Dr. Angela W. Rowe has been named president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, becoming the first woman to head the group.
Rowe, whose term began last Friday, practices with University Orthopedics Center in Altoona.
She follows Dr. Patrick Smith as leader of the society. In addition to being the first woman president in the society’s 60-plus years, she was the first woman orthopedic surgeon to sit on the orthopedics board of the American Osteopathic Academy.
The society also noted Rowe was the first woman in her orthopedic residency training program, and is the first and only woman practicing orthopedic surgeon in Blair County.
She is pursuing an MBA at Widener University.
Based in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society represents more than 1,500 orthopedic surgeons across Pennsylvania.