Get to know Eagle County doc: Dr. Greg Poulter
VAIL CO, Colorado
Dr. Greg Poulter is a spine specialist with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. He specializes in advanced adult and pediatric spine surgery. He answered a few questions for the Vail Daily
1. Vail Daily: Tell us about what you do.
Dr. Greg Poulter: I specialize in the advanced surgical treatment of the spine. I offer cutting edge techniques that few other surgeons are trained to perform.
2. VD: How/why did you get into your chosen field?
GP: I find the spine fascinating. Back and neck conditions are very common, but with the complexity of the spine, every patient’s problem is unique to them. I enjoy helping my patients tackle their problems with treatment that is customized to them.
3. VD: How are you different from the other orthopaedic surgeons out there?
GP: Before I knew that I had a chance to return to the mountains, I figured that I would be practicing spine surgery at a large university. I sought out the most rigorous and cutting edge training throughout my medical career. As a result, I can offer treatments here that are usually confined to large cities.
4. VD: Tell us a little about your background, education and experience.
GP: I completed my Orthopaedic Surgical Residency and Spine Fellowship at the University of Michigan and the University of California San Francisco. UCSF is one of the largest referral centers for complex spine conditions in the United States. My fellowship in spine surgery allowed me to learn how to manage the most complex problems and surgeries of the spine. I had the opportunity to join Vail Summit Orthopaedics in 2008.
5. VD: What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your patients? What can your patients expect from you?
GP: I try to emphasize the importance of doing what is best for the patient and their spine. I give my patients the same advice I would give to my closest friend or family member. There are many options in treating spinal problems. I feel that it is important for me to be your advocate and educator to help you navigate these choices.
6. VD: What’s the No. 1 thing people should do to be healthy?
GP: Stay thin and fit. Keep your core strong and hips flexible.
7. VD: What are you excited about in the world of medicine right now?
GP: Spine surgery continues to evolve. The advancement of minimally invasive surgery has allowed patients to recover more quickly without compromising safety or success. There is still much work to be done in spine surgery. In the coming year we are starting research in stem cell technologies in our practice in order to contribute to future improvement of surgical outcomes.
Serving one of the most active sports populations in the country since 1979, the doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are among the most experienced physicians in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. Custom treatments plans reflect the best possible outcome for every patient. Visit http://www.vsortho.com for more information.
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