– Medicine, to me, is a lifestyle. It’s not a vocation. The first inkling that I
had of becoming a physician were the stories that were
told about my grandfather who took care of our war-injured in World War I on the
battlefields of France. I think that is probably what inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. I’ve been a board-certified
orthopedic surgeon and plastic surgeon since 1993, and I feel like I’m just getting started. The thing that I like
working in the fields of orthopedics and plastic
surgery is using the tools and techniques of both
orthopedic and plastic surgery on saving limbs, upper
and lower extremities, hands, arms, legs, feet. We’ve really transformed
the lives of some patients that would never have had the opportunity to regain their function,
their independence, their body image. That’s the extension and flexion there. (laughing) That’s the best therapy he’s ever had. We give patients back their dignity. Right here, do it again, Lou. Unbelievable. This is why you came. That commodity is probably the
most important characteristic of anything we do in clinical care. The way I’ve been fulfilled
is to have the three A’s: available, affable, and able. I’m not a nine-to-five guy. My cellphone’s on 24-7-365. Anybody, anywhere, any
patient, any family. You have a problem, call me,
and I’ll help you solve it.