I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
My own athletic background and that of my grandfather, Siegbert Lazar, MD, led me to sports medicine. While growing up I always heard his stories from his service in World War I, and his professional fulfillment while doing sports medicine for the German Olympic track and field teams in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
The opportunity to cure someone; return them to a healthy, active lifestyle, and make a positive impact in their lives and future is what drives me every day. I occasionally joke with my wife (an internal medicine physician) that she manages patients’ illnesses and I fix them. While this is a superficial view of our profession, it captures the essence of what I love about sports medicine: an athlete comes to see me with an injury and I return them to the playing field as good as they were prior to the injury; or I replace a patient’s arthritic shoulder, allowing them to return to a more active, pain-free life.
What do you like to do in your free time?
What free time? I spend as much time as possible with my two girls (10 and 7).
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of starting my orthopaedic career in the military has been the foundation in volunteerism that the military promotes. We are afforded the opportunity for leadership very early. My mentors in fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery encouraged active participation in AOSSM and AAOS. Thus, serving as the publications and communications committee chair for American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for the past 3 years has been an incredible opportunity to pass information to my colleagues and give back to our own community within orthopaedics.