Curtis Rodin, MD

Specialty: Hip, knee and shoulder surgery

Expertise: Sports and running injuries

Education and Certifications:

  • M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Internship and residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Distinctions: Volunteer service, Orthopedics Overseas, Bhutan, 2002

In his own words:

While orthopedic surgery has become a highly specialized and technical field of medicine, I still believe that the best and most important care occurs on a personal level. I work with my patients in partnership toward selecting treatment and lifestyle choices aimed at optimizing health and function.

 

In the complex field of orthopedic surgery, sometimes the best learning opportunities present themselves when least expected.  After five years of training in one of the most prestigious orthopedic residencies in the country, followed by ten years of experience in private practice, Dr. Curtis Rodin learned how much you can do with so little, when he and his family traveled to Bhutan and worked with Orthopedics Overseas in 2002.

"The hospital and clinic were pretty primitive," says Dr. Rodin.  "They were probably equal to the standards of the 1930's or 40's here, with limited medications and equipment. Because of extremely limited resources, it forced me to think about what I was doing in an entirely different way."

The experience required extra creativity and mental flexibility, he says.  "It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have had as a surgeon, and probably also the most humbling."

Dr. Rodin credits this experience with helping him to be a better physician to his stateside patients.  "Flexible thinking and experience deepen the knowledge gained from formal training, allowing care based on an individual's unique situation rather than as a textbook case."

For him, one appealing aspect of orthopedic surgery is a constant evolution in new tools and techniques.  However, he notes, "A good surgeon must stay on top of these changes and be able to discern whether they are truly helpful or not.

"When I began medical school, we never imagined the things we can now do with an arthroscope or minimally-invasive surgery, for example.  What we do is constantly changing and technology plays a large role in improving safety and success of our treatment."

Dr. Rodin strives not to just treat patients in the short term but to help them plan better, healthier lives in the long term.

"What I like most about my medical practice is having a patient return to the office and tell me that not only do they feel better, but they are living a fuller life," he says.

"Sometimes that is because of surgery, and sometimes it's because of an important issue we have discussed and decided needed attention and work.  I like my patients to know that I'm interested in being a partner in whatever we are working on."

A graduate of Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Dr. Curtis Rodin completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington. He then accepted a fellowship overseas at the Centre Hospitalier de Versailles in France. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

In addition to his skills as a surgeon, Dr. Rodin is a runner, a musician, and an artist.  In college, he played football and basketball at Pacific Lutheran University, where among other accomplishments and accolades, he was, and probably still is, the only collegiate athlete in the nation to play in both a varsity football and basketball game in the same day.

 

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