According to Dr. Bonner, the inherent privilege of practicing medicine is the incessant challenge to acquire and synthesize ever-expanding information and evidence. An integral responsibility of being a physician and a surgeon is staying at the top of your game, whether in the office or the operating room setting. He also believes you truly need to treat your patients like they are family and friends. When it comes to surgical interventions, Dr. Bonner stresses that vetting new procedures based on scientific methodology and not commercial hype is an important component to his responsibility as a physician.
Prior to joining the Jordan-Young Institute, Dr. Bonner served as an Orthopedic Surgeon in the U.S. Navy for four years until he left as a Lieutenant Commander in 2002. During his tenure, Dr. Bonner was Chief of Sports Medicine at Portsmouth Naval Hospital as well as the Team Physician for the U.S. Navy Seals. He is a former Division 1 Baseball player who now takes care of many of the regions elite athletes from high school through the professional level. He is the official team physician for the Old Dominion University Wrestling Team, Women's Soccer Team, and Baseball Team. Dr. Bonner serves as faculty and lectures at Orthopedic Conferences both in the US and internationally. He has written numerous articles and medical textbook chapters on topics including arthroscopic shoulder surgery, meniscus repair & transplantation, articular cartilage treatment & repair, osteochondral transplantation, ligament reconstruction of the knee, and the ethics of stem cells and other biologic treatments.