Dr Brian Curtin, MD

Dr Brian Curtin, MD Surgical Specialist in Charlotte, NCDr Brian Curtin, Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the VCU Medical Center, VA

Dr. Brian Curtin MD takes center stage in today’s “Medical Spotlight”. Dr. Curtin is a young, dynamic medical professional with, at the time of writing, 8 years of experience and practices in Orthopaedic Surgery. We are pleased to showcase this future medical star of tomorrow

Describe your current position and what led you to your job:

I specialize in adult reconstruction and hip arthroscopy at an academic center teaching residents and fellows. I also engage in clinical research in early interventions aimed at preventing arthritic progression later in life.

What has been the most rewarding moment in your career?

Winning the teaching award for my orthopedic residency as voted on by my peers and attending staff. I really value the educational side of what I do, and the award just affirmed that my efforts were having an impact.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Treat every patient like family and you will never go wrong.

What would you recommend to someone interested in working in your field?

It’s a long time in training but in the end it really is worth it. Orthopedics is definitely a specialty that can influence a patient’s day-to-day life and you can see it every day in the clinic with joint replacement patients. A good shadowing experience is always beneficial just to make sure orthopedics is something you may enjoy.

What challenges have you faced and how did you successfully manage one situation?

Starting a new job at an academic center that does things differently than you were trained in both medical school and residency has been at times trying and difficult. You first have to realize that things can’t change overnight and keep an open mind. Patience and slowly introducing new ideas and protocols will gain acceptance much easier than massive overhauls and sweeping changes.

What skills are necessary or what prepared you the most for your career?

You have to be good with your hands and most orthopedic surgeons are good with tools. Experience with carpentry or mechanics growing up is definitely a plus and prepares you well for orthopedics. Many people in this field were also involved in athletics, which may prepare you as the job is physically demanding at times.

What professional associations have aided in your professional development?

I am currently a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, both of which provide great mentoring and support for their members as well as a forum for research interests. I’m also a reviewer for the European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery which keeps me involved in the latest research both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Plans Accepted:

Source:  George Town Alumni Online

To find out more about Dr Curtin, visit: http://www.vcuhealth.org

Dr Brian Curtin’s Current Location:

Ambulatory Care Center
417 North 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 828-7069

VCU Medical Center at Stony Point
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 560-8945

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About Stewart Andrew Alexander

Stewart Andrew Alexander is the Managing Editor of Medical Spotlights, an Online Digital Journal dedicated to bridging the gap between medical practitioners, and a growing public trying desperately to find jargon free information about doctors in their local areas.

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