Paolo Spinello, MD


Paolo Spinello, MD
Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow
University of Louisville, KY

As an International Resident Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
As an International Resident Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), I find the AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU) to be an invaluable resource. The OKU provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on various orthopaedic topics, including trauma and adult reconstruction. Its evidence-based approach and contributions from leading experts in the field ensure that I stay current with the latest advancements in orthopaedic surgery. Additionally, I frequently access the AAOS online learning platform, which offers a wide range of educational materials and courses to further enhance my knowledge and skills.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
One of the most valuable pieces of advice I've received in my career came from a respected colleague with whom I had the privilege of working closely. He emphasized the importance of maintaining a patient-centered approach in orthopedic practice. This advice emphasized the significance of listening attentively to patients, understanding their concerns, and involving them in the decision-making process. It highlighted the transformative power of effective communication and the ability to build trust with patients, ultimately leading to improved treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction. Incorporating this advice into my practice has not only strengthened the doctor-patient relationship but has also enriched my overall experience as an orthopedic surgeon.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? 
When it comes to managing the demanding nature of surgical tasks and responsibilities, I rely on a well-structured approach and effective organization. Prior to each surgical procedure, I meticulously plan and visualize the steps involved, along with the specific instruments and equipment required for each stage. By creating a detailed checklist of instruments and ensuring their availability before the surgery, I can streamline the process and minimize any potential delays or interruptions. This practice not only enhances patient safety but also streamlines the surgical workflow, allowing for efficient utilization of time and resources. Additionally, I prioritize effective communication and collaboration within the surgical team, fostering a synchronized effort that promotes productivity and optimal patient care. By maintaining open lines of communication, we can anticipate each other's needs, address any challenges promptly, and ensure a seamless workflow throughout the surgical process. This collaborative approach not only enhances efficiency but also enhances the overall quality of care provided to our patients.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
One thing I am currently trying to make a habit is maintaining a daily journal. Reflecting on my experiences, both personally and professionally, allows me to gain insights, set goals, and track my progress. It serves as a tool for self-reflection and continuous improvement, enabling me to learn from each day's challenges and successes. Developing this habit has proven to be beneficial for my personal growth and development as an orthopaedic surgeon.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time, I find great joy in engaging in aerobic sports such as cycling and swimming. There's something incredibly refreshing and invigorating about these activities, especially after a demanding workday. The rush of endorphins and the sense of accomplishment that comes with pushing my physical limits contribute to my overall well-being. Additionally, I love going on long hikes with my beautiful dog. Exploring nature and spending time outdoors allows me to unwind, clear my mind, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
In the evenings before I go to sleep, I often find myself surfing into Reddit. It's a platform I thoroughly enjoy, as I love spending time exploring various subreddits that cater to different interests. Whether it's diving into thought-provoking discussions, discovering fascinating facts, or simply enjoying some light-hearted humor, Reddit offers a vast array of content that captivates my curiosity. It's a guilty pleasure that allows me to relax and indulge in a diverse range of topics before I drift off to sleep.