Our weekly blogs have given us fascinating insight to the more personal side of our SOA physicians. This week we sat down with Johnny Gibbs, MD, a Fellowship Trained, Board Certified Sports Medicine Physician, and learned a bit more about what makes him tick.
What inspired you to become a physician?
I originally started my career as a physical therapist, and learning more about disease processes, I developed a strong interest in medicine. During my first year as a physical therapist, a young patient of mine, Claire, passed away from what seemed to be medical complications of her disease. She was a young woman, in her thirties, a single mother, and wonderful person. I will never forget how helpless I felt over her passing and as a result, was compelled to pursue medicine to help improve patient outcomes.
My original interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation was sparked when I was a patient myself during high school. That, along with a background in physical therapy, made it an obvious decision for me.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that I’m able to give people their active life back and alleviate their pain. And, of course, I love the detail and intricacy of operating!
What is your biggest challenge?
Trying to meet patient expectations while dealing with the constantly evolving challenges of the healthcare environment is an enormous task. At times our hands may appear to be temporarily tied as a result of changes in healthcare and insurance. I want patients to know I am their advocate.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a __________________.
That’s easy … If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a football coach.
Your proudest moment?
Even easier answer … Becoming a father to my children.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why?
Bamberg, Germany, a small picturesque town famous for its smoked beer. Why? It’s delicious!
Any hobbies? Activities?
I love sports, watching ESPN, exercising, golfing, and spending time outdoors with my children.
What’s your next adventure?
My wife and I are going on a European river cruise to celebrate her graduation from dermatolopathology training.
Your guilty pleasure food?
Chocolate chip cookies and preferably Otis Spunkmeyer.
NOTE: Dr Gibbs is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates with a specialty in sports medicine. You may read his professional bio by visiting our website or clicking here. SOA has 13 physicians in four locations (Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and Bradenton) and offers same day appointments when needed.