If You Give a Surgeon a Cookie - Part 2

Today, I continue our conversation with  Dr. David G. LaVelle, MD on The SurgeonMasters Podcast. During his more than 30 years of surgical work, Dr. LaVelle has watched surgery transform from a practice that occasionally held a certain butcher-shop feel, to a highly technical  and refined art form. He has experienced every aspect of life as a surgeon, from pre-op to post-op to retirement.

Even though he’s no longer turning 12-hour days in the operating room, Dr. LaVelle remains in clinical practice and is a highly sought-after surgical consultant. His passion for pursuing excellence in surgery is still pronounced, and he works to help up and coming surgeons—and the surgical staff—become more familiar with the finer points of surgery.  

Dr. LaVelle is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis (1979). He completed his Orthopaedic Surgical Residency in 1984, and has remained on staff at the Campbell Clinic all these years.

Listen as Dr. LaVelle and I discuss a range of topics, including:

  • Fighting with osteoarthritis in the hands—the great fear of an aging surgeon…

  • Pushing through the pain versus knowing when it’s time to quit…

  • The fluctuation between burnout and success…

  • Why it’s important to have malleability in self-image…

  • Finding gratification outside of the OR and work…

  • Replicating the adrenaline rush of surgery with other things…

  • And more...

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