I grew up in Augusta (GA) and I currently live in Durham (NC).
I am a physiatrist, in my ninth year of practicing medical and interventional spine.
I am happy to say that I have been a member of NASS since 2012. I joined because I wanted to connect with a community of like-minded individuals, and also to contribute to the unprecedented platform that NASS has for advocacy.
One of the most engaging aspects of my practice is my chance to educate, and to be educated, by my patients about their spine diagnosis. The opportunity to serve on the Patient Education Committee seemed to be a natural fit. Through service on the Patient Education Committee, I hope to improve my ability to communicate the nuances of spine care to patients.
Although the future seems to lie with value-based care, the present still appears to have a fairly heavy representation of fee-for-service. Fortunately, NASS’ concerted advocacy gives all spine providers a voice in designing value-based payment models, which will help patients.
I am actually not a very active social media user. My observations suggest that Twitter and Instagram seem to be the most impactful. I do aim to become a more active social media user because the platforms would seem to be valuable tools for Patient Education.
Health care seems to receive a fair amount of media coverage. Some coverage seems controversial, such as how health care inspires a lot of debate in Congress. Many stories seem very thought-provoking, such as the coverage of the opioid epidemic and physician burnout. And of course, other stories are unequivocal calls to action, such as the tragic events perpetrated by a physician on the athletes of USA Gymnastics. I do believe that the media and health care providers are natural partners, because we both aim to help our patients and our societies.
I am the proud father of two very young boys, who keep me busy most of the time. In our down time, our family enjoys exploring the mountains and beaches of North Carolina.