Fracture care is a complicated specialty. Not only do fractures hurt physically, but they cause social, psychological and financial problems as well. Caring for the fracture patient often involves caring about the effect of the fracture on the patients life. Loss of income creates many more problems than the simple fact of having an injury.
My role is to not only treat the fracture in a manner which is the most likely to restore function, but also to provide information and resources for patients to cope with their injuries.
I believe in spending time with patients to help me understand their situation so I can present options for their treatment which will help them accomplish their goals, but also to help them set reasonable expectations.
Medical care is a two-way street and patients must be involved in and understand their care. I strive to serve as a resource for patients to understand what they need to do to return to as near normal function as possible.
I am an orthopaedic trauma surgeon which means that most of my patients experienced a sudden, often dramatic, change in life. An accident has changed the future for most of my patients. I believe that helping patients involves not only repairing the physical damage but also helping them to cope with the recovery process and aftermath of the injury. My staff and I are aware that while we do this every day, this experience is new to the patient. Our job is to support them during their recovery from injury or illness. I attended Rhodes College in Memphis and majored in Business Administration. My first job was at Campbell Clinic as the business manager. Within 2 weeks of beginning work, I realized that medicine would be my calling. I attended night school and summer school to finish my pre-medical course work. I went to medical school at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN, my hometown. I finished my orthopaedic residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and then spent an additional six years in the military. I have practiced at Brooke Army Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham and am now at the University of Missouri – Columbia. I currently serve as the Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at MU. I have always enjoyed teaching and have done so at every position I have held. I also teach at national and international courses on fracture and soft tissue surgery. I enjoy teaching patients as well and strive to help every patient understand their injury and what it means to them.