Ruth Jackson


Steindler was interested in giving others opportunities. He felt that he had been fortunate in moving to Iowa City and being able to develop such a strong Orthopaedics Department. This photograph shows Steindler with one of his residents, Ruth Jackson. Ruth Jackson is recognized as the first woman orthopaedist in the United States. She developed an interest in surgery during medical school, but was unable to find a program that would accept her for surgical education. When she contacted Dr. Steindler, he offered her a position in Iowa City where she began her orthopaedic training. Ruth Jackson’s legacy continues in the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in orthopaedics.