Milton “Chip” Routt, Jr., MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Andrew R. Burgess Chair in Orthopedic Surgery Trauma
The strength of a unified and focused team was once again taught to me almost every minute of every day.
The Surgeons Council rallied immediately and mapped a logical and functional pathway that would fit the Texas Medical Board’s mandates while preserving our critical surgical missions. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, infectious disease, OR nurses and staff, and administrative representatives learned to communicate clearly (and sometimes almost constantly) to optimize surgical patient care. These decisions included scheduling, staffing, testing, treatment protocols, and on and on.
I learned the incredible value of leaders like Drs. Colasurdo, Lowe, Katz, Patel, Lally, Tandon, Citardi, Ostrosky and also Greg Haralson, Justin Kendrick, Etta Hawkins-Hodge, Sharlet McGowen, and numerous others.
I learned the devotion of the orthopedic residents and staff to patient care and each other.
And the most important lesson learned was observing how everyone worked so hard to protect each other by doing the difficult and necessary work that was far above and beyond their routine job descriptions. It was, and still is, a beautiful thing to see every day.