Sally A. Rudicel M.D.
Sport(s): Field Hockey
Hailing from Burris High School in Muncie, Ind., Sally Rudicel was a major player at DePauw University when opportunities for female athletes were limited. She was a four-year varsity member of the field hockey team, the only intercollegiate sport for women. She was captain her senior year and also played intramural volleyball, softball and basketball -- actually her favorite sport. Rudicel was active with Association of Women Students, Dorm Staff, Student Senate and Women’s Recreation Association. After graduating magna cum laude and majoring in mathematics at DePauw, she obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Yale University, and taught high school math for three years in Rockland, Mass., while also coaching field hockey and women’s basketball. Rudicel then turned to her true calling in medicine, completing her M.D. at Yale University Medical School in 1978, and following her interest in athletics with a five-year residency in Orthopaedics. She continued on the Yale faculty until 1990. Following service as associate chair in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Rudicel has been associate professor of Orthopaedics at Tufts University in Boston since 1993. Combining clinical practice, specializing in foot and ankle surgery, with teaching and research, she also is active with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and other professional organizations, serving on many national committees and panels. Rudicel was the first chairperson of the Committee on Women’s Footwear of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. She has enjoyed travel since a DePauw junior semester in Europe and served with Orthopaedics Overseas in Pakistan caring for Afghani refugees. She continues to be physically active, trekking in the Himalayas, swimming and cycling.