George A C Murrell, MD

Professor George Murrell 
Shoulder Surgeon
Orthopaedic Research Institute, St George Hospital Campus
Sydney, NSW, Australia


How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
I have regularly attended the Annual Meeting and enjoy presenting our work there.  I love interacting with surgeons both from America and around the world. 

As an International Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
I particularly enjoy attending the meeting by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
As I recall there was a Presidential Lecture for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the presenter said “Life is like a jar.  It is best to put the big balls in first, then fill the rest up with the smaller balls.  The big balls are the things that you think are important in life, the small balls are the less important ones.”

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I find it most helpful to compartmentalize my week so that I do research activities during a dedicated time, operating during a specific time seeing patients at a specific time, and trying not to mix and match them.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Keep exercising on a regular basis.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy coaching pole vault and I also enjoy traveling, and in particular, historically related travel.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I spent the first 5 years of my life living in Papua New Guinea