Sports Medicine (pediatric)
Med School/Year Graduated: Vanderbilt University, 2008
Years in Practice: 7
You have an MBA as well as a medical degree. What type of business did you study? Does it help with your practice?
I have a business degree with a health care concentration. The added degree has given me a deeper appreciation of investing in customer service. We studied companies like Disney and Southwest, and I try to apply those principles to the office visit.
What are the most common medical issues among student athletes?
By far, the most common injuries I see are overuse injuries throughout the body. Injuries like runner’s knee, growth plate injuries or shoulder impingement are probably most prevalent.
Sports medicine is one of those specialties with a variety of entry points: family medicine, orthopedics, physical medicine, etc. What route did you take, and why?
I entered sports medicine after completing a pediatrics residency and fellowship. It is hard to explain exactly why, but I just feel the most comfortable around pediatric patients, and I love the family aspect of care.
Are you an athlete yourself? Did you ever need the services of a sports specialist?
Yes, in high school, I was all-state in soccer. I also earned varsity letters in track, wrestling and baseball. In medical school, I did need to see sports medicine [specialists] when I developed knee pain training for a half-marathon. It was ironically an overuse injury of the IT band.
Has being multilingual helped you in Arizona?
Absolutely! I would say more than just speaking the language, having insight into Latin American culture has been invaluable. It gives me a better sense of a family’s perspectives like fears and expectations when discussing a diagnosis or plan.
You created The Injury Source, which is a website dedicated to in-depth information on sports-related injuries. What sparked your desire to make the site?
My parents were both educators, and the passion to teach definitely was passed on to me. My strength is in explaining conditions to families clearly and concisely, and that is what the site is all about. An uncluttered space with simple and easy to understand information for anyone.
Name the best depiction of your field in TV or film that you’ve ever seen.
The medical providers that appear throughout the Netflix series QB1: Beyond the Lights are a fairly accurate depiction.
Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?
Honestly, my time away from work is spent being the best husband and father I can be. Otherwise, I am a reader and love a good biography.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”
A business consultant.