I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I became an orthopaedic surgeon because I love being in a specialty where our actions have an immediate effect on patients. I was very attracted to the immediate positive feedback that orthopaedic surgeons receive when they correct problems that patients had been suffering from for quite some time. This is especially true in trauma surgery where we help badly injured patients regain a level of function that they often don’t believe they will ever have again.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The most rewarding part to me is the ability to make a profound impact on someone’s life after they have been involved in a severe accident. We can often reconstruct massively injured extremities and restore function to badly injured people.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have much, but what I do have I spend with my family!
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I spend a significant amount of time and personal resources assisting my friends in the developing world. I have a number of friends who are missionary doctors working overseas in very poor conditions. I admire these physicians with my utmost respect since they have committed everything to the service of those in the worst conditions. One of the most rewarding organizations that I work with trains African doctors to become surgeons. We travel to Africa to train and mentor these physicians and teach them the requisite knowledge to become competent surgeons.
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