I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
It’s easy in retrospect to explain why I did what I did to become an orthopaedic surgeon. I couldn’t imagine a more rewardable way to make a good life for my family and myself. There are headaches, but no regrets. In the beginning, what actually drew me into orthopaedics, was the influence of my best friend’s dad, a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon in my home town. Unfortunately, he didn’t survive his battle with cancer, died at the age of 49, well short of my career. The other aspect that drew me into the field is my lifelong infatuation with things that tick, live, and move, in addition, how to build and fix them.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
That’s easy, the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon, is on Monday morning when no one feels like going to work, the first and/or second patients I see in the office thank me for getting them out of pain and back to a more enjoyable life. That really makes the week go by fast. Sometimes too fast. When things don’t go as planned, I just think about those patients.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My love of the outdoors keeps me moving most of the time. Fishing tops the list, followed by hunting, and now flying has been added to the list. Although destinations and expectations have changed, the chance to enjoy those activities with my kids has changed the priorities a bit. Flying has dominated my free time lately, but gives me more time to do the other things. Private pilot aviation gives an American the most freedom known to man.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
High school physicals dominates my volunteering, however, I attend multiple sporting activities, providing support for any injured player.