While I think of medicine as a science with evidence for the treatments that we offer to patients, I also think it is an art. There is no perfect answer for everyone — treatment needs to individualized based on the individual needs and goals of the patient. I always think about how I would treat this patient if I were recommending treatment to a family member.
Whether a patient needs surgery or nonoperative treatments, good medical care is a process to get a patient from injury or disease to treatment success and I like to remain involved in that complete process.
I entered medicine because I wanted to help people as well as be challenged intellectually. I chose orthopedics, and specifically sports medicine, due to my passion for being active and playing sports while growing up. I played baseball, wrestled in high school and participated in intramural sports while in college. Fitness and sports continue to be an important part of my own life today.
While I have never required surgery, I have had several broken bones including an ankle fracture as a first year medical student. Dealing with those injuries helped give me some perspective on recovery and the importance of therapy in conjunction with the treatment provided by a surgeon.
I’ve participated in various races where the money raised was donated to numerous charities including the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as several community outreach projects while in school and training in Philadelphia, such as Habitat For Humanity and some public health outreach while in medical school.
My personal interests include sports such as football, baseball and hockey as well as keeping fit by running, lifting weights and biking. I also enjoy other outdoor activities such as fishing, grilling and camping.