Nata Parnes, MD

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Nata Parnes, MD
Director, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Carthage Area Hospital
Carthage, NY

Associate Professor of Surgery
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
AAOS has always provided for all of my professional needs including learning opportunities, social opportunities and volunteer opportunities.


As an Associate Orthopaedic Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
The resources provided by AAOS which I used the most are the journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research which I read on a regular basis. Orthopaedic Knowledge Updates and Instructional Course Lectures books also keep me up to date on my specialty as well as on topics in general orthopaedics.

Also, I attend the AAOS Annual Meeting regularly which provides me a great opportunity to keep my social connections with my friends and colleagues, learn from leaders in the field, and present my research.


What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my wife, who encouraged me to chase my dreams and never settle. She is my life journey partner for the last 30 years and always knows how to support me and to help me put things in the right proportion. She is a great inspiration for me and our children.


What’s your go-to productivity trick?
To invest time in building a strong team that support me in my clinic, operating room and research, as well as keeping continuous open communication with my team members.


What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
30-60 minutes a day of walking or running.


What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy playing and watching tennis with my family and friends and traveling the world.


Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I was fortunate to be trained in shoulder and upper extremity surgeries in 5 different countries located on 3 continents, which had a major impact on my clinical and surgical abilities today.