I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I was inspired by my father, an orthopaedic surgeon who practiced for 45 years, who exemplified the principles of dedication to patient care, life-long learning, and clinical excellence. Growing up, I witnessed him help family and friends and watched the restorative powers of orthopedics in action. As I progressed through my education, I pursued an English major in college, but always gravitated back to helping people return to health by volunteering at the hospital and working in an Emergency Department. Once in medical school, the choice was clear to pursue Orthopaedic surgery and then further training in Foot and Ankle.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Hearing from patients that I have helped them return to function and enjoy life again is priceless. With all the hassles of insurance companies and government bureaucracies, it is the patients that keep me going and make the practice of orthopaedics worthwhile. It was also incredibly rewarding to work in the operating room with my father for a number of years before his retirement and I still enjoy trading stories and discussing the progress of Foot and Ankle surgery with my father.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Family is my number one priority outside of work. I relish the time I have with my young daughter and wife whether that be playing games, hiking, skiing or relaxing with a good book.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
The volunteering that I do for our orthopaedic academy and for the AOFAS (our foot and ankle society) make me feel that I am helping to strengthen our profession for the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons so they can continue to serve the most important people, our patients.