I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I went into medicine for several reasons. First, my mother is a nurse and so, from a very young age, I was exposed to the world of medicine. I became more interested as I continued through my science education in high school and college, and found medicine to be both an interesting and challenging career opportunity. As I became more involved in athletics, and sustained injuries myself, I found that the work of orthopaedists was very rewarding in getting people back to the activities that they enjoy participating in.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
I find it exciting that I can help people get back to living their lives. When an injury, arthritis or other orthopaedic malady prevents a person from participating in activities they love, it can be pretty depressing. I know from injuries I have sustained in my athletic activities, it is frustrating to not be able to remain active. It is extremely rewarding to see the patients I have treated return to everyday activities they love, and to the sports they enjoy.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am an avid cyclist, triathlete and runner. I have been racing for Gulf Coast Velo amateur cycling team since moving to Tallahassee, and have competed regionally and nationally. We recently merged with the Red Eye Velo Junior cycling team, and I have enjoyed mentoring the younger riders. I formerly raced for Memphis Velo cycling team while living in Memphis, TN as well. I am active also with Gulf Winds Triathlon and Track Clubs. I also enjoy the shooting sports, and am a life member of the National Rifle Association. I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children, and you will often find us camping many weekends of the month at one of the many beautiful Florida or Georgia state parks. I also enjoy snow skiing when I can make the trip out west.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I have been involved yearly with medical mission trips to Vietnam the past 3 years. I am the chairman of the Humanitarian committee of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). I am on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). I am on the Board of Directors for the Florida Orthopedic Society (FOS). I am the Chief of Orthopaedics at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. I am the Team Physician for Florida State University Track and Field teams, as well as the official Foot and Ankle consultant for all of the Florida State University Athletic Teams.