I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I became an orthopaedist because orthopaedic surgeons have the privilege and challenge of providing care to both children and adults. Not only do we evaluate and treat trauma patients (those who break or dislocate their bones or joints), but we also provide care for those with ongoing musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis, tendonitis, and sprains and strains.
As an orthopaedist who specializes in sports injuries and overuse problems, I have the opportunity to treat competitive and recreational athletes of all ages, helping them return to either competitive sports or their previous active lifestyle.
Being an orthopaedist is demanding, but it is also very rewarding! No two days are the same. Orthopaedists are constantly learning and trying to improve care for their patients. We learn from books, from digital media, from each other and from experts in our field as well as from our patients.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Many problems for which patients seek orthopaedic care can be resolved, allowing the patient to lead a normal or near normal life. Such “triumphs” are very gratifying to not only the patient, but also the physician rendering care. It is extremely uplifting to see the smile on the face of a soccer player who, following ACL reconstruction, can play again; or the triumph in the eyes of the 65-year-old who is able to rejoin his friends for golf after a successful total hip replacement; or the joy in the heart of the 30-year-old father of three who, following surgery for multiple fractures sustained when his car was struck by a drunk driver, is able to return to work, play with his children and resume other “normal” activities. All the sleepless nights, the hours of study, and the worrying over patients treatment protocols seem to be relatively minor inconveniences when one is able to be a part of a patient’s recovery!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy biking, hiking, running, swimming, and other fun activities with my family.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I am fortunate to be able to cover a variety of sporting events from club soccer and basketball to high school and collegiate games of all types.