I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I chose orthopaedic surgery over other areas of medicine for a variety of reasons. First, treatment of fractures and injuries appealed to me. Second, most patients with orthopaedic conditions improve or recover with the care they receive from their treating physician. Third, treatment of musculoskeletal problems is not limited to either adult or children, so I was able to see and care for patients of every age. Finally, I observed that most orthopaedic surgeons enjoyed their chosen vocation.
After more than 25 years of practice, I still enjoy seeing patients of all ages. I look forward to treating fractures and injuries along with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and most of my patients improve with the care they receive. I am fortunate to have chosen the specialty of Orthopaedics which continues to challenge and reward me on a daily basis
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
There are many aspects of orthopaedic surgery that are rewarding. I enjoy the challenges of both surgery and the variety of conditions I treat. I am lucky to have trained for my profession with excellent physicians and role models. As I entered practice, I formed partnerships and friendships with physicians and others in healthcare in my community, across my state and beyond that continue to the present. There are many other areas of orthopaedics that I am rewarded by every day. However, patients are at the top of my list. When I discharge a patient from care, many will thank me for helping them get better. I always tell these patients that they deserve most of the credit for their own recovery. Patents with injuries or other conditions suffer discomfort, stress, economic loss and significant interruption of their lives. When the ordeal is over and a patient can resume a normal life again, the thank you I receive is the best reward.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time away from work is busy. I enjoy time with my family. I have a great wife, 2 married daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson on the way, and 2 fine sons-in-law. We travel and vacation together including holiday time when my girls are not with their husbands’ families. Around the house, I still keep my yard and garden in pretty good shape and help inside as well. With friends made over the years, I play golf, take the occasional sailing trip, paddle an outrigger canoe and stay active at church. I follow many sports and like to read.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I have stayed active with the Georgia Orthopedic Society since entering practice and now enjoy my activities at the Academy level as a member of the Board of Councilors. I have traveled annually to Haiti since 1993 and worked with other orthopaedic colleagues at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschappelles, a community hospital in the Artibonite Valley. With limited resources, the hospital continues to provide care that began in the early 50’s. Orthopaedics there provides challenges I never encounter in my local community. These challenges were magnified by the earthquake. Patients travel long distances to receive treatment and I am well rewarded by care that I can offer during my visits. My experiences in Haiti have made me a better orthopaedic surgeon.