I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
The reason I became an orthopedic surgeon was because of the huge impact orthopaedic surgeons have on the lives of their patients. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, because of my passion for helping others. It was during my time in medical school, following orthopedic surgeons, that I realized this was the ideal career choice for me. I enjoy sports and staying physically active, so it was a natural transition to a career in which I am part of a team that helps keep my patients active and out of pain.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon is the time I spend with my patients after surgery, hearing about all the things they are able to do and accomplish now that they are out of pain. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the medical team that takes a person suffering from debilitating pain, and helping them get back to all the things they have missed and enjoy. Whether it be, performing a total knee replacement or anterior hip replacement on someone suffering from arthritis, or fixing a rotator cuff on someone suffering with shoulder pain, there is no better feeling than watching that person return to the things that matter most to them and knowing you truly helped improve their quality of their life.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, Stephanie, and two kids Cash (3) and Emma (2). We enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing. I also enjoy sports and staying active playing golf, basketball, softball, and competing in triathlons. Recently, I have started participating in barbecue competitions…it is great to unwind and spend time cooking with friends and family.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I enjoy medical mission work and disaster relief. One of the most rewarding experiences of my medical career, was the time I spent in Haiti after the earthquake. I have a passion for teaching and currently work as a volunteer professor at my alma mater, Hanover College.