I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
Orthopaedic surgery is one branch of medicine that can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life. As a medical student I was assigned to Dr. Charles Rockwood’s orthopaedic service where I learned the great value of orthopaedic care. As I learned more about orthopaedic anatomy, trauma management, reconstruction, pediatrics, and sports injuries I was challenged by the vast amount of knowledge required to care for an orthopaedic patient. Our patients value this knowledge and value our care. Whether we see our patients in the clinic, the ER or the OR, orthopaedic care has a great positive impact for our patients.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The rewards of following our patients and restoring them to orthopaedic health is a valuable part of our profession. Also, orthopaedic surgeons are part of a team of therapists, nurses, technicians, lab personnel and others. We all work together and learn together. This teamwork is a great reward not only for our patients but also for every member of the orthopaedic team
What do you like to do in your free time?
Hiking in Big Bend National Park, relaxing with family at South Padre Island, enjoying children and grandchildren, being a good partner with my wife, Susan.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
Orthopaedic advocacy is vital to the future of our speciality.This interest in volunteerism should be part of our job as orthopaedic surgeons. Whether our advocacy role is fulfilled by education, research, political activities or community work all orthopaedic surgeons have a duty to advocacy efforts. I serve on the AAOS Board of Councilors,and am active with the Texas Orthopaedic Association as President 2013-2014