Why ​I Chose to Become a Doctor...

For many physicians, taking care of others is their life’s work and the ultimate calling. They spend countless hours in clinic or in surgery, caring for patients. It is typically a highly demanding job that often requires many hours away from their families.


In honor of Doctors’ Day on March 30,

we asked our doctors why they chose the medical field


"I chose to become an orthopedic surgeon to help people with musculoskeletal problems improve function, reduce pain, and hopefully become a better version of themselves.”
-David T. Anderson, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because it represents a great way to impact other people’s lives in a positive manner."
-Todd M. Chapman, Jr. M.D.

"I chose to become a doctor to help people get their life back, living more abundantly."
-David Ciaccia, DO

"I chose to become a doctor because it allowed me to pursue my life goals as a scientist, educator and healer."
-Jeff Daily, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because my dad was a family doctor in the coal mine communities of West Virginia. When I was a kid I used to go with him in his Willys Jeep up into the back woods and "hollars" to make house calls. I thought that was so cool and the patients were so thankful I decided then that is what I wanted to do. I have never for even one day regretted that
decision."

-David DuPuy, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because orthopedics seemed to be the perfect combination of science, working with my hands, and interacting with and helping people. A book nerd with power tools! Yep, that’s me."
-Robert Erdin, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help people with a specific ailment and get them back to an active lifestyle."
-Keith Fehring, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted a challenging job that made a difference."
-Adam Fosnaugh, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I learned from my father that doctors can have a direct and positive impact on people's lives."
-Drew Henderson, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because being able to help people improve their function and quality of life is rewarding."
-Todd Irwin, MD

"As my father is an orthopedic surgeon, I realized first hand that through orthopedic surgery I could make a mark on my community and have immediate positive impact in relieving pain and improving function of patients of all ages."
-Ranjan S. Maitra, MD

"I chose to become a doctor to improve the quality of life of people."
-J. Ryan Martin, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to use the gifts given to me in order to make life better for others."
-John Masonis, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because my father inspired me to do so."
-Robert McBride, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help people."
-Alden Milam, MD

"I chose to become a doctor mostly because my dad was my idol. He was an obstetrician, the most caring and loving man you could ever meet. I wanted to care for people the way he did and be respected and loved the way he was. I have not regretted my choice not even once."
-Jeffrey Mokris, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because it allows me to make a difference."
-Robert Morgan, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help people."
-Dana Piasecki, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to learn all the ways to help others achieve an active, healthy lifestyle."
-Stephan G. Pill, MD, MSPT

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to make lives better."
-Paul Rush, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I enjoy taking care of and serving others."
-Scott Shawen, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help people feel better and stay active."
-Charles “Van” Sikes, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help people."
-Leo Spector, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I realized I could affect people’s life in a positive way."
-Julie Woodside, MD

"I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to make a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible."
-Jon Yoder, MD