Hamdi Sukkarieh, MD

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Hamdi Sukkarieh, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Adult Spine Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director
Acting Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship Program

University of Mississippi Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Mississippi
Jackson, MS

Why did you join AAOS?
As an international medical graduate, and as one who did my residency outside the US, I have always looked to the AAOS for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and educational materials. I joined AAOS initially as an International Resident Member and now as an Associate Member. AAOS provides high quality up-to-date information, continued support, research opportunities and a large community where orthopaedic surgeons can meet and share experiences and knowledge.


How do you define success?
To me, success is growing and learning in any role that I take. It is about excellent patient care and about delivering more than what is expected of me. However, success is not an instantaneous act, it is rather a process. Achieving my utmost potential in my role and helping my team/institution and my patients do the same is also crucial.


Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration are my parents. I was born and grew up during a 17-year civil war in Lebanon. Life was difficult and uncertainty was the norm. Despite that, my parents worked tirelessly to provide my siblings and myself an upbringing that emphasized the importance of education, hard work and grit. Their sacrifices fueled my path in medicine from its early stages until now and will continue to do so.


How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The AAOS has always provided me with resources that have constantly helped me improve my knowledge and skills.


What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
I advise all new AAOS members to make the best use of their memberships. There is a vast amount of educational materials that AAOS provides, whether articles, books or educational videos. Attending the Annual Meeting is an extremely valuable experience where friendships, collaborations and research ideas occur. Although I am not volunteering in any AAOS committees yet, I advise members to join, serve and contribute, and if you are an IMG, stand up for your rights when it comes to how the ABOS views us.


Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
Despite my marked fear of heights, I got myself to skydive!