Over the next several weeks we’ll be asking each of our physicians to reveal a more personal side that extends beyond their medical biography. This week, we spoke with Dr Michael Gordon, who is Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in treating hands, wrists, shoulders, and elbows and sees adults and children of all ages.
What inspired you to become a physician?
I wanted to be able to help people in a tangible and meaningful way. I enjoyed creating and tinkering with and fixing things as a child. You could say I was the neighborhood mechanic. I even built a boat with my father as a summer project.
It’s most similar to architecture, mechanics, and carpentry, and, provides gratification of fixing or restoring function to the anatomy. When I considered applying to medical school, I shadowed an orthopedic surgeon and watched him return the ability of walking to people. It was very inspiring.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the faces of joy and gratitude when patients have recovered from their injury or condition.
What is your biggest challenge?
Not having enough time.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a ________.
Editorial Note: Dr Gordon plays guitar and sings in the band “McDreamy and the Anatomy”, a group consisting solely of physicians! The band competed at the “DR IDOL” fundraising event for Boys & Girls Club a few years ago when they rocked the crowd and won the title.
Your proudest moment?
Becoming and being a father to two amazing daughters.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why?
I’m not fond of trying to name the “best”, “favorite”, or “most” because there are so many great places. I would say Thailand, Japan, and Israel were culturally interesting, but Europe is wonderful too. The US has amazing resources that we sometimes forget like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
Any hobbies? Activities?
Music, Music, Music. Exercise has also become a central part of my life.
What’s your next adventure?
I’d like to make it to the Great Barrier Reef for scuba diving. I haven’t made definite plans, but it’s on my list. Also the Red Sea.
Your guilty pleasure food?
You can read Dr Gordon’s professional biography by clicking here. Michael Gordon, MD is one of thirteen physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. With three locations and same day appointments, our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.