Why did you join AAOS?
I joined to be part of the organization with the highest standards for orthopaedic surgeons. All my teachers and mentors are Members. The Academy values professional development and patient care.
How do you define success?
My definition of success is a busy practice with satisfied patients, continuous improvement of my clinical skills, and being engaged with my family.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspirations are my father Dr. H.R. Woodward (a retired orthopaedic spine surgeon) and his longtime surgical partners in Omaha. They have all been incredibly generous with their wisdom, particularly during some challenging times in my early practice.
What do you love most about AAOS?
The AAOS is a great way to stay in touch with old colleagues and teachers from my years of training. The bonds formed "in the trenches" during those years are unbreakable, and I really enjoy the periodic reunions at Academy events.
What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
Senior mentorship during your early practice is invaluable. Having partners who care about my success has been a blessing.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
When I lived in Philadelphia for residency I fell in love with oysters, and with practice I can now proudly shuck five oysters in one minute.