One of the defining moments in Dr. Scott Steinmann’s career was being recruited to chair the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Chattanooga, a move that also led to his medical practice at Erlanger Orthopaedic Institute. He brought with him over two decades of experience in the orthopedic department of the Mayo Clinic. “My practice at the Mayo Clinic introduced me to many complex shoulder and elbow problems early in my career, and I was able to gain experience that would have been hard to gain elsewhere,” he describes. Dr. Steinmann has performed several thousand shoulder replacements and rotator cuff repairs over the course of his career, and he’s thankful to be working alongside other experts at the Institute. “All of our surgeons subspecialize and provide great care for our patients,” he says.
“A happy patient means more to me than anything else. Nothing compares to a patient with a great outcome.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
The ability to see and help patients of all ages, and to allow them to regain the function of their elbow and shoulder again.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Most aches and pains do not need surgery. In fact, I treat many more patients without surgery to solve their problem.
3. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Many of the surgical procedures that I do are moving to an outpatient experience – I’m even doing shoulder replacements as outpatient in appropriate patients.
4. What accolades mean the most to you?
A happy patient. Although I have published many research articles on my patient outcomes at the Mayo Clinic and been invited as a guest professor internationally to other universities, nothing compares to a patient with a great outcome.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
Listen. Patients should not be rushed or interrupted. Careful listening can also lead you to the diagnosis.
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