I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
It was a specialty that made a difference in patient’s daily life. The patients we care for come from all age groups and cultures. It’s a perfect balance between visiting with patients in clinic and doing procedures that nearly always substantially change patients for the better.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Our treatments often make such a big change that patients are surprised at the difference. Taking a patient who can’t walk from a fracture and getting them back to independence makes all the years of training and late nights worth while. Removing the pain from arthritis of the hip and knee by replacing joints and watching folks go back to their vacations and exercise routines is such a pleasure.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel and SCUBA dive with my wife and kids.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
Since just right after my training, I have enjoyed teaching medical students, residents and physician assistants. It’s rewarding to pay it forward for all the great teachers I’ve had in the past who took the time to provide me with such a rewarding profession. I also spend a lot of time volunteering for the Texas Orthopaedic Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – both excellent organizations that continually strive to improve the care our patients receive.