$$ Purushottam Achyut Nagarkar, MD Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Perhaps this is my engineering degree talking, but I believe that surgeons are like specially trained mechanics. And there’s nothing more frustrating than going to your mechanic and not understanding what a “blown head gasket” is or why it needs to be fixed. So, I’m not satisfied until my patients really understand what their diagnosis means, what their options are, and the pros and cons of each option. I hate jargon, and I love simplicity. If I can’t explain something to a ten-year-old, it probably means I don’t understand it well enough.
Hand surgery is a field where my dual loves of engineering and medicine come together. The hand is a beautiful piece of living machinery with hundreds of moving parts—and because we use our hands every day in every single activity, they can really take a beating. My focus in hand surgery is always on function—restoring your ability to use your hands every day without having to think about them. I love helping patients with their hands, because it improves their lives every single day when I do.