I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I like being a scientist, doing research to help patients in pain. If someone’s mother falls and breaks their radius, they think it is something horrible and terrible: to me, a simple problem and they can go back to their normal activities.

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

Seeing the smile when the patient has healed from their injury.

What do you like to do in your free time?

The photo show me climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. Now there is a way to get some fresh air!

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

I serve on the Boards of four non-profits, devoted to hand surgery education, music education for youth, teaching surgeons about the Internet, and fly fishing & fish conservation. My most recent project is writing a book on the natural history of San Bruno Mountain State and County Park. The park is a wonderful nature preserve, 10 minutes outside the city limits of San Francisco, with 14 federally protected plant and animal species.