Benjamin J. Schwartz, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee including total joint replacement and revision. Dr. Schwartz attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he was one of a select group of incoming freshman designated as a James Monroe Scholar. While in college, Dr. Schwartz participated in scientific research investigating genes involved in the development of the vascular system. After graduating with high honors from William and Mary, Dr. Schwartz attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, graduating in the top 10% of his class. Dr. Schwartz obtained his certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as both the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and International Congress of Joint Replacement, two specialty societies focused on the treatment of hip and knee problems.
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While Dr. Schwartz is specially trained to treat complex surgical problems of the hip and knee, the main goal of his practice is to develop a close relationship with his patients and provide clear and concise understanding of the patient’s problem and spectrum of treatment options both surgical and non-surgical. His practice philosophy leans heavily on the idea that successful treatment is dependent on a strong doctor-patient relationship and the ability of the patient to be an active participant in their care.
Dr. Schwartz’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: Seek out leadership positions early on in your career and really get involved
Number 2: Learn about the business of medicine
Number 3: Focus on EQ (emotional quotient or emotional intelligence). I think just about everybody that gets into medicine has a relatively high IQ, but beyond that, learning how to interact with and communicate with patients and the staff around you is a very valuable skill to have.
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Notable quotes from Dr. Schwartz’s interview:
My dad’s only advice when I told him I wanted to go to medical school was, “Don’t be a jerk.”
And I think for introverts, it’s a little bit more of an “over time” kind of thing, showing what you know, showing what your abilities are, rather than an “in the moment” thing.
Orthopedics sort of has a reputation of being the dumb jocks of the hospital..
As anybody who’s been married knows, “happy wife, happy life.”
We’re a decent sized private practice, … doing hip and knee replacements and in general, arthritis is becoming more and more prevalent as the baby boomer population ages so we’re not going to be hurting for business that’s for sure.
The doctoring part of being a doctor is just the diagnostician in you. It’s not just the surgical skills, but it’s also the ability to take care of patients, interact with patients, and interact with the people that are around you.