I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
It was the best way to combine the things I love to do. I am good with my hands and enjoy building and fixing, I love making a tangible positive impact on another persons life, and I really enjoy being a surgeon. I enjoy teaching, learning from, and couseling patients, residents, fellows, and medical students. Becoming an orthopaedic surgeon was not just a job or even a career….it has been a calling.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Our ability to positively impact a patients life in a very tangible manner is really rewarding. My patients present with limb deformities, leg length discrepancies, and limb threatening conditions. For example, an adult patient with bone loss and infection after a bad trauma has a limb threatening situation. Our ability to reconstruct the leg and clear the infection with bone transport is extremely gratifying. Another example is a child who has an injury of the growth plate and develops a short and deformed leg. I have the opportunity to use our techniques to lengthen and straighten the child’s leg. These surgeries are life changing experiences for patients. I feel very fortunate to be able to help people with these complex problems to regain a normal and active lifestyle.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a road cycling enthusiast. I bike with a group of friends who are fellow surgeons and anesthesiologists at my hospital (Hospital for Special Surgery). We ride in Central Park at 6 am before our work day and in Westchester County on the weekends. We have even done several trips cycling the mountains in France and Italy as a group. This activity has been a wonderful bonding experience with friends/ co-workers and has been a great way to get into shape.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I have done two volunteer trips with Orthopaedic Overseas to St. Lucia, West Indies. The first trip soon after residency was with my wife and the second trip also included our two teen age children. These were great experiences helping those less fortunate and doing it with family was particularly meaningful. I plan to do more of this in coming years.