The fifth in our series of getting to know our SOA physicians on a personal level features Dr Kim Furman, Fellowship Trained and Board Re-Certified Orthopedic physician. Dr Furman specializes in hip and knee joint replacements, and there’s an inspirational side of him you may not know. Read about it here:
What inspired you to become a physician?
Great question but difficult to answer. Since age 9 while growing up in Brooklyn, I wanted to go into medicine. Perhaps I was influenced by my next door neighbor, who was general physician, as well as my childhood pediatrician, who made house calls, when I was sick. Surprisingly, my parents never directed me to the medical field but fully supported my decision.
Several factors influenced my decision for Orthopedics.
As a kid, I was always working with my Dad in his basement workshop, building and repairing all sorts of stuff. I was mechanically inclined and loved working with my hands.
For 7 years, while in college and medical school, I was an operating room technician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. I had the opportunity to work with all the surgical specialties. I was fascinated by reconstructive plastic surgery and this became my initial focus. During that time I suffered a traumatic knee injury. A close friend of my family was an orthopedic surgeon. He took care of my knee injury and had a significant impact on redirecting my focus to orthopedics.
While continuing work at Columbia Presbyterian, I rotated through orthopedics. It was at that point that my decision for orthopedics was solidified. I loved all the neat tools that were used. Working on fixing fractures was just like woodworking I did as a kid and continue to do now.
Unfortunately, I suffered numerous complications from my knee injury and seven surgical procedures later resulted in significant knee arthritis. My personal experience with my injury, multiple surgeries, and arthritis has given me an inside view of the problems of my patients. I can empathize easily with them.
The gratification I get from returning a patient to a pain free life style.
What is your biggest challenge?
The ever changing medical environment (insurance, government intrusion) that has taken away the true art of medicine and has made it a business.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be an ________________.
Your proudest moment?
The birth of my 2 children.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why?
China, because of the incredible history and culture developments.
Any hobbies? Activities?
Woodworking, gardening, fishing and traveling. I was an avid softball, tennis, and paddleball player before my knee arthritis limited those activities.
What’s your next adventure?
A trip to the Antarctic.
Your guilty pleasure food?
NOTE: Dr Kim Furman is a Fellowship Trained and Board Re-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He specializes in the treatment of arthritic knees and hips and has been with Sarasota Orthopedic Associates for 30 years. You may read his medical CV by clicking HERE. SOA treats both adults and children in four locations (Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and Bradenton) and offers same day appointments when needed. For more about SOA, click HERE, or call 941-951-2663 for an appointment.