>>Hello! What’s up bud, how are you? I went to college to study math and science
because I was really curious behind how things work on a molecular level. And while I was at school, I fell in love
with the biology of disease. So figuring out why people get sick and how
you could solve problems is really what drew me to medicine. The reason I chose kids with early-onset scoliosis
and chest wall deformity as the area of my expertise is because that’s a patient
population that needs a lot of help. They’re very sick, and I think you can make
a marked improvement in their quality of life by taking care of them. These are kids that are on ventilators, that
with a certain types of operations, you get off the ventilator and allow
them to play and be kids. So, I think there’s a huge area where you
can make a big difference in a child’s life, and I think that’s a great
area to practice medicine. The other part of orthopaedics
that I love is fracture care. And I’ve always enjoyed putting puzzles back
together, and I feel like fixing fractures is similar to a thousand-piece puzzle in the
fact that you have to get each individual piece exactly where it belongs. The reason that the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia is special is because it’s more than just the surgeon; it’s multidisciplinary
care of every subspecialty that you could imagine. And the thing that I love about working here
is if I ever have a question, there’s someone here who’s an expert in it
and can give mean answer. That team approach is something that you only
get it a couple of places around the world, and CHOP is one of them. I would want a parent of a potential patient
of mine to know that I’m going to be very honest with them. I’m going to tell them
exactly how I see it and not hide anything. I want them to know that they can ask me anything;
we should have a very candid conversation about the route of care we’re going to provide
their child with, and they should know that I am as concerned about their child’s future
as they are, and we should work together as a team. To be able to offer a family hope is something
that I think is a very special feeling. There’s something special
about taking care of children. They really want to play with their brothers
and sisters in the family room or get back out on the soccer or football field or go
back to school and be with their friends in the classroom. And seeing that type of enthusiasm about getting
better is something that is I think unique to pediatrics and it’s a refreshing
part of my day, every day.