Science, Orthopedics, and Giving Back


Our very own Dr. Ed Atwell, board certified orthopedic surgeon, spent some time at the Tellus Science Museum talking to guests and students about the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. He shared a little about his inspiration for pursuing a career in medicine and encouraged everyone with some important life advice!


How did you decide to go into the medical field?

I actually decided to pursue a career in medicine while still in the Navy. I entered the Navy while still in high school during Vietnam. Funny thing; I was out at sea and one night it hit me that I was destined to go into medicine. I can’t think of any reason, but it was as if divine intervention said, ‘this is what you will do.’ It is absolutely the best message I have ever received!

What are some highlights in your career?

There are so many that they are difficult to choose. I think some are the patients that I took care of as children now bring their children to me. Some come from my mission work; I have a non-profit organization, Medical Outreach of America, that delivers free medical care to people in impoverished circumstances.

What’s your advice to students?

  • Always be sweet and kind; your reputation is one of the few things that will live on after you’re gone. Leave a good impression.
  • Learn something new EVERY DAY!
  • Love and cherish you family.
  • Worship God and give thanks for all of your blessings you receive each and every day.