I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
I enjoy working with people, and at the same time, fixing things. orthopaedic surgery is a very rewarding specialty that enables someone to work not only with their mind, but with their hands and directly help people. Once I rotated through my orthopaedic elective in medical school and saw how much fun it was directly fixing something that was wrong with a patient, I was hooked.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The most rewarding thing is returning people back to their normal life after an injury or illness. When patients come back in follow-up and tell me how much better they feel and how much more they can do, that is incredibly rewarding.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I spend time with my family. I really enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, running and working out. We also travel a lot as a family. I have been to 49 of the 50 states and many foreign countries. Seeing new people and their surroundings is fascinating. Learning about different cultures and environments, as well as the conditions people live in, can be very humbling.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I really enjoy helping out at various athletic events, everything from being the team doctor for high school football teams to competitive soccer leagues. I have also spoken on behalf of injured workers in political and social forums. With my son, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in my local community.