As specialized as our protocols are today, medicine is a constantly evolving practice. I remain active in research to study the outcomes of my patients, but also to educate other surgeons. By maintaining my relationships with other leaders in the field from across the country, we can teach and learn the most cutting-edge techniques from each other. As an example, I have an interest in optimizing pain management after joint replacement with multimodal strategies. This approach focuses on using many different medications all at lower doses to give a better analgesic effect than any single medication. Combining anti-inflammatories and other non-narcotic medications has provided enhanced pain relief with fewer side effects. As an example, I introduced to the hospital a novel long-lasting injection that can be given at the time of surgery and last multiple days while avoiding systemic side effects. I give lectures on the use of this medication strategy and have reported research on the positive outcomes.
I remain active in clinical research and present at national meetings. While practicing at a community hospital, I aim to remain as academic as possible in both learning for myself and teaching others. I enjoy participating as faculty at meetings for other surgeons and sharing in my experiences. I feel obligated to my patients to continue my own learning and to my colleagues to continue to educate. These opportunities have led me to become involved with leadership committees and boards on the local and national level. In 2016-17, I was one of 10 orthopedic surgeons in the country selected by our national American Academy for Orthopedic Surgeons for their Leadership Fellows Program.
Leadership and Research Roles
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