I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I played team sports and was a competitive athlete in college. I like working in a team. I believe that no other specialty works in a team, more than an orthopaedic surgeon does. Most of our patients are wounded and are a very invested part of that team.As we see more woman in team sports, we will see an increase in the number of female Orthopaedic Surgeons (new research from AAOS shows that just 4% of practicing orthopaedists are woman at this time). And, of course, I am happy in my roll on this important team.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Returning the wounded/injured patient to work, sports and independence. Movement, independence and identity are so intertwined. Orthopaedic surgeons see success everyday in the office. Orthopaedic surgery is not a job, it is an honor.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend my free time working out, open water swimming, kids sports, coaching, writing, and just hanging out with my kids, friends and family.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
My husband, Keith Feder, MD, and I started West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation in Manhattan Beach, Calif., about 20 years ago. The Foundation serves over 13,000 high school athletes. The mission is to keep student athletes healthy and participating in interscholastic sports by teaching them injury prevention, and providing injured athletes with comprehensive specialized medical care. The goal is to insure that these students have a bright future and are free of gangs or drugs, and stay in organized sports. The Foundation currently serves 22 high schools. We also provide a large student mentoring program to expose high school students to the health care field.