Teeny Tiny Talks: Dr. Tehrany joined host Donna Rudolph to share his path to becoming one of the top orthopedic surgeons

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As a highly esteemed orthopedic specialist, Dr. Armin Tehrany is a frequent guest of podcasts and talks to share his experience and expertise. 

Recently, he was a guest at the bi-weekly segment “Teeny Tiny Talks“, a podcast featured on Teeny Tiny Treatments. He joined host Donna Rudolph, founder of Teeny Tiny Treatments. He shared his adventures to becoming one of the top New York orthopedic surgeons.

 
During the conversation, Dr. Tehrany highlighted many of his learnings he achieved throughout his career as a shoulder and knee surgeon. 

The conversation began with Dr. Tehrany’s story on how he decided to pursue a career in the field of orthopedic, specializing in knee and shoulder.

“One of my professors made me do a shoulder anatomy dissection, and the shoulder is one of the most complicated joints in the whole body. There are so many degrees of freedom, and I really like that challenge. People of all ages get a shoulder problem whether they’re sports athletes, high level, or just everyday people. It would allow me to take care of patients between the ages of 5 and 95,” explained Dr. Tehrany.

Furthermore, Dr. Tehrany proudly attributed his skills to the educational opportunities he had very early in his career. Dr. Tehrany earned an apprenticeship to the foremost arthroscopic pioneer, Dr. Stephen Burkhart, the designer and creator of many of the arthroscopic techniques and instruments used today.

“While I was doing the shoulders in residency, I wanted to look for a shoulder fellowship. I was lucky enough to be picked by the foremost pioneer in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder,” Dr. Tehrany said.

“What is great is that this pioneer, Stephen Buckhart, designed a lot of the techniques in how to do the surgery instead of opening the shoulder, and I said: this is what I want to learn. After a year with him doing essentially an apprenticeship, that gave me tremendous confidence,” added Dr. Tehrany.

In the conversation, Dr. Tehrany explained that all the knowledge and experience he amassed in his career has made him even more humble. As he said in the video, he understands that there is always something new to learn when it comes to the human body.

“We know the knee fairly well – we still are learning more about the shoulder. It’s important to be humble in everything in life, especially as an expert in the human body,” he explained.

On the question, if there is a spiritual element to what he is doing, Dr. Tehrany gladly explained that “there is no doubt about it“.

“Over the last few years, I’ve also become a part-time therapist. I know that it’s important to gain and earn trust. Maybe the problem is not coming from the shoulder, but in some people, their stresses could sometimes exacerbate the shoulder condition that they already have.

If I can help both the mechanical shoulder problem and help them with the other issues that they have involving that, not only do I help their shoulder better, but I help their mind and their heart better. Spirituality is very, very important to me, and it’s important to respect the spiritualistic attitude of each patient, which is different in each patient,” said Dr. Tehrany.

Additionally, Dr. Tehrany shared insight into how he first began his medical journey. He cited his father as a mentor and source of inspiration for the selection of his career path. However, he shared that it was essential for him to prioritize family over career.

“I felt as though my father was so busy taking care of his practice and his family, I wish there was more time for just me,” Dr. Tehrany admitted.

This sentiment led Dr. Tehrany to channel his energy into building his elective shoulder and knee practice. This significant decision has allowed him to spend more time with his family and create time for everything he finds sacred.

In the video, Dr. Tehrany reveals more details about his life and career. Watch the video to get to know Dr. Tehrany a little better.