I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

Through my learning and training in medical school, I knew that I wanted a career that provides concrete, functional results for patients. I found just that in orthopaedics. The five years I have spent as a resident have flown by, but everyday I am reminded of the meaningful impact orthopaedic surgeons can make on patients. I am constantly learning from my mentors, my fellow residents and my patients. It’s very exciting that I am just starting this amazing career.

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

As an orthopaedic resident, after spending several months on each rotation, the most rewarding part of orthopaedics is….everything! From restoring mobility after a traumatic fracture to correcting deformity in a scoliosis patient, all parts of orthopaedics are interesting and fun. However, the most meaningful interaction you can have with a patient is seeing the appreciation on their face after you have restored their quality of life. When a patient tells you “Thank you for getting me back to doing the things I love to do” — that’s when you know you’ve made a difference.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy running and training for marathons. I also love traveling with my wife and experiencing new cultures, food and people.

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

I recently came back from my first Health Volunteers Overseas trip to Managua, Nicaragua. While there, I truly gained an appreciation for the excellent quality of orthopaedic care we are fortunate to have in the United States. Throughout my trip, I was able to truly help the patients I treated, and taught local surgeons state of the art knowledge and techniques I learned throughout my residency. I will absolutely plan to return on another trip — there is more work to be done!