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Jacquelin Perry, M.D.
Considered the world authority on gait analysis, Dr. Perry has been honored throughout her
illustrious 50-year career with a multitude of awards and recognitions for her distinguishing
contributions to patients and the field of orthopaedic surgery. She always had a passion for
improving the function of her patients. This was undoubtedly influenced by her early career as a
physical therapist and then as an orthopaedic resident exposed to pioneering gait research being
conducted in the Biomechanics Laboratory at UC San Francisco in the late 1940s and 1950s under
the direction of Dr. Verne Inman.
Among the highlights of her credits are:
- Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 by the Gait and Clinical Movement Society;
- A tribute article on Jacquelin Perry, M.D. in the Los Angles Times health section in 1999;
- A Tribute to Jacquelin Perry, M.D. in 1999 at the 15th Biannual Alfred R. Shands Jr., Lecture
of the Orthopaedic Research Society;
- Building dedication, the Jacquelin Perry Neuro-Trauma Institute and Rehabilitation Center
at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (1996), one of the nation’s most
advanced rehabilitation patient care buildings;
- Physician of the Year in 1994 by the State of California - California's Governor's
- UCLA Professional Achievement Award in 1988 by the University of California, Los Angeles;
- President's Award in 1984 by the California Association of Rehabilitative Facilities;
- Distinguished Service Award in 1981 by the California Association of Rehabilitative
- Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Award in Technology in 1981 by the United Cerebral
Palsy Research and Educational Foundation;
- Kappa Delta Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society in 1976;
- Woman of the Year for Medicine in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times in 1959.
She has received numerous visiting professorships including: Distinguished Lecturer for
the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Cornell University Medical College, the University
of Wisconsin Hospitals, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Charles R. Moore
Lectureship at Baylor University, the University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic, the 19th Congress of
the Japanese Society of Rehabilitation Medicine in Tokyo Japan, etc.
Dr. Perry is Emeritus Chief of the Polio and Gait Clinic and Pathokinesiology Program at
Rancho. After earning her bachelors degree in physical education from the University of
California, Los Angeles, she joined the army and trained to be a physical therapist. She
served in the army as a physical therapist for five years prior to attending medical school.
She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the UC San Francisco and completed residencies
in orthopaedic surgery at UC San Francisco and general surgery at the Children's Hospital in
San Francisco. She joined the medical staff at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation
Center in, where she found an environment that suited her interest in human function and
allowed her to flourish.
Dr. Perry is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of
Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She has contributed over 200 peer-reviewed
archival publications. The fact that she has published more than nine peer review articles
per year in recent years reflects her astonishing and continuing dedication and commitment.
She authored what most consider the classic textbook on gait and instructional course
lectures for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Perry is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. She is a member of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Institute for
Medical Biological Engineering, Western Orthopaedic Association, California Medical
Association, Los Angeles County Medical Association, American Physical Therapy Association
(honorary lifetime membership), Scoliosis Research Society (Emeritus), LeRoy Abbott Society,
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine, American Academy of Orthotists
and Prosthetists (honorary membership), Ruth Jackson Society and Gait and Clinical Movement
Dr. Perry is a member of Rancho's Professional Staff Executive Committee, past board
member and consultant at the Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development
Scientific Review and Evaluation Committee; past President of the Ruth Jackson Society;
member of the Orthopaedic Research and Educational Foundation Grant Review Committee; past
member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Health; and emeritus member of the
Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society.
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