I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I was first introduced to orthopaedic surgery when I broke my left wrist as a result of a dirt bike accident when I was thirteen years old. Actually, I have my brother to thank for turning the wrong way when he was coming in my direction! Anyway, I had a deformed wrist and displaced radius fracture that Dr Samuel Turek (Turek’s Orthopedics) reduced and casted. I vividly remember the whole experience even to this day. When my treatment was over with and I had my arm functioning normally, I concluded then, that being an orthopaedic surgeon is what I wanted to do with my life. I was fortunate enough to make that dream come true.

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

No question! It is being able to remove pain and restore function, and give an active life back to my patients by using my hands and my skills.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m sure it’s similar to other people. I love to golf, play cards (especially poker), fish, travel, enjoy fine dining, workout, play games like chess and occasionally Candy Crush.

In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?

I mostly volunteer my time for the advancement of the practice of orthopaedics and surgery in general. I am the current president of the West Virginia Orthopedic Society and The Chairman of the CAMC General Division Surgery Committee.