I am an traveling orthopaedic surgeon currently working long-term assignments in West Virginian with an office in Lewisburg and hospital privileges at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte. I see a variety of common orthopedic conditions at our practice such as fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee & hip arthritis, shoulder & knee injuries, overuse orthopedic injuries, and sports-related injuries. Common injuries in children are seen, too.
I have worked for three of the last five years in areas in the US with critical need for an orthopaedic surgeon. I am also a Retired Reservist in the US Navy. I obtained my medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After years as a Navy flight surgeon and a civilian clinical research associate consultant, I completed my residency in orthopaedic surgery at Temple University Hospital and a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After fellowship, I voluntarily returned to active duty for 4 years, including a 7-month deployment to the US Navy-operated Role 3 Combat Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
I am thorough in my evaluations and conservative in my approach to patient care. I perform all patient evaluations in my practice; I do not work with a physician extender (physician assistant or nurse practitioner). My treatment goals are to improve the musculoskeletal health of patients by following acceptable clinical standards of care taking into consideration unique individual characteristics of patients and their condition. Where controversy exists in management of care, I follow sound clinical judgment and best-available evidence. Surgery is offered only when there is a clinical indication for it. When both non-operative and operative solutions are reasonable treatment options for the patient, both of these are presented and discussed with the patient. It is my goal for patients to get better and improve the quality and longevity of their lives, whether that requires surgery or not. I make sure that I address all the questions my patients may have during their visit.
I often discuss dietary and lifestyle changes in order to address chronic health issues that are not orthopedic in nature but that have orthopedic implications. Much of orthopedics consists of addressing the end result of chronic disease but without much counseling and education about addressing the root cause. In my practice, I spend a significant amount to time addressing the root cause of chronic disease, in the hopes of helping my patients improve their health, including their musculoskeletal health, instead of just simply addressing their orthopedic complaint.