Orthopaedic surgeon Ruth Thomas, M.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received the inaugural Women’s Leadership Award from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

The award was established by the society’s Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation to recognize current and future female leaders in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery outside the U.S. and Canada.

“I am so happy to be honored as the first recipient of this award when there are so many others just as deserving, if not more so,” said Thomas.