Mimi Cameo Covert Memorial Lectureship


Mimi Cameo Covert grew up in southern California, near Rancho Los Amigo Hospital. She received a degree in physical therapy in 1978 from the University of California – Santa Barbara. She continued her education with the two-year Masters in physical therapy program at USC. During this time, she did research in Dr. Jacqueline Perry’s gait lab at Rancho. In order to provide more comprehensive care for amputee patients, she then entered a two-year prosthetic training program at UCLA.

Following completion of this program in 1983, she came to SIU for an internship in Prosthetics. Mimi was the perfect person to develop our new gait lab – a registered physical therapist with a Master’s degree in Gait Analysis and a Certified Prosthetist. She developed the gait lab and was appointed to the faculty and became its Director.

Her easygoing style, enthusiasm, compassion for children and optimistic encouragement were valued by all until her death on January 16, 1985. Mimi stopped in a snowstorm to offer a ride to a stranded motorist. He turned out to be a fatal assailant. She was only with us for 18 months. Her spirit could never leave us and we celebrate her life every year in the Fall with this Mimi Cameo Covert Memorial Lectureship.

Mimi Cameo Covert Guest Lecturers 1986-Today

36th Annual Mimi Cameo Covert Memorial Lectureship hosts Christopher Cook, MD - November 14, 2022, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dr. Christopher Cook

Dr. Christopher Cook, Chief of the Orthopaedic Pediatric Division, specializes in pediatric orthopaedics, hip dysplasia in children and young adults, and complex hips.

Dr. Cook earned his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. he completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Alberta. Following his residency, Dr. Cook completed a fellowship in orthopaedics and trauma at the University of Alberta and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Cook is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Cook has authored several articles on the topics of pediatric hips, the pediatric athlete, and pediatric fractures.