This was a fun conversation with Dr Adam Starr, with whom Pete Bates did an orthopaedic trauma fellowship way back when!

Dr Starr is the Hansjörg Wyss Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Trauma at UT Southwestern Medical Center and serves as Medical Director for Orthopaedic Surgery at Parkland Hospital. He specialises in treating trauma, fractures, and post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss:

  • life in Dallas vs life in Norwich
  • we solve the JFK conspiracy (spoilers!)
  • guns and gun safety
  • training fellows and mentoring seniors trainees as they bloom
  • what it's like to invent, design, make and then use a surgical device
  • the differences in making physical devices vs digital apps
  • what it's like to be challenged by the orthopaedic community
  • conflicting surgical practice vs "the norm" and taking on dogma
  • the role of damage-control orthopaedics vs early total care and how to quantify that decision
  • robots, navigation and intra-operative imaging
  • the rising prevalence of fragility fractures
  • the psychological impact of trauma
  • and why you should never touch the image intensifier in Parkland operating theatres!

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