How did you become interested in medicine and when did you decide to specialize in orthopaedics - specifically total joints?
I chose a career in orthopaedics because of the vast improvement our patients experience from our care. Hip and knee replacements are overall some of the most beneficial surgeries in all of medicine, and it's a pleasure to witness the improvements we can make in our patients' ability to live pain-free, work, play sports, and enjoy their activities with their loved ones.
What are common conditions you treat?
I treat diseases of the hip and knee, in particular arthritis and other degenerative conditions such as hip dysplasia, a vascular necrosis, meniscal tears in the knee. These conditions are typically occurring in the population above the age of 40.
What do you like best about working with your patients?
The best part is talking with my patients and developing a plan for their care, based on their needs, lifestyle, and severity of disease. We offer all the treatments available from simple medications and physical therapy, to injections, and surgery.
What do you like best about working for OAA?
The best thing about OAA is that we all are subspecialists in our fields, and I feel that for every new procedure or technology out there, there is someone at OAA who is experienced in it. In my case, I have performed the anterior hip approach to hip replacements for many patients, and I feel this is a great improvement in recovery and function for my patients. I also get many referrals for hip and knee replacements from areas as far as 2 hours away, including difficult cases that other surgeons do not feel comfortable with. This gives me great satisfaction to help people who are in need.
How did you come to live and work in the Lehigh Valley?
I did most of my growing up in Philadelphia and I did most of my training in Philadelphia as well. When I was looking for positions in southeastern PA, I felt that OAA was the best place for me without question because I could easily sub specialize in the field of hip and knee replacements, which is the field that I received fellowship training in. Also I knew of the great tradition of excellent orthopaedic care OAA has provided for more than 40 years.
If you were not an orthopaedic surgeon, what would you be doing?
If I weren't an orthopaedic surgeon, I would have liked to be a concert pianist or violinist or play outfield for the Phillies.