Chris underwent back surgery at OCI after an accident and was expected to never walk again. However, with post-surgery follow up with his docter and nine months of therapy, he is regaining his mobility. “We are doing what they said could never be done,” Chris said.
- Graduated from University of Nevada School of
- Medicine, Reno, Nevada
- Residency, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois
- Fellowship, Orthopedics of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
- Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Member, North American Spine Society
- Member, Illinois State Medical Society
- Member, Sangamon County Medical Society
- Member, Illinois Orthopedic Society
- Member, American Medical Association
Why did you decide to go into Orthopedics?
Orthopedic Surgery is a great specialty within medicine. It allows me to have both an office-based practice and hospital-based practice. It is a rewarding field, and I am able to make a positive impact on a person’s life.
Why did you choose your sub-specialty?
Spine is a very challenging sub specialty within Orthopedic Surgery. It is a very dynamic subspecialty with new innovations being made at a rapid pace. I particularly enjoy the diagnostic aspect. The challenge of determining the source of an individual’s pain and then making a plan for cure.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
Helping people overcome a disability, whether it is a pain that is significantly impacting their life or a true disability.
What do you do to relax when you’re not in the office?
I have two boys. Therefore, I am not given an opportunity to “relax”, but I do enjoy being on a ballfield with them.
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