HSS Alumni

Alumni Leadership Spotlight Archive

 

Spotlight

Mathias P. Bostrom, MD

HSS Alumni Association President
Resident 1994, Fellow 1995

When did you decide to pursue orthopaedics?

I always thought I would go into cardiology. During the third year at Johns Hopkins, I was able to assist in an ankle replacement and it changed everything. I liked working with my hands and in that moment I knew I wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon.

What do you love most about HSS?

HSS has a critical mass of people at the top of their game.

What are your goals as the new Alumni President?

I want to continue the alumni outreach and work to enhance the network of our alumni. I hope to use eAcademy as a tool to accomplish this goal.

What is your favorite memory of your HSS?

I can’t pinpoint one specific example, but I would have to say my entire experience as a resident was amazing. I pushed myself beyond my limits and created unbreakable bonds with my colleagues.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love sailing and spending time with my family.

 

Spotlight

George A C Murrell, MD, PhD

Fellow 1995, International Ambassador

How does it feel to be honored by HSS as the recipient of the Pier Giorgio Marchetti, MD Award?

It is a fantastic honour.  Tears sprang to my eyes when Tom Wickiewicz told me he had nominated me and again when I was notified of the award.

When did you decide to pursue orthopaedics?

I decided to pursue orthopaedics when I was a medical student.  I did a lot of track and field at a reasonably high level and I often got injured and I was frustrated by the lack of understanding of the injuries I received and how to manage them. I did an elective at Duke University in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and in Canada in non-operative Sports Medicine and decided that the operative side was much more interesting and had much greater potential.

What do you love most about HSS?

HSS for me was one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences I have ever had.  I was particularly impressed with the quality of the individuals who worked there. I loved and continue to enjoy working with them all. I am forever grateful for the experience I had and in particular, for the support and mentorship and guidance that Russ Warren provided for me.

What is your favorite memory of your HSS?

I remember the golf and tennis days at the start of the year at the Rockefeller Estate. I just thought this was such a fabulous place and a great opportunity for staff and residents to interact.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am still enjoying exercising at least three times a week. I love spending time with my kids and following their athletic careers. Two of them are reasonably competent at the pole vault. My wife, Dedee, and I also enjoy renovating old houses and collecting antiques.

 

Spotlight

Bruce Reider, MD

Fellow 1977, Resident 1980

How does it feel to be honored by HSS as a Distinguished Alumnus?

I feel overwhelmed by this honor. There are so many amazing orthopaedic surgeons affiliated with HSS that it was an honor just to be recognized, let alone receiving this award.

When did you decide to pursue orthopaedics?

I decided when I was in my junior year of college. I was in the college infirmary with a minor injury and saw one of my friends there. He was on the varsity soccer team and after his knee surgery found out that he could not play again. At that moment, I decided to pursue orthopaedics and specifically sports medicine so I could help people like my friend.

What do you love most about HSS?

HSS is characterized by its high standard of excellence. Everyone takes great pride in their association with HSS.

What is your favorite memory of your HSS?

I have several favorite memories. Socially, I loved going up to the Caspary Estate during my residency. Professionally, I was mentored by Dr. John Marshall. It was his first year with the NY Giants and I remember riding out to the stadium in an ambulance and standing on the sideline with Dr. Marshall assisting the athletes. I have been a Giants fan ever since. I also distinctly remember Dr. Russell Warren’s first shoulder arthroscopy and also conducting multiple knee surgeries under the supervision of Dr. Marshall.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I am still involved in athletics at the University of Chicago. I attend their sport events and the athletes have become my extended family. I also like to go for walks with my wife and my dog along with attending the opera and traveling as the editor and chief of Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.