I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
Early in my time as a medical student I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. The excitement of the operating room and the satisfaction of using my own hands to help people captured my imagination. I considered all the fields of surgery, and came close to choosing obstetrics. At that time I thought that bringing children into the world would be an experience of no equal.
But then I started working with the orthopaedic surgeons. I saw elderly people bedridden with pain from fractured hips. A day after surgery those people were starting to walk and get out of bed. I saw people with debilitating arthritis get a new lease on life with joint replacement. Fingers that didn’t work had function restored when their lacerated tendons were repaired.
I found a way to make a difference in peoples lives, and I just happen to like the physical aspects of orthopaedic work. I found my calling.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
There is no feeling like what is derived from a patient’s hearty thank you. When a physician makes a positive difference in someone’s life the hard work required to become a doctor seems all the more worthwhile. Orthopaedic surgery is a field in which we repeatedly make a difference. We help people to improve their ability to walk, work, type, play sports, and enjoy their families. This profession is the gift that keeps giving to me. My job allows me to feel good about what I do each day.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I spent a fair amount of time at the beach. Living in Florida makes that a year round activity. I like to travel with my wife. In 2013 we were in Spain. Our three children are grown, but we try to spend as much time with them as we can. Many of my spare hours are spent reading, surfing the net, and dabbling a little bit in photography.