Why did you choose to practice orthopedic medicine?
First, I enjoy restoring function and quality of life for patients as well as working with my hands. Orthopaedic medicine allows this every day.
From a societal perspective, the demand for orthopaedic care is growing dramatically, and I want to be at the forefront of meeting this challenge.
Why did you choose to work at Duke?
I was fortunate to attend Duke University School of Medicine and train in the Duke residency program. During that time, I observed a deep commitment to excellence and the infrastructure and organization to achieve it.
Because my personal career goals are to deliver exceptional care to both my individual patients as well as shape our health care system on a societal level, Duke was a perfect fit. The quality of life in North Carolina didn't hurt either!
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The doctor-patient relationship. It is the reason I ultimately chose to be a physician and is at the core of our profession. The variety of people I get to meet everyday and seeing them return to an active lifestyle is extremely rewarding.