Q&A Interview with Dr. Jared White
In this Question-and-Answer Interview we get to know Dr. Jared White.Dr. White is one of the founders of Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopedics and a board-certified, sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in knee and shoulder surgery. As a specialized sports medicine trained orthopedic surgeon and a prior emergency medicine physician assistant, Dr. White’s extensive background enables a broad depth of expertise within both general orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. White can you tell us a little more?
Q: Why did you choose to become an orthopaedic surgeon?
I grew in a log cabin in very small town in upstate New York on my great grandfather’s farm. Both of my parents were teachers, and my father was my childhood soccer coach. They always pushed me to strive for both academic and athletic excellence. The strong work ethic I learned from working ‘on the farm’ helped me to obtain my Physician Assistant (PA) degree while competing at the collegiate level soccer at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
My passion for soccer and time spent working in the Emergency Room as a PA grew my desire to focus on orthopedics and sports medicine, with the hopes of incorporating my personal experiences as an athlete and clinician.
Q: How is orthopaedics different from sports medicine?
Sports Medicine is a distinct field within the broader spectrum of Orthopaedics. Orthopedics focuses more generally on the entire musculoskeletal system and encompasses many subspecialties such as joint replacement, oncology, spine injuries, and pediatrics, to name a few. The Sports Medicine field focuses solely on injuries sustained by both young and old patients while participating in activities that they enjoy.
Q: What is the most personally satisfying aspect of your work?
Restoring function! As a physician assistant, osteopathic physician, and orthopedic surgeon, I respect the tenet of seeking to restore the body’s ability to self-heal. It’s a simple idea but the task is quite daunting. It takes a personal relationship and trust between the patient and myself, but also a comprehensive team (athletic trainers, physical therapist, practitioners, etc.) who need to work together to achieve the best overall outcome. The ability to facilitate a patient’s return to their baseline activity using this team approach, whether it involves surgery or not, is what I find most rewarding.
Q: What sets Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics apart from other groups?
I think there are several important factors that set COSMO apart. Having both been previously employed by a large corporate entity, Dr. Logan and I co-founded COSMO to break away from the typical corporate minded ‘income over outcome’ bureaucracy of medicine. We understand first-hand the importance of treating each patient as an individual, each with their own unique symptoms, goals, and concerns, in which careful communication and attention to detail are essential. We want every patient to feel engaged as the most integral component of the COSMO team, as we work together to restore or improve upon their function.
Also, Dr. Logan and I have very distinct fellowship training at two of the world’s most renowned sports medicine training facilities, which allows us to combine our different but complementary comprehensive subspecialty surgical training to optimize patient outcomes. We have also compiled comprehensive protocols and are connected with a network of trusted physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists across Colorado, allowing patients to be treated and recover near their homes, and thereby optimizing their outcomes.
Q: Why did you decide to join a practice in Denver, Colorado?
I moved here from the Midwest in 2015 with my wife and our then infant daughter. My wife was completing her Pediatric Radiology fellowship at University Children’s Hospital. We were both initially drawn to the Colorado lifestyle and the accessibility of the great outdoors. But in the end, we were more impressed by the overall kind-hearted nature of the people we encountered here and the relatively health-conscious lifestyle of many. We knew that this would be where we wanted to raise our now 3 daughters and have enjoyed living in the Park Hill community since.