Carlos R. Pelaez, MD
Chief of Ankle and Foot Surgery
Orthopedics and Traumatology Department
San Martín Hospital
La Plata - Buenos Aires
Why did you join AAOS?
I joined AAOS because it is the entity that scientifically and socially unites us with the orthopedic surgeons of the world. It links us to those of us who live different realities in the practice of our profession, allowing our activity to be constantly enriched.
How do you define success?
I believe success is, among other things, meeting expectations. In our environment, expectations are often shared by the patient and us, in whom they placed theirs. And that success at a professional level helps to achieve it in our lives in general.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Although my professional inspiration is based on the teachings of my mentors in Orthopedic Surgery, I must acknowledge the inspiration that my parents have always given me, who have constantly shown me the benefits of effort, dedication and commitment.
How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The AAOS has helped me tremendously in my professional development. It has enabled me to interact with leaders of our specialty, as well as listen to their experiences, enriching my daily activity.
What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
They would tell young people to study, train, make an effort, and they will succeed. My boss always reminded us of the title of an inspiring book: "Read a lot and you will be like few, read little and you will be like many." After many years, I suggest the same to my Residents. Without effort, it will be difficult to achieve success.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
Regardless of my professional activity, my friends enjoy my sarcastic humor, my irony, thanks to which we have a very good time.