Surgeon Bios

I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I became an orthopaedic surgeon because: I’m a three dimensional thinker, an artist, and I love to help people work through their pain. I won a Psychiatry academic award in medical school. By then I had already switched my career path from psychiatry to orthopaedic surgery. When the chairman of the department gave me the award, she announced that I would be the only orthopod to see a patient in the ER with a broken leg, and ask if they wanted to talk about it. She was right.

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

The most rewarding part about being an orthopaedic surgeon is: helping patients understand the source of their pain, and especially helping them work through their problem…without having surgery…when indicated. I love their response when they realize they don’t have to have surgery…just because their neighbor did, or because they read it on the Internet. Many people still think that orthopaedic surgeons just do surgery!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to: compete in my western horseback riding sport of Reining, write (blog, novels and songs) and play my guitar. You can often find me playing late at night at open mics and various music venues around Austin. On weekends, you’ll also find me saddled up and riding my American Quarter Horse, named Sneakers. And in my extra-extra free time, I work on my second novel, The Wish, post on my blog ( and write songs. I just finished my first CD, Blood Red Moon.

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

I love to mentor pre-med students, especially the gals, who are at an age when I might be able to influence them to think about orthopedic surgery. For personal reasons, we support the American Heart Association. I spend a lot of time on my medical self help blog: My goal with that blog is to prevent 100,000 injuries or repetitive strain disorders before I die. There’s no way to keep a tally, but it’s happening. If everyone would simply read and follow my blog on stair safety, I’d overshoot my goal. One of my goals, as you can read in this post, is to designate a National Stair Safety Day.

Ortho-pinions by Dr. Barbara Bergin

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