I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

it combines my interests in biology, engineering, human function, general medicine, and research. In musculoskeletal oncology I help with the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of children and adults with life threatening diseases like osteosarcoma. The surgical treatments encompass many aspects of surgery, engineering, and tissue regeneration through which I and others in the field can remove tumors and reconstruct limbs to maximize long-term function. In the laboratory, I am working on genetic approaches for new treatments.

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

Plain and simple, the oppportunity to use my skills to help patients.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am an exercise and outdoors enthusiast, so I appreciate the value of well functioning arms and legs. In our free time and depending on the season, we are hiking, cycling, swimming, or playing tennis.

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

I serve as a volunteer to several local and national orthopaedic organizations through which we are trying to move the field forward through education, research, and advocacy.