I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

Unless someone has the misfortune to need an orthopaedist frequenty while growing up, or the fortune of having a parent that is an orthopaedic surgeon, then I doubt they would grow up knowing or wanting to be an orthopaedic surgeon. I did not even start to think about being a physician until I was half way through college. Before that I thought I wanted to be a large animal vet, but after spending a summer with a vet in farm country in Maine, I realized that most farmers couldn’t afford to treat any animal with surgery to fix a problem. They would just “put them down” instead. That’s when I realized that if I want to to “fix” things hands-on I would either have to be doing small animal surgery or treat people instead! While in medical school trying to figure out what I wanted to specialize in, I found that the doctors that I knew that seem happiest with their jobs were orthopaedic surgeons. This seemed like a perfect fit. I could be happy in my job and would be able to do hands on treatment to make people better. And that’s what orthopaedic surgery has become for me. I subspecialize in sports medicine, concentrating on knee and shoulder problems and arthroscopic surgery. The greatest satisfaction is in getting patients back to whatever it is that they enjoy doing; work, running, hunting , fishing, sports, or just playing with their kids.

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

Helping patients get better and get back to whatever it is that they enjoy doing.

What do you like to do in your free time?

All of those things that our patients like to do: ski, hike, bike, run, play with my kids, ski with my kids, ski with my friends. Did I mention ski?

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

Taking care of high school athletes

Ortho-pinions by Dr. Gregory Soghikian

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