I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I had a couple of experiences as a patient for orthopaedic surgeons when I was younger and I was amazed at what they could do. They took patients, saw the problems that they had, fixed them and returned them back to the activities that meant so much to them. Having the ability to have such a great and powerful impact on so many people’s lives really appealed to me and I could not think of a more satisfying career. Furthermore, every orthopaedic surgeon I ever met seemed to truly love their job and had an almost infectious passion for what they did. It was impossible for me not to be drawn to the field.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
There is nothing more rewarding for me than having a patient look me in the eyes and say ‘thank you’ for what I did. Only the person thanking me fully understands what that ‘thank you’ represents but the satisfaction I receive is the same regardless. As an orthopedist, I want all my patients to do well and reach their goals. I guess I see the ‘thank you’ as a representation that those goals are being met. Our profession constantly reminds us that life is fragile and that actions that we once performed mindlessly hundreds of times a day can be taken from us. Being able to restore those abilities to my patients is what I look forward to most every day.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend most of my free time being active. While I will play any recreational sport and participate in any outdoor activity, I particularly enjoy skiing, hiking, playing on a beach and fresh water fishing. There is just something about being in nature that I find deeply satisfying. These activities also give me quality time with my wife where neither one of us is distracted by technology or any other responsibilities. I also really enjoy crossfit as it allows me to compete against myself in an attempt to get better on a daily basis. Lastly, I really enjoy reading or listening to classical music as a means to relax.