I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I grew up in a small farming community in rural Colorado. The “home town doc” in my small community was a general surgeon that left the Army after WWII and became the all encompassing small town doc. He would take care of colds, deliver babies to include my younger sister, remove your appendix, and he managed my broken arms. When I was a young teenager, I was fly fishing in the high country when I unexpectedly met Doc on a stream. We began several years of high country fly fishing and developed a wonderful friendship that changed my life. During late evenings in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains while fishing together Doc related stories of WWII and sitting in trenches stopping the bleeding and saving soldiers lives. As he told me of these stories, it became my life goal to become a surgeon and take care of soldiers. What followed was a wrestling scholarship at the University of Oregon and an exposure to orthopaedics through various injuries. At this time I entered the Army through the ROTC scholarship program. I matriculated to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, completed an orthopaedic surgery residency in the Army as well as the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship at West Point.
I have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and have spent nearly 2 years in the deployed environment taking care of American Heroes. I was able to partner with the AAOS and assist in the development of the AAOS/SOMOS/OTA EWI Symposium facilitating research in extremity injuries and management of the injured soldier.
Thanks to Dr. Elmer Morgan, I have had a distinguished career in Military Orthopaedics and have met his challenges to take care of soldiers.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Helping patients return to the activities that they enjoy on a daily basis.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and skiing.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I have volunteered in community sports medicine team coverage which is very rewarding, especially in developing relationships with young athletes and discussing the merits of a career in medicine. I have volunteered in the leadership of military organizations such as SOMOS to improve the status of the organization and enable this organization to increase the depth of its influence. I have volunteered in the leadership of the AAOS to be a part of the exceptional changes that this organization does to improve access to the care for our patients.