, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 117-118
Date: 30 Jul 2010

Giving Back to Your Country, the People, and Your Family

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We are pleased to reproduce Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat’s address to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Class of 2009. This was delivered at the ceremony which honors their induction into the Academy. In this speech, Dr. Ranawat reflects on many of the responsibilities that accompany a career in orthopaedics, and he emphasizes that a truly dedicated surgeon is committed throughout his or her career to service to their community. Many of us might argue that the demanding education and training and the arduous work schedule and daily stress that are inherent to this career are obligations enough. However, Dr. Ranawat, whose career has exemplified the qualities of the master surgeon, argues that more is required from all of us.

I believe that there is vital importance in the preservation of the thoughts and examples of the personal attributes of leaders. Leadership is not an innate characteristic. It must be learned, and the future of our profession will depend in many respects on how ...