I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I liked the idea of restoring function. Without it you’re not fully living life. Whether you’re shaking hands, or caring for a child – throwing a touchdown pass or playing a round of golf, movement is integral to quality of life. The ability to restore a patient’s normal function by restoring or correcting anatomy enables me to be a part of helping them return to the everyday things they need to do as well as the things they love doing most. Basically, I like fixing a musculoskeletal problem – something that has been broken, torn or is just no longer working – and physically restore patients with no significant long term care.
I specialized in hand surgery, because I found the very intricate, delicate and fascinating anatomy of the hand and wrist presents significant challenges with each case, as all are unique. And I like the rapidity with which many of the problems can be resolved – being able to see a patient in clinic and the next hour in the operating room fixing the problem. Hand procedures, specifically, are mostly outpatient. This is great because I like to see the patient up and heading home “repaired” the same day!
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Really seeing a patient reach goals they thought they might not otherwise reach because of an unexpected injury is very gratifying. This is as much a part of their commitment to recovery as my work. It’s both rewarding and inspiring to see their determination and resolve to overcome – and know that I played a part in helping them achieve their goals, whether it’s simply the normal resumption of everyday life, the Championship of the playoffs or an Olympic dream.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, jogging and playing tennis. I also coach my son’s little league baseball team and on the sideline during football season as well. My daughter and I also train and run annually in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
In addition to coaching, I also serve as the Director of Sports Medicine for my son’s Little League team and provide educational material and insight into both prevention and treatment of many hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions seen in youth sports. I hope that this will reduce the number of unnecessary injuries and help parents and coaches more easily identify potential problems before they become more serious. I am also a member of the Kezia DePelchin Society. I think each of us should play an active role in what our community will ultimately be. So, I hope that this involvement not only allows me to provide a service but also gain valuable insight into parts of our community I might not otherwise have the pleasure of knowing.