Heidi Steck, MD


Heidi Steck, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Trauma, Orthopaedic Sepsis, and Deformity Corrections
Netcare Milpark Hospital
Johannesburg, South Africa


As an International Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?

I joined the AAOS for all the educational facilities provided online – access to international orthopaedic journals that, considering the exchange rate, would be prohibitively expensive for me to subscribe to as an individual. I also enjoy the online webinars and virtual courses. Sometimes it is revision, but often I pick up tips and tricks and pearls that enrich my skillset.


What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

The best advice that I was ever given is that the enemy of good is perfect. Also, you can’t turn $#!t into ice cream! Very, very true for trauma…


What’s your go-to productivity trick?

I try to have at least two projects on the go at any one time. When I procrastinate with the one, I get the other done, and vice versa. Fatigue is not my friend; I’d rather get up early to get work done than try to stay up late. With the ever-increasing administrative load on our practices, I sometimes struggle to make time for pre-operative planning and e-learning. In the mornings, no-one can distract me if they are still asleep!


What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy my family’s company, cooking, gardening, and exploring the great outdoor beauty that South Africa has to offer. The remote places with no cellphone signal are my favorite.


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

I’m a straightforward, simple person, I don’t have many secrets. I am easily distracted by bones. If it’s my day off and you offer me a nasty femur or pelvis fracture, all social plans go out the window and I am only focused on the bones. Perhaps this is why I like relaxing in places with no signal?!