequent guest speaker for local organizations, parent groups and at medical conferences. She participates on a number of committees and boards, including the Greenwich Hospital Women’s Health Initiative Board of Directors and the Hospital’s Peer Review Board.
Dr. Vadasdi’s area of medical specialty reflects her personal interests. She is an accomplished triathlete, having completed Ironman competitions in 2007 and 2009. Dr. Vadasdi is also an alpine climber and has ascended Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier and the Grand Teton, among others.
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Dr. Vadasdi was wonderful. She performed two surgeries, the first to find out what was wrong with a repair conducted by another surgeon, and a second to then fix the problem. She also thought to collect tissue samples during her first surgery, then finding that I had an infection that required 6 weeks of daily antibiotic infusion. I am now 100% healthy and back to normal routines, including yoga (at age 68!) (comment from RateMD)
Dr. Vadasdi discusses The Opioid Crisis and Opioid Sparing Techniques in Surgery, below:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Resident Member
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
Sports Team Affiliations
Assistant Team Physician for Columbia University Athletics: 2008-2009
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board Certified
Greenwich YWCA Women Who Inspire Award 2019
Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2017 – 2019
America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018 – Top 1%
Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2014-2019
New York Metro Area’s Top Doctor
Doctor of Distinction, 2017 Female Trailblazer Award
Greenwich Magazine Fairfield’s Top Doctor 2013-2019
Stamford Magazine Fairfield’s Top Doctor 2015-2019
Darien/New Canaan Magazine Fairfield’s Top Doctor 2015-2019
Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2015-2018
Westport Magazine Fairfield’s Top Doctor 2015-2018
40 Under 40 WAG/FFCBJ Award 2014
Carolyn M. Hettrich, MD, MPH, Edward F. DiCarlo, MD, Deborah Faryniarz, MD, Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD, Riley Williams, MD, Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD. The Effect of Myofibroblasts and Corticosteroid Injections in Adhesive Capsulitis. 1274-1279. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (25) 2016.
Sethi, P.M.; Vadasdi, K.; Greene, R.T.; Vitale, M.A.; Duong, M.; Miller, S.R. Safety of open suprapectoral and subpectoral biceps tenodesis: an anatomic assessment of risk for neurologic injury. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. (In Press, 2014)
Graft-Tunnel Incorporation Following ACL Reconstruction: A Prospective Longitudinal MRI Study, Weber, Alexander E.; Delos, Demetris; Vadasdi, Katie; Fox, Alice J.; Lamikanra, Opeyemi E.; Ji, Andrew; Nguyen, Joseph; Cavanaugh, John; Potter, Hollis; Rodeo, Scott A. Knee; Tissue & Organ Imaging (Radiographic; MRI; CT); Ligament and Tendon Biology; Ligament and Tendon Mechanics, Transactions Vol. 36, Long Beach, CA, 2011 0903
Adhesive Capsulitis: A Quantitative Analysis of Myofibroblast Proliferation, Hettrich, Carolyn M.; DiCarlo, Edward; Vadasdi, Katie; Williams, Riley; Hannafin, Jo A., Shoulder and Elbow; Orthopaedic Pathology; Ligament and Tendon Biology, Poster No. 517 • ORS 2011 Annual Meeting