When entering medical school, Orthopedics initially appealed to me because it is an interesting combination of medicine, sports, and engineering.
Do you have a favorite on-the-job story you can share with us?
I had the opportunity to perform shoulder replacements on my fourth-grade teacher. It was great to reconnect with her and she was a pleasure to work with. She is functioning beyond her expectations and is pain free.
What is the best part of practicing in Albuquerque?
It’s great to practice in my hometown. Both my wife and I are physicians and multi-generational natives of Albuquerque. When we were finishing our medical training, it was obvious that we both wanted to come home and practice in an area that has so much going for it, but is generally underserved medically.
Off the clock, do you have any hobbies or causes you support?
Currently, I help coach my son’s high school wrestling team in my free time. I also enjoy skiing and all aspects of outdoor sports.
What’s the most exciting new development in your field?
Over the last several years there has been an emphasis on minimally invasive / arthroscopic procedures. I’m often amazed at our ability to perform surgeries through very small incisions.
What has been the proudest moment of your career?
Going back to Duke, (where I attended undergraduate school( after completion of my residency, to sub-specialize in the orthopedic care of athletes. Part of the requirement of the fellowship was serving as one of the lead physicians for the Duke basketball team.
In one sentence, what would be your advice for living a happy, healthy life ?
Exercise and have fun!