Why did you choose orthopaedics?
After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, I served as a flight surgeon in the Navy which is where I became interested in orthopaedics. After finishing my military service, I completed an orthopaedic residency at University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
What makes you feel successful as a physician?
Success as a physician, in my case, comes from obtaining a good result when treating a patient. When pain is eliminated and a patient gets back to functioning in their daily activities, I feel I have accomplished the goal of why they first sought me out for treatment.
Why did you choose to associate with Southlake Orthopaedics?
During my past ten years at UAB I have shared many spine patients with Dr. Talbert and Dr. Craig at Southlake Orthopaedics. We have collaborated collectively in the treatment of patients and when I was presented with opportunity associate with the multi-specialty orthopaedic group at Southlake, I was proud to accept the invitation.
What other highlights would you be willing to share?
My experience of practicing orthopaedic medicine with an emphasis on the spine spans more than 40 years. This has been both in the private practice sector as well as at the academic level. During my years of practice, I served on the State Rehabilitation Scoliosis and Spina Bifida Clinics and on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
When I am not busy at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Phyllis, with whom I have been married for 55 years and my three children, Donald Anthony, Mary Lauren, Kristin Marie and their families. My hobbies include golfing, and following the University of Alabama football team.
Training & Education:
Undergraduate: Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Internship: Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, University of Maryland affiliated
Military Service: 1963-64 Senior Medical Program, United States Navy; July 1965 Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida; January 1965-1968 Active Duty U.S.N.; July 1968-December 1969 Physician to the Naval War College, Newport, RI.
Residency: University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham July 1974-June 1975
Private Practice: Montclair Orthopedic Surgeons, Birmingham, AL, June 1975-March 2003
Private Practice: Orthopaedic Specialists of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, March 2003-August 2007
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Spine, October 2007-December 2016.