I grew up in small, rural town in Texas, and then went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Microbiology. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue physical therapy, and obtained a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University. I married my soul mate, and together we moved to Boston, MA, followed by Durham, NC. I worked in the outpatient sports medicine world of physical therapy, and after practicing for several years, made the decision to return to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. At that point in my life, I lived in Kansas City, KS, where I attended University of Kansas School of Medicine. After confirming Orthopedic Surgery was my calling, I was able to join the family of residents at Duke University School of Medicine for residency, followed by a fellowship in Hand and Micro-vascular Surgery. From Durham NC, my husband, 2 children, cat and dog moved to Hawaii, where I practiced orthopedic surgery for 3 years. I then made the difficult decision to leave Hawaii to return to academic practice, and joined Emory University Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor. I spend the majority of my time managing upper extremity trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital, where I am the Director of Hand Trauma. I am very interested in providing and improving resident education. I am also very interested in the public health epidemic of gun violence, prompting me to begin the Grady PIVOT program: Program to Interrupt Violence thru Outreach and Treatment - a collaborative effort between Grady Health System, the Atlanta Police Department and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Atlanta GA. I am very active in many national organizations, and currently am a member of the Young Leaders Group, as well as the Resident Education Committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. I also sit on the ethics committee for Grady Memorial Hospital, and well as for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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Dr. Payne's Care Philosophy
During my first career as a therapist, and now my second career as an orthopedic surgeon, I have found opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives. Whether treating victims of mangling trauma at Grady or treating minor sprains, strains or arthritis, I feel a sense of accountability to my patients, to help them work thru their injury. This has become as a sense of purpose for me, which drives me to do the best job I can - to try to help turn the tide what can be a life-changing injury or event for a patient, into an experience of empowerment to persevere and recover. I am constantly awestruck by the power of patients to recover, and often try to work with patients to find the "glass half full", even thru devastating injury. I feel extremely lucky to to be an orthopedic surgeon, and feel like I have the best job in the world - we have the ability to help patients heal, return to function and return to their lives, which is an incredibly gratifying gift.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Payne to family and friends is 5 out of 5