I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

People ask me this a lot. Often, I am the first woman orthopaedic surgeon they have met! I really enjoyed my rotations as a medical student, and I loved surgery, but what attracted me to orthopaedics was the opportunity to get people back to doing what they love to do. One of my mentors said, "General surgeons save lives. Orthopaedic surgeons save lifestyles. You just have to decide what suits you." I love helping my patients return to activities, whether they want to be able to work, write, cook, build, create, make music, or win the big game!

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

My favorite part of being an orthopaedic surgeon is making patients happy. When patients come back or send a note to tell me that they are back to fly fishing, knitting, rock climbing, playing piano, gardening, teaching, building houses, playing golf, or even being able to cut their food again...it makes me happy to know that I had a part in that. Of course, everyone has bad days, but I feel lucky that I usually can go home at the end of the day knowing that I made a difference.