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Gary Kuzma, MD, FAAOS, FACS

Why did you join AAOS?

I’m proud to be a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, an organization with a commitment to further the practice of orthopaedics.

How do you define success?

My definition of success is finding a balance between work and family. It is important to be respected in your community for doing good work and satisfying patients’ needs.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I think inspiration comes from being associated with people you want to emulate. Everyone knows that no one is perfect. I think you experience working with many teachers and associates. You should try to find their good characteristics and qualities and apply them to your lifestyle. I had the good fortune of doing my residency with Dr. David Murray who was an excellent surgeon, teacher and one of the nicest surgeons that I ever had the opportunity to work with in the operating room, a true gentleman.

What do you love most about AAOS?

The AAOS provides education, guidance, and a mechanism for camaraderie and keeping in touch with Associates when you go into practice.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

Use the resources provided by the AAOS, become involved, attend the meetings, and remember that orthopaedics is a family.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?

I enjoy fly fishing and fly tying and have volunteered to help teach that skill at one of the local Orvis stores. They were more than happy to have someone help with that. It is a wonderful past time that lets you enjoy nature. Your family members may also become involved. I am a Formula 1 addict.