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Full name: Jeffrey Van Gelderen
Hometown: Holmdel, NJ
Specialty: Orthopedic Sports Surgery
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I think I knew I wanted to be a doctor when my friend and I were watching a delivery during our volunteer experience at a local community hospital. My mother is a labor and delivery nurse anesthetist, and she talked to one of the obstetricians about my friend and I observing a baby being delivered. As the baby was being delivered, my friend's face turned ghost white, and he hit the floor. I don't think I even flinched; I was completely into the moment and knew I wanted to explore this career possibility further.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
Being fresh out of training, I know the most current surgical techniques and am well versed in the most recent literature. I think my patients would say I am always willing to spend extra time with them in the office or over the phone; my bedside manner and availability definitely set me apart.
What are your 5 tips for living longer?
From an orthopedist's perspective:
1. Don't self diagnose after an injury; many knee "sprains" or subtle fractures often require bracing and/or surgical reconstruction.
2. Attempt to wean off narcotic pain medication as soon as possible; they are extremely addictive and an increasingly large problem in society.
3. Avoid aggressive plyometric exercises; they can lead to severe tendinitis in the unconditioned athlete.
4. A healthy sex life even at advanced age can help maintain.