How did you become interested in medicine?
From the time I was very young, I really wanted to be a veterinarian; however, as I entered college and then medical school, I eventually realized that I'd rather have a human patient base, because the doctor-patient relationship would be more involved and the conversation would be livelier.
When did you decide to specialize in orthopaedics?
Up until my third year of medical school, I planned to go into family medicine. However, as soon as I completed my surgical rotation, I decided that I'd much rather perform surgery, and specialize in orthopaedic surgery in particular.
What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?
I treat sports-related injuries of all kinds, most commonly injuries to the shoulders and knees. The best thing my patients can do to avoid injury is to make sure they are adequately trained and properly conditioned. Warming up, making sure they follow strengthening and conditioning programs, etc.
What do you like best about working with your patients?
I definitely enjoy the interpersonal relationships. I also like that I can take an active role in helping my patients overcome and recover from their injuries, and get back to the activities that they enjoy.
What do you like best about working for OAA?
I like that OAA is a large practice with multiple subspecialties, and that we provide comprehensive treatment for every aspect of orthopaedic care. I especially like that we provide University-level care in a private practice. It's impressive and unique.
How did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?
While I was performing my Fellowship in Salt Lake City, UT, I started interviewing at OAA. My wife and I have family on the East Coast, and especially having lived in New York City, I liked the fact that the Lehigh Valley provided access to a larger metropolitan area.
If you were not an orthopaedic surgeon, what would you be doing?
I think I'd probably have gone into family medicine. I can't imagine doing anything other than being a physician.
How do you apply your experience as an orthopaedic surgeon and a physician to the rest of your life?
Working in the world of medicine tends to put things in perspective. I would say I'm laid back by nature, but I've become even better at learning not to stress over small issues, and I've definitely learned to be calmer in everyday circumstances. I see people who are in pain and in bad shape all the time. It helps me to remain thankful for my blessings and not sweat the little things.
Of what achievements are you especially proud?
It sounds like such a canned answer, but I am most proud of the growth and accomplishments of my five kids. And my wonderful wife, of course!