Professor Kevin Shea is an orthopaedic surgeon and academic at Stanford University Medical Center (California, USA) and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. He is well known as a founding member of PRiSM, ROCK and SCORE. He is in the presidential line at POSNA.

In this engaging episode, Prof Shea and I cover a lot of ground including:

Prof Shea's orthopaedic journey and life lessons: 01:20

  • Work ethic and the value of hard consistent work
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • UCLA and the Soviet Union
  • Fellowships including Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego, USA), Bern (Switzerland) with Dr Ganz (Switzerland), Dr Fernandez (Trauma) and Dr Staubli (Sports), Lecco (Italy) for Ilizarov training, South America for the AOSSM Traveling Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Private Practice in Boise and being head hunted to become Professor of Orthopaedics at Stanford University
  • "Deep Work"
  • Planning early / mid / late career
  • Value = Quality / Cost, what is the role of orthopaedic surgeons in this equation?
  • The need to balance work and personal life

Paediatric Sports Injuries (42.00)

  • How as the world of paediatric sports injuries changed during your career?
  • Is there an increasing incidence and have the nature of the injuries changed?
  • Have our interventions evolved?
  • What is the role of injury prevision programs?
  • What do you think will be the next big advance in the field?

Paediatric Knees (53:00)

  • How did you go about setting up a cadaveric lab?
  • Did you find anything surprising in your dissections?
  • How has your deep understanding of anatomy influenced your clinical and operative techniques?

Research groups - PRiSM, ROCK and SCORE (64:15)

  • Why establish these groups? What is the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to advancing research?
  • What impact have these groups had so far?

Orthopaedic Education - What are your top tips for medical students, residents and newly qualified surgeons? (69.30)

  • The importance of good cultures and teams

Final thoughts and advice (72.00)