I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...
you can take someone with severe pain, deformity or injury and restore their function. I saw that during my medical school years and decided orthopaedics was a good fit for me. In my 37 years of practice I have never regretted that decision.
What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?
Taking someone with impairment and restoring their function and productivity. Also, just the day to day interaction with patients and their families. We are in a small community and it is not unusual that I’ve taken care of several generations in the same famiy.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with my wife Nancy.
In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?
I am currently on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) which has been enjoyable and most of all educational. I am a mentor for KaMMCo (malpractice Co), which involves giving support to physicians who are going through a malpractice experience. My wife and I are involved with our church. I am currently on the vestry of the church and we recently finished a 4 year course in Education for Ministry.