I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I knew I wanted to become an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty in pediatrics when I was lucky enough to visit the Hospital For Special Surgery and Dr. Leon Root for a rotation while I was in medical school. His compassion and gentle nature with patients and their families showed me how a surgeon ought to practice medicine. I was inspired to emulate Dr. Root then and continue to be inspired by him every day. The variation and complex nature of the orthopaedic conditions I saw during that time in medical school made me realize that I would never become bored if I chose the subspecialty of pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Within the specialty of pediatric orthopaedics, there is a wide range of conditions that we see all the time. For me, being able to restore function to an individual, however that is defined, especially when it is a child is most rewarding. Some children and their families are so grateful to us for simply allowing their loved one to sit more comfortably in a wheelchair, while others are athletes who are worried about being unable to play the sport he or she loves. Whatever the scenario, the gratitude I most often receive from patients and their families is what is most rewarding. Knowing that I have made someone’s life better, that I have helped keep them in motion, is what inspires me to continue doing what I do.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to spend time with my wife, three daughters, and my shih tzu, usually in the simplest of ways, like taking my daughters to volleyball tournaments, crossfit competitions and cheerleading. I also love deep sea fishing, but don’t often get to go as much as I would like.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
In the past few years I have volunteered time to help organized medicine fight to influence the recent healthcare reform debate. I believe it is important to battle for a system which allows patients direct and timely access to high quality specialty care. I am a proud member of the AAOS Board of Councilors and a recent past president of the New York County Medical Society.