About Dr. Ignacio
Dr. Ignacio was born in the Philippines, and grew up here in Honolulu. She graduated from Iolani School, and represented Hawaii in the America's Junior Miss college scholarship competition, where she received the award for academic distinction. She was a National Merit Scholar, and she pursued her undergraduate training at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she earned her B.S. degree in biology in 1993. She continued at Georgetown for medical school, and earned her M.D. in 1997.
Subsequently, she did her orthopedic surgery residency at Georgetown, where she was the first woman accepted to the residency program in over 15 years, and only the third female accepted in its 50-year history. During her residency, she assisted in laboratory research at the National Institutes of Health, and in her chief year, she was awarded by the Washington DC Orthopedic Society for her work in cartilage research. She was also honored with an award for excellence in teaching, given by the Georgetown medical students. While in DC, Dr. Ignacio was also thrilled to participate in the care of the Georgetown Hoyas, as well as for the Washington Redskins.
Upon graduating from residency, Dr. Ignacio moved to the west coast, for fellowship training in sports medicine, and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine in Long Beach, CA. She was the first female in the fellowship's history and upon completion of her fellowship, she was then invited to stay on and join the practice, and became the first female faculty member of the fellowship. As faculty, she enjoyed lecturing and training other orthopedic surgeons on recent updated techniques on arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery.
While practicing in Long Beach, she served as the Team Physician for the Cal State Long Beach women's and men's volleyball teams, men's and women's basketball teams, and women's soccer team, and served as a Medical Consultant for the Cal State Long Beach Athletic Department. She also served as a Team Physician for the Long Beach Ice Dogs professional hockey team, the farm team for the Montreal Canadians.
Dr. Ignacio also has published numerous articles and chapters in orthopedic literature. She was also chosen as one of three female surgeons featured in a season-long television show on the Women's Entertainment (WE) channel and Discovery network in 2005.
She is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons in general orthopedics, and has special training in sports medicine and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Her goal is to return patients to sports, work, and play rapidly and safely, and most importantly, to treat her patients as if they were her family, knowing that it is a distinct privilege to be entrusted with their care.
Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio and her husband, David Kostecki, were blessed with the opportunity to move back home to Hawaii, enabling their toddler daughter and infant son to be surrounded by loving extended family every day. Without question, they feel that moving to Hawaii was the best decision they've ever made, and they look forward to being a part of the warm and welcoming community of the aloha state.