My Journey in Becoming a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
Bilal Mahmood, M.D. (U'08)
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester Medical Center
At Union, I majored in Mathematics and Physics. I've always considered the purity of mathematics unrivaled in all the sciences, with physics its closest sibling. The physics department remained home-base, thanks in large part to the welcoming nature of Colleen Palleschi, the department's administrative assistant. I was privileged to do research with Professors Koopmann and Newman, and truly enjoyed my time in the department. I decided to pursue medicine while a second year. It wasn't until the beginning of fourth year in medical school that I settled on Orthopaedic Surgery. Once in residency, it did not take long to focus in on Hand Surgery as a subspecialty. Formalized in World War II, Hand Surgery developed as a distinct subspecialty because of the mixture of orthopedics, plastics, general surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, microsurgery, and even psychiatry involved. A hand surgeon is responsible for the musculoskeletal system, soft tissue, vascular system, and peripheral nerves. The idea of being fully responsible for one part of the body and providing complete care was my reason for choosing Hand Surgery. In this talk, I will share my journey in becoming a hand surgeon. I will show my day to day life and show common as well as interesting cases in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.