I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I originally was in a residency track to be a general surgeon; however it was while I was doing my tour in the trauma receiving area of the County Hospital Emergency Room that I had an epiphany.

It was a Sunday afternoon. I had just finished doing CPR on the 2nd gun shot wound victim of the day and was awaiting another ambulance that was on its way with victims from a high speed highway accident when a young coed came into the unit with a shoulder dislocation. Two athletic orthopaedic residents, who were in their call room watching the football game, came down in their clean scrubs, reduced her shoulder and left to critical acclaim to return to the game stopping just long enough to grab a bagel that I had been eyeing since I came on tour several hours earlier.

It was at that moment, as that ambulance came roaring up the ramp, that I made the decision to become an orthopaedic surgeon.

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

While many of the rewarding aspects of my professional life are common to other medical caregivers, I believe that what I find most rewarding is the relationships that I have with my patients that now span several generations. I get to spend my time returning people to the activities they love and that is very rewarding.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy sports and working out but I LOVE spending nights listening to jazz and blues.

In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?

I volunteer as a board member of my local civic association and I am very active in the various local, state and national medical associations.