I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I wanted to help people with injuries. I had a terrible injury to my knee repaired as a junior in high school. I decided at that time that I wanted to help people with injuries; just like my orthopaedic surgeon helped me. Later, when I rotated and spent time with orthopaedic surgeons, I felt an immediate connection with the awesome curiosity, life-long searching for improvements, physicality, and the engineering approach to such a wonderful field of medicine. To help so many patients AND have intellectual fulfillment AND have fun, made it easy to complete the rigorous education and training programs.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon is helping people get the most out of their lives. We all live our lives by moving during work, hobbies, sports, and even activities of daily living. When a patient has limitations due to injury, deformity or degeneration, it is very rewarding to see this patient thriving again. When I see a patient two years after helping them regain some function in their life, and the patient says, “thank you Dr. Angel, you changed my life!” I know I chose the right career.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to boat, garden, watch sports, and spend time with my children. I try to plan a great family vacation each year where the whole family spends a week together away from every day stresses of life. I love to read in my spare time as well. My wife and I own two horses that we have enjoyed and ridden for years on trail rides through beautiful Arkansas. We both enjoy relaxing on our boat while the kids are enjoying water sports that we “used” to show them how to perform. We look forward to enjoying our first grandchild on the way.