What does it take to be a great surgeon?
“That’s the hardest question I’ve had to answer all day,” jokes Aaron M. Burgess, M.D., Orlando Orthopaedic Center’s newest surgeon. When asked about anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee – his specialty areas – Dr. Burgess delivers lightning quick, accurate responses. But here, he pauses.
“I think being a great surgeon involves so many things. To be ‘good’ you have to be knowledgeable, confident, precise; but, to be great, you have to have empathy. You have to put yourself in the shoes of your patients to understand their issues and what recovery means for them as an individual. When you combine that with the skill and compassion to take them to where they need to be, that’s what makes you great, ” he says with a smile. “You have to always want to learn, always want to get better and always want to connect with the person who is trusting you to ‘fix’ them.”
In that moment, it becomes abundantly clear why Dr. Burgess recently became the 21st physician at Orlando Orthopaedic Center: he shares the same desire to help patients and continue learning as the rest of the staff.
“I am very honored to join the Orlando Orthopaedic Center family,” he says. “As I pursued my interest in sports medicine and joint replacement surgery, I always wanted to join a comprehensive, family-centered practice like Orlando Orthopaedic Center. I look forward to becoming a staple in the community, the office and beyond.”
Fellowship trained in sports medicine and specializing in knee, elbow and shoulder surgery, Dr. Burgess is now accepting new patients out of the practice’s SoDo (downtown), Sand Lake and Lake Nona locations.
Born and raised in Charleston, WV, Dr. Burgess attended Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a special focus in Exercise Physiology. He went on to graduate from West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he was president of his medical school class.
He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Orlando Health and decided to pursue additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During his fellowship, Dr. Burgess was an assistant team physician for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, the United Soccer League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Robert Morris University’s basketball and hockey teams, as well as several local high school football teams. Additionally, Dr. Burgess was a team physician for the United States Men’s rugby team, providing care for the athletes during their 2015 South American Tour.
Dr. Burgess is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
For more than 40 years, the team of physicians and support staff at Orlando Orthopaedic Center have been getting Central Floridians back to work, back to play and back to making a difference in the community.
Since 1972, Orlando Orthopaedic Center has grown to include 21 physicians across multiple orthopaedic subspecialties, many of whom are recognized leaders amongst their peers nationwide. Orlando Orthopaedic Center has six locations throughout Central Florida plus a state-of the-art outpatient surgery center at the heart of its downtown campus located in the SoDo Shopping District.