Dr. Mommy - How Do I Balance Being a Mom and an Orthopaedic Surgeon

the surgeon's path May 30, 2019

No one ever said parenthood was easy! Now combine that with a career as an orthopaedic surgeon and there are sure to be some challenges. Fortunately, it IS possible! I receive many questions from hopeful future surgeons about parenthood and a career in surgery. Here, I talk about my own experience. 

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the surgeon's path May 20, 2019


I’m an orthopaedic surgeon...but if you told me I’d be here when I graduated from college, I’d be laughing at you!  When I got started in college, I thought I was going to be a premed and apply to medical school. It was not a well-thought-out decision. I thought that this was what good Chinese-American children do...grow up to become doctors. It became clear that this goal was parent-driven and not my own.

At UCLA as a new freshman, I walked into my very first class, Bio 101, or whatever it was called back then. Although I came from a medium-sized high school, it sure was shocking to walk into a class of 600 other students, all vying for the premed track. Although I enjoyed biology, I very quickly got weeded out of this class.  Indeed, these were called the “weeder” classes for a reason. Now, here I am, freshman in college with what I thought was going to be a well-defined plan, without direction.

So I decided to take classes that just...

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My Personal Path to Orthopaedic Surgery

the surgeon's path May 16, 2019

Have you ever wondered how one goes about choosing their specialty after medical school? I talk here about how I discovered this specialty, and my own path to orthopaedic surgery and discovering my inner renaissance woman!

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Uncategorized May 06, 2019


It took me a long time to put a name to what I was feeling. Only recently had I started to read about Imposter Syndrome. I've had this feeling multiple times throughout my life and it always had the potential to pull me backwards instead of allowing me to propel forward towards my goals.

I had this feeling when I made it into college, then again in medical school. Even when I got out into practice, taking care of patients, I had that fear. Part of me was in awe of how far I had come, but the voice inside would tell me “They are going to find you out. You are a fraud.” Not because I really was. I legitimately studied, got the good grades, got the good test scores, impressed my attending surgeons, aced the interviews and made my way into medical school, residency, fellowship, and beyond. But this fear was still there and would occasionally rear its ugly head. It never quite goes away, but when I discovered a name for it and when I discovered that I was not the only...

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Sports Medicine for Women: How About Those Knees?

bone and joint health May 02, 2019

Dr. Breanne Brown and I sit down at Providence Park, where the MLS Timbers plan, to have a Facebook Live chat on women and knee conditions. We talk about ACL injuries, arthritis, and more!

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The Non-Traditional Path...Any Regrets?

the surgeon's path Apr 25, 2019

I took a non-traditional path to medicine, taking a few years off after my undergraduate degree at UCLA. I'm often asked - any regrets? Here in this video I talk about what I would do different, if I could go back in time. 

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An Orthopaedic Surgeon's Typical Week

the surgeon's path Apr 11, 2019

Have you ever been curious what a private practice orthopaedic surgeon's week is? I am in a small private group of three surgeons, and we each offer our own niches, mine being sports and arthroscopy (I like to think of myself as a shoulder geek, in particular!). Here's a short video on my average week. 

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What is a Ladypod?

the surgeon's path Mar 28, 2019

Women are underrepresented in the field of orthopaedic surgery - with recent statistics putting women at about 6% of all orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. As a result, it can be difficult for aspiring surgeons to identify and connect with others who look like them. 

The term "ladypod" was coined to describe a lady or female orthopedic surgeon (aka orthopod), and four such women got together at a recent national meeting to sit down and talk about the experience of being a woman in orthopaedic surgery. Certainly there are challenges, but this video shows how we have addressed those challenges, being productive orthopaedic surgeons while balancing family and personal life. 

Take a look at the video below to see how Drs. Nancy Yen Shipley, Karen Sutton, Pamela Mehta and Jennifer Weiss represent different subspecialties in orthopaedic surgery, and inspire future doctors with their unique experiences in medicine.



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Does Long Distance Running Cause Arthritis?

bone and joint health Mar 12, 2019


I often get this question - does running cause arthritis?

In general, physical activity is important in maintaining your health. Many people falsely believe that running can cause arthritis but research show that this isn't necessarily true.

In reality, walking, running or strenuous exercise can significantly decrease risk of any knee osteoarthritis. Doctors are still trying to understand how running can improve knee arthritis, with continual research studies.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis caused by trauma or overuse of joints. Any of your joints can be affected, but the knee is the most common.  Knee arthritis occurs when the cartilage that covers the surface of your joint (also called hyaline cartilage or articular cartilage) becomes progressively worn away, eventually leaving the raw bone beneath exposed. Under normal conditions the cartilage is even slicker than a hockey puck on ice, but once the smooth covering wears away the result is a...

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But I’m Not a Tennis Player!

bone and joint health Feb 25, 2019


As a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, I often see patients with complaints at their elbow. One of the more common diagnoses is tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis. Surprisingly, most of my patients with this condition don’t even play tennis!! Many types of repetitive arm movement can lead to tennis elbow. It all has to do with the tendons in our arms.

Tendons are the structures that hold muscle to bone. The tendons in our bodies are very tough and stretchy, kind of like rubber bands. But like rubber bands, tendons can weaken over time. Wear and tear on these tendons as we go about our daily activities can eventually lead to micro tears, and instead of being one long, smooth bundle of stretchy fibers, the tendons become “tangled” by the process of tearing and re-healing, and are weakened. This leads to inflammation of the tendons. When this inflammation happens at the outside of the elbow, a part of the body called the epicondyle,...

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