University Orthopedics names Solga senior adviser on diversity, education

PROVIDENCE – University Orthopedics has named Dr. Patricia Solga, an orthopedic surgeon who has treated Rhode Island children for more than two decades, as senior adviser to matters concerning diversity and education.

Solga will begin performing her new duties Dec. 31, transitioning from clinical practice to administration.

Solga joined University Orthopedics and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1990, in helping to create the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. She is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in pediatric trauma. Solga is also the orthopedic director of the Child Neurodevelopment Center.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Solga represents the Brown University Orthopaedic Surgery Department as a member of the Post-Graduate Referral Committee and is a board member of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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“Dr. Solga has been a pioneer in the field of pediatric orthopedics and we are pleased to have her join the administrative team in the Department of Orthopaedics,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, president of University Orthopedics and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School. “It has been a pleasure to provide care and establish relationships with so many people from different walks of life.”

Solga received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from New York University. She completed her orthopedic residency at Yale School of Medicine and her pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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