I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I was drawn to medicine in general because of my affinity for sciences and the desire to help people. I thought I wanted to do Orthopedic Surgery in high school because of my involvement in athletics.Although I wavered a little in medical school toward cardiology or CT surgery, once I did my Orthopedic Rotation I was hooked. John Lachman, MD was the chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Temple University and was the most spectacular role model I could ever imagine. Once I met him and rotated on Orthopedics, it was all over.

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

The most rewarding part of Orthopedic Surgery for me is the almost immediate gratification we get when treating people. Many medical disciplines help people but none if any get to see the direct results of their intervention as quickly as we do. It is a real thrill to see people get back to pain free function as often and as quickly as they do from our work.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my family. There is nothing better than a weekend in Avalon at the beach with the people I love the most. I also like to golf and read action novels.

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

I married an Armenian and have adopted the culture wholeheartedly. I volunteer and serve our Armenian community in any way I can.

Ortho-pinions by Dr. Gerald R. Williams, Jr.

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