On Aug. 24, Dr. Tom Hackett emerged from the water onto the French coast, triumphant after a nearly 13-hour and 34-mile crossing of the English Channel. His attempt included 6-foot swells, regular bouts of vomiting and nausea, two tangles with jellyfish and 62-degree water with no wetsuit. Despite the obstacles his success was buoyed by a belief that his energy was best spent on positive focus.
"It takes more energy to think negative than positive - we are capable of tremendous feats if we set our minds to it," Hackett said.
Hackett will talk about the experience at Walking Mountains Science School in Avon on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. He will be introduced by eight-time Xterra U.S. national champion Josiah Middaugh.
Hackett is an orthopaedic surgeon whose practice focuses on the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee disorders.
Hackett was recently named Physician of the Year by the Vail Valley Medical Center. He is the team physician for the U.S. Snowboard team and an assistant physician to the Colorado Rockie, as well as medical director for the American Mountain Guides Association.
Hackett is a former collegiate athlete who received a degree in anthropology from The Colorado College and has worked both locally and internationally as an archaeologist, mountaineer, guide and ski patrolman.
After developing extensive hands-on experience in wilderness medicine and rescue, he went on to formally study medicine, initially at the University of Wyoming and later at Creighton University, where he received a medical degree.
Hackett went on to complete a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston's New England Medical Center at Tufts University. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he served as an assistant team physician to the L.A. Lakers, Sparks, Dodgers, Kings, Ducks and Galaxy professional sports teams. Hackett was recently named one of the most handsome doctors in America by the NBC daytime talk show "The Doctors."