Drs. Charles Rockwood and David P. Green are perhaps best known for their infamous textbook, Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults.  Their accolades, however, go far beyond their published work.  They have served in numerous leadership roles and mentored an entire generation of orthopedic surgeons.  In this episode, I sit with the two giants to discuss their careers, teaching, and the meaning of symbiosis.

This interview was very special for me because I have always been curious about the power of relationships. In orthopedics, we have so many different personalities and philosophies and it’s amazing to see how complementary strengths can combine to produce powerful change.

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”

Matsuo Basho

This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes and it captures why I am so obsessed with stories! I love listening to why things happened, what happened to whom and when it all went down. What was the motivation behind and the circumstances surrounding some of the great advances in our field? I hope this is as inspiring to you as it was for me.

Special thanks to Dr. Christina Brady and Peter Rockwood for coordinating this interview.


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