Brian C. Halpern, MD – Primary Care Sports Medicine | BuildingNY:NYStories


♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪ ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY. MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE. THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE, BIG EFFECT. WEILL MEDICAL CENTER, FAMILY MEDICINE, SPORTS MEDICINE, FIRST SPORTS MEDICINE, HOSPITAL FOR JOINT DISEASE, PSP, STEM CELL. I HAVE Dr. BRIAN HALPERN HERE TODAY. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>PLEASURE.>>WE HAVE A PICTURE OF YOUR MOTHER’S FATHER. TELL ME ABOUT HIM AND WHEN THEY CAME TO AMERICA.>>SO MY GRANDFATHER WAS AN ATTORNEY IN JERSEY CITY. HE AND MY GRANDMOTHER ON MY MOTHER’S SIDE, BOTH WERE BORN HERE. THEIR PARENTS CAME FROM UKRAINE AREA. MY GRANDFATHER WAS BASIC DO EVERYTHING KIND OF AN ATTORNEY, IN JERSEY CITY. HE’D GO DOWN TO THE RUSSIAN BATHHOUSE, GET HIS HOT STEAM, SMOKED A CIGAR NONSTOP. HE WAS A — GUY BUT A GREAT GUY. MY GRANDMOTHER AMAZINGLY BACK THEN WORKED IN NEW YORK CITY AS A SECRETARY FOR A SEED COMPANY.>>RIGHT. WHEN YOU TOLD ME, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT A SEED COMPANY WAS.>>THEY SOLD SEEDS. REMEMBER THE OLD TIMES WHEN YOU USED TO GET THE BAG OF SEEDS?>>THE SMALL BAG THAT YOU WOULD PLANT LITTLE –>>YEAH. SHE WAS A SECRETARY FOR THAT COMPANY WHEN WOMEN WEREN’T REALLY WORKING.>>SO YOUR MOTHER GREW UP IN JERSEY CITY. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FATHER’S SIDE.>>SO MY FATHER’S SIDE, MY FATHER’S DAD WAS BORN OUTSIDE OF ODESSA. HE CAME OVER WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER BY HIMSELF, ENDED UP SELLING POTATOES IN A CART DOWN ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT TOO WELL. THEN HE WORKED, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO WORK ON SEWING MACHINES AND TRIED TO GET THAT GOING. THAT WAS OK UNTIL HE GOT SICK AND HE MOVED UP TO MONTICELLO. THINKING THE AIR WAS BETTER IN MONTICELLO. HE TRIED TO START A FARM. THAT DIDN’T WORK. AND HE TRIED TO RAISE ANIMALS. THAT DIDN’T WORK.>>THIS IS YOUR GRANDFATHER.>>YEAH. HE SAID WELL I DID PRETTY WELL WITH THE SEWING MACHINE. I HAVE THE BARN ALREADY, LET ME HIRE LOCALS AND WE’LL SEW ALL THIS STUFF IN THE BARN. THAT TOOK OFF, THEN HE MOVED AND OPENED UP A TIE FACTORY. MY FATHER WAS BORN IN MONTICELLO AND HE MADE THE MOVE WHEN MY GRANDFATHER DID.>>OK. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAD WHO BECAME A PHYSICIAN.>>SO, MY DAD GREW UP IN PERTH AMBOY, ENDED UP GOING TO RUTGERS UNDERGRAD, AND WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL, DECIDED HE WANTED TO GO INTO OB-GYN. AT THAT TIME IT WAS HARD TO START A RESIDENCY SO HE DID A ROTATING INTERNSHIP IN WALTER REED HOSPITAL. THEN HE WAS IN THE AIR FORCE FOR A FEW YEARS. ULTIMATELY HE WENT TO BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, DID HIS OB-GYN TRAINING AND ENDED UP IN LAKEWOOD.>>HOW WAS IT LAKEWOOD? ANY STORY OF THAT HAPPENING? MONTICELLO I CAN UNDERSTAND. BOTH AREAS HAD THESE HOTELS AT ONE TIME.>>RIGHT. SO LAKEWOOD HAD LOWER ON THE PINE. THAT WAS STILL THERE AT THAT TIME. THAT WAS A BIG RESORT. HADN’T BURNED DOWN YET. HE WAS LOOKING FOR A COMMUNITY HE WANTED TO LIVE IN. HE FOUND A DOCTOR, MICHAEL GOLD WHO WAS PRACTICING THERE. HE SAID I WANT TO PRACTICE WITH YOU. THEY STARTED THIS BIG PRACTICE.>>TELL ME — YOU TOLD ME IT’S A VERY INTERESTING HOW YOUR MOTHER MET YOUR FATHER.>>SHE GREW UP IN JERSEY CITY. MY MOTHER WAS SUPPOSED TO GO ON A BLIND DATE WITH MY DAD’S BEST FRIEND AND HE COULDN’T MAKE AND HE ASKED MY DAD TO FILL. THE BLIND DATE ENDED UP BEING MY DAD AND A MOM.>>YOUR MOTHER WAS A VERY INTERESTING WOMAN. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MOTHER’S CAREER.>>MY MOTHER WAS A FORCE OF NATURE. SHE WAS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON, INCREDIBLY GIVING, BUT WENT THROUGH A LOT OF HARDSHIP. WHEN SHE GREW UP IN JERSEY CITY, SHE WAS A GREAT ATHLETE. SHE WAS BEING — THEY WANTED HER TO BE ON THE JUNIOR OLYMPIC SWIMMING TEAM. AT THE AGE OF 11 SHE ENDED UP DEVELOPING A SPINAL CORD TUMOR WHICH THEY DRAINED AT THAT TIME SO SHE WAS LEFT WITH A LITTLE BIT OF DISABILITY, LITTLE BIT OF LEG WEAKNESS, SO HER OLYMPIC CAREER WAS FINISHED. SHE WAS A SMART LADY. SHE ENDED UP BEING THE HEAD CAPTAIN OF THE FENCING TEAM, AT LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL IN JERSEY CITY, AND THEN SHE WENT TO LAW SCHOOL.>>SHE WENT TO DOUGLASS FIRST –>>YEAH, LINCOLN, DOUGLASS, AND RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL. WHERE SHE WAS THE ONLY WOMAN IN HER CLASS. SHE GRADUATED NUMBER ONE IN HER CLASS. AND McCARTER IN ENGLISH OFFERED HER A JOB. THAT IS THE FIRST FEMALE THEY HAD EVER TAKEN. THAT WAS A BIG FIRM IN NEWARK.>>THEY WERE THE LEADING FIRM NEWARK. FOR THEM TO BRING A FEMALE WAS INTERESTING –>>IT WAS A BIG DEAL. SHE WAS TOTALLY GRATEFUL, LEARNED A TON. A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER THAT SHE GOT PREGNANT WITH ME. MY DAD WAS GRADUATING FROM SCHOOL AND SHE TOLD McCARTER, I HAVE TO LEAVE AND THEY WEREN’T HAPPY WITH THAT. WHEN THEY MOVED AROUND AND ENDED UP IN LAKEWOOD MY MOTHER WENT BACK TO WORK AS AN ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR, WHICH WAS THE FIRST FEMALE ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR IN OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY WHERE LAKEWOOD IS. THEN SHE WENT ON TO BECOME A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN LAKEWOOD COUNTY, THE FIRST FEMALE TO DO THAT. ALL OVER THIS TIME PERIOD SHE BECAME MORE AND MORE DISABLED BECAUSE HER TUMOR RECURRED. SHE HAD ANOTHER OPERATION. SHE BECAME PARAPLEGIC. SHE WAS IN A SCOOTER. SHE WAS IN PAIN ALL THE TIME. SHE HAD MULTIPLE MEDICAL ISSUES, BUT SHE WOULD JUST PUT THEM ASIDE AND CONTINUE TO DO HER JOB AND CONTINUE TO BE POSITIVE, CONTINUE TO MAKE AN IMPACT. BUT IF YOU WERE IN MY MOTHER’S COURTROOM, YOU KNEW SHE WAS THERE.>>TELL ME ABOUT DAD’S PRACTICE. YOU SAID HE WORKED FOR — GOLD.>>YEAH, MICHAEL GOLD. THEN MICHAEL LEFT. THEY SPLIT UP AND MY DAD ESTABLISHED A BIG PRACTICE ABOUT SEVEN OB-GYN DOCS. IT WAS GREAT. HE BECAME ESSENTIALLY THE FOUNDER OF THE GROUP. THEN HE REALLY WANTED TO LEARN MORE, SO HE SPECIALIZED IN GYNECOLOGICAL UROLOGY. AT TIME TIME, THAT WAS A NEW SPECIALTY. LEARNED FROM THE WOMEN’S SIDE. HE WAS AN UNBELIEVABLE OBSTETRICIAN. HE COULD DELIVER BABIES UPSIDE DOWN, FORCEPS, ANY ISSUES, ANY PROBLEMS THEY WOULD CALL MY DAD. OF COURSE NOT MANY LEFT THE HOUSE AT 2:00 OR 4:00 IN THE MORNING SO YOU RARELY SAW HIM BECAUSE HE WAS BUSY DOING EVERYTHING.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT GROWING UP IN LAKEWOOD.>>YEAH, SO WHEN I GREW UP IN LAKEWOOD, IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING COMMUNITY. IT WAS DIVERSE. RACIALLY DIVERSE. VERY SAFE, GREAT CHILDHOOD.>>BUT YOU HAD NO DESIRE TO BE EITHER A LAWYER OR A PHYSICIAN, RIGHT?>>NO, I WAS JUST TRYING OUT HOW TO BE A KID. THEN I WENT TO PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, WENT TO LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.>>YOU SAID TO ME YOU CUT LAWNS AND YOU CLEANED WINDOWS.>>THAT’S WHAT I DID FOR MY SUMMER JOBS, EXACTLY. MAKE SOME MONEY AND IN THE WINTER I SHOVELED SNOW. I SHOVELED DRIVEWAYS, AND TRIED TO MAKE SOME EXTRA –>>HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON MIDDLEBURY.>>I WAS IN THE TOP TEN IN MY CLASS WE HAD LIKE A THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE — A LOT OF PEOPLE. APPLIED TO ALL THESE SCHOOLS. LO AND BEHOLD REJECTED, REJECTED REJECTED, REJECTED. I DIDN’T GET ANYWHERE! SO I WENT ON NEXT ROUND OF LOOKING AT SCHOOLS AND SKIDMORE OFFERED ME A POSITION IMMEDIATELY. THAT WAS GREAT. THAT WAS THE FIRST YEAR THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE GUYS. FIRST YEAR THEY WERE GOING TO BE CO-ED. DO I GO TO SKIDMORE AND BE THE FIRST CLASS OF MALES OR FORTUNATELY MIDDLEBURY ACCEPTED ME OFF THE WAITING LIST. DO I GO TO MIDDLEBURRY?>>YOU HAD TWO GOOD — SCHOOLS.>>YES.>>WHEN YOU STARTED MIDDLEBURY WHAT WERE YOU PLANNING TO DO?>>I HAD NO IDEA.>>TALK TO ME ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE BECAUSE THAT’S REALLY MADE THE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE.>>SO I’M GOING TO MIDDLEBURY. I’M REALLY ENJOYING MY FRESHMAN SOPHOMORE YEAR MORE SO THAN PROBABLY I SHOULD. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN STUDYING HARDER. I DECIDED TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE AMBULANCE IN MIDDLEBURY BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO. I WAS A BIOLOGY MAJOR IN CASE I WAS INTERESTED IN THAT BECAUSE I WAS BETTER AT. WE GOT ONE CALL ON THE AMBULANCE ONE MORNING AND WE DROVE — IT WAS 6:00 A.M.. IT WAS 5:30. WE DROVE TO A GAS STATION. IT WAS SOMEONE WITH A CARDIAC ARREST. I DID CPR ON THIS GENTLEMAN AND HE DID NOT LIVE. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD REALLY EXPERIENCED DEATH IN THAT KIND OF FASHION. I WAS TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY. I WAS DEVASTATED. SO WHEN I GOT BACK TO THE CAMPUS — I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. SO I SAT UNDER THIS TREE TRYING TO ABSORB WHAT HAD HAPPENED. IT TURNED OUT BEING A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE, BEAUTIFUL DAY, AND I BASICALLY SAID, OK. GOD, OBVIOUSLY YOU MADE THIS A GREAT DAY AND I CAN COEXIST IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. NOW I’M GOING TO BE A DOCTOR.>>THEN YOU GET TO MEDICAL SCHOOL.>>I GET TO MEDICAL SCHOOL. I ENDED UP GRADUATING FROM CORNELL, WHICH IS GREAT.>>RIGHT, WHICH NOW GIVES YOU NEW YORK CITY.>>YEAH.>>WHICH I LOVE BEING IN. IN MEDICAL SCHOOL ONCE AGAIN, I KIND OF DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO IN MEDICINE. I LOVED MEDICINE. I LOVED TAKING CARE OF EVERYBODY BUT I WASN’T — I DID GREAT IN SURGERY. I HAD HONORS IN SURGERY, THEY WANTED ME TO BE A SURGEON BUT I DIDN’T SEE MYSELF AS A SURGEON. FOR WHATEVER REASON I DIDN’T THINK THAT’S WHERE I WANTED TO GO. I WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING AND USE MY BRAIN AS WELL SO I DECIDED TO GO INTO FAMILY MEDICINE. I LOVED DELIVERING BABIES. I LOVED TAKING CARE OF KIDS. I LOVED GERIATRIC. IT WAS AN EVERYTHING THING. THE WHOLE FAMILY, YOU UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS. YOU BECOME PART OF THAT. MY SECOND YEAR RESIDENCY, MY DIRECTOR SAID, LOOK, I NEED SOMEBODY TO COVER A FOOTBALL GAME NEAR ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED? I SAID SURE I’LL GO, COVER FOOTBALL GAMES. SO I’M AT THIS FOOTBALL GAME ON THE SIDELINES AS THE DOCTOR AND IF YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK ON THAT FIELD I COULD TAKE CARE OF YOU. IF YOU HAD A CONCUSSION I COULD TAKE CARE OF YOU BUT IF YOU SPRAINED YOUR FINGER, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING LET ALONE YOUR KNEE OR BACK. I REALLY ENJOYED BEING AROUND THE ATHLETES. I ENJOYED DYNAMIC. WHEN I GOT BACK I DECIDED I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ORTHOPEDICS. I DON’T LIKE THE SURGICAL PIECE, BUT THERE’S GOT TO BE A WAY TO DO ORTHOPEDICS AND NOT OPERATE. SO I DID SOME ELECTIVES IN MY SECOND AND LAST YEAR. I’M COMPLETING MY RESIDENCY. I’M THINKING I REALLY LIKE ORTHOPEDICS. I REALLY DON’T LIKE SURGERY. WHAT CAN I DO? AT THAT TIME I SAID WELL I’M GOING TO LOOK INTO APPLYING FOR SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP. BE A SPORTS MEDICINE DOC BUT NOT OPERATE. THERE WERE TEN FELLOWSHIPS AT THAT TIME. THIS IS IN 1983 I APPLIED. SO I WROTE TO ALL THE FELLOWSHIPS IN THE COUNTRY. MOST OF THEM DID NOT RESPOND BECAUSE I WAS NOT AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON. I HAD NOT DONE ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL RESIDENCY. THE ONE THAT DID RESPOND, I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM JACK HUGHSTON, THE GRANDFATHER OF SPORTS MEDICINE. I DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHO HE WAS. CALLS ME UP, ASKED ME WHY I APPLIED, WHAT WAS I THINKING. HE SAYS ALL RIGHT, FLY DOWN. IT WAS IN COLUMBUS, GEORGIA. THAT’S WHERE THE HUGHSTON CLINIC IS. JACK HUGHSTON CLINIC.>>RIGHT. HE WAS INVOLVED WITH AUBURN.>>AUBURN, ALABAMA, EVERYBODY. JIMMY ANDREWS WHO WE KNOW AS WELL IS A GREAT SPORTS SURGEON WAS ALSO PART OF THIS GROUP. SO I FLEW DOWN TO COLUMBUS, GEORGIA. I DIDN’T HAVE ANY MONEY, FLEW DOWN, LANDED IN COLUMBUS, GEORGIA AND Dr. STEPHEN HUNTER WAS THE GUY WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO VET ME. SO STEPHEN HUNTER WAS GREAT. HE WAS PART OF THE GROUP, WENT TO HIS HOUSE, SAID WE’RE GOING TO GO TO THE BIG EDDY, WHICH WAS THE DINNER CLUB. I’M A NORTHEAST JERSEY BOY IN THE DEEP SOUTH. COLUMBUS GEORGIA IS THE DEEP SOUTH. IT’S WHERE FORT BENNING IS. SO WE GO TO THE BIG EDDY. I STAYED AT Dr. HUNTER’S HOUSE. HE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO LET ME STAY THERE. WE GET UP IN THE MORNING AND I’M EXCITED, I WANT TO GO AND SEE THE OFFICE. Dr. HUNTER SAYS WE’RE GOING TO GO HUNTING TODAY. Dr. HUGHSTON. SO WE GO HUNTING. I’VE NEVER TOUCHED A GUN IN MY LIFE, SO I KIND OF BE CAREFUL. I JUST STAND AROUND. WE GO DOVE HUNTING. WE GET DONE AND I GO BACK TO Dr. HUNTER’S HOUSE. WE HAVE DINNER. THE NEXT DAY GETTING EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO SEE THE OFFICE AND TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES AND WE GO FISHING. AND PRETTY MUCH ON THE WAY BACK FROM FISHING WE STOP BY THE OFFICE. I GET TO LOOK AT, SAY HELLO TO EVERYBODY AND THEN THEY TAKE ME TO THE AIRPORT. AND I GET ON THE PLANE, I COME HOME, AND I TELL MY WIFE KAREN, THAT WAS VERY PLEASANT BUT I’M NOT GOING. THEY DIDN’T TALK TO ME ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD DO OR ANYTHING. IN RETROSPECT IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO INTERVIEW ME BECAUSE IT WAS A FELLOWSHIP THAT NO ONE HAD EVER DONE. THERE WAS NO NONOPERATIVE SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP IN THE COUNTRY. THEY DIDN’T KNOW ME FROM ADAM. A WEEK LATER Dr. HUGHSTON CALLED UP AND SAID YOU START IN AUGUST.>>SO YOU WERE THERE FOR ONE YEAR, RIGHT?>>I WAS THERE FOR A YEAR AS A FELLOW. I LOVED IT. I WAS DOING EVERYTHING I COULD POSSIBLY DO. I WAS OPERATING. I WAS WORKING 24-7. I WAS FLYING ALL OVER THE PLACE TO COVER THESE GAMES. THEY OPENED THEIR ARMS TO ME. THEY TAUGHT ME ORTHOPEDICS. I HELPED THEM WITH THE MEDICINE. IT WAS GREAT. IT WAS JUST FABULOUS.>>SO YOU COME BACK.>>I DIDN’T COME BACK. Dr. HUGHSTON SAID WE WANT YOU TO STAY. WE WANT YOU TO JOIN THE PRACTICE. I SAID, OF COURSE. HOW COULD I NOT DO THAT? THIS IS THE BEST PART OF MY LIFE, I’M DOING EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO. SO I JOIN THE PRACTICE. I WAS THERE FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND A HALF. WE HAD OUR FIRST CHILD DANIELLE. AT THAT POINT DECIDING DO WE WANT TO RAISE OUR KIDS IN COLUMBUS IN THE DEEP SOUTH AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY OR DO WE DO SOMETHING ELSE? AT THAT POINT Dr. ANDREWS WAS LEAVING THE HUGHSTON CLINIC AND HE WAS GOING TO BIRMINGHAM. SO WE CAME BACK TO JERSEY.>>AND YOU OPENED UP WHERE?>>I WENT TO PRINCETON AND I JOINED SPORTS MEDICINE PRINCETON AS THEIR NONOPERATING DOC FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. THEN I LEFT THAT GROUP, AND I OPENED UP MANY OFFICES MYSELF. ONE IN MARLBORO, ONE IN HIGHTSTOWN. I ENDED UP WORKING IN — ANOTHER ORTHOPEDIC GROUP. AND WARREN SPECIAL SURGERY I SAW AT ONE OF THE MEETINGS, HE SAID, WHY DON’T YOU COME TO HHS? HOSPITAL OF SPECIAL SURGERY. I SAID I JUST LEFT EVERYTHING. I JUST ESTABLISHED THIS. I’M WORKING IN JERSEY. I WAS HONORED I WAS ASKED. I SAID, I’LL TRY IT OUT HALF A DAY A WEEK. SO IN 1991 I TRIED HALF A DAY A WEEK IN NEW YORK, WORKING AT SPECIAL SURGERY AND THE REST WAS MY OTHER PRACTICES AND OVER TIME IT BECAME A DAY, AND THEN TWO DAYS, AND EVOLVED INTO MY ONLY PRACTICE.>>YOU BECAME THE CHAIRMAN.>>I WAS THE FIRST NONOPERATING DOC IN THE SPORTS SERVICE. WE RECRUITED MORE AND ESTABLISHED A SERVICE, PRIMARY CARE SPORTS MEDICINE SERVICE, AND I BECAME THE FIRST CHAIRMAN EIGHT YEARS AGO, DID THAT SIX YEARS AND RESIGNED AS THE CHAIRMAN TWO YEARS AGO TO BRING IN NEW BLOOD AND GREAT PEOPLE.>>FEW PEOPLE KNOW YOU’RE AN EMMY AWARD WINNER. LET’S TALK ABOUT VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING.>>– FROM 1995, WHEN — RIDE — WHERE JIM BENSON WHO WAS ON THE BOARD OF HSS PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM TO BRING DISABLED AND ABLE-BODIED ATHLETES TOGETHER UNDER THIS NONPROFIT CALLED WORLD TEAM SPORTS. THE ACRONYM TEAM MEANS THE EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETE MATTERS. IT IS ABOUT BRINGING ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED ATHLETES AND PEOPLE TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO SPORTS CONQUER, SUPPORT EACH OTHER. THAT WAS A RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. THAT TOOK ABOUT NINE MONTHS. THAT WAS 13,000 MILES. I WAS THE DOCTOR IN CHARGE OF ALL THOSE DIFFERENT STAGES. WE FINISHED THAT. THAT WAS GREAT. I DID TWO OF THE STAGES MYSELF. IT WAS FABULOUS TO WORK AS A TEAM, TO BE ABLE TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE CAN DO EVEN BETTER AS A GROUP THAN WE CAN INDIVIDUALLY. BUT I FELT LIKE WE DIDN’T LEAVE ANY LEGACY. WE JUST WENT THROUGH THE COUNTRIES. WE DEMONSTRATED WHAT WE COULD DO. WE EDUCATED THE LOCALS AND THE GOVERNMENTS THAT DISABILITY DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE UNABLE. AND THEN WORLD TEAM SPORTS HAD THE IDEA TO THEN IN 1998 CYCLE — BICYCLE FROM HANOI TO SAIGON WHICH IS HO CHI MINH CITY, WHICH IS THE VIETNAM CHALLENGE. IT’S ABOUT BRING ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED ATHLETES TOGETHER AT THIS POINT VIETNAM VETERANS WERE THE DISABLED ATHLETES, FOR COMMON GOOD TO SHOW THE STRENGTH OF THAT TO CONQUER ALL THESE GOALS. SO IN THAT GROUP WE HAD 10 NORTH VIETNAMESE DISABLED ATHLETES, 20 AMERICAN-VIETNAM DISABLED ATHLETES. TOTAL OF 80 PEOPLE INCLUDING SUPPORT STAFF, VANS, COACHES, PSYCHIATRISTS, YOU NAME IT. AND WE DID THAT 1200 MILES IN THREE WEEKS FROM HANOI TO SAIGON.>>WE ARE CLIMBING THIS AT THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DAY. YOU SHOULD BE GETTING YOUR WATER BOTTLE ALL THE TIME AND DOUSING YOURSELF, DRINKING A LOT OF WATER ALL THE WAY UP.>>NOW THERE’S A PICTURE OF TWO SOLDIERS, OK, ONE VIETNAMESE AND ONE AMERICAN BOTH AMPUTEES, CORRECT?>>YES. THEY WERE BOTH AMPUTEES. ONE WAS LEFT BELOW THE KNEE. ONE WAS RIGHT BELOW THE KNEE. PROBABLY A WEEK AND A HALF INTO THE RIDE THEY REALIZED THAT THEY WERE IN THE SAME BATTLE ON THE SAME DAY AND LOST THEIR LEGS PERHAPS BEING SHOT BY EACH OTHER. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THAT.>>RIGHT. THERE’S ANOTHER INTERESTING POINT IN THE MOVIE WITH REGARD TO THE SOLDIER WHO IS BLIND.>>YEAH. THAT WAS JERRY — SO JERRY WAS BLIND. HIS FACE WAS REARRANGED BY AK-47 WHEN HE WAS OVER THERE. HE HAD A LOT OF ANGER. HE HAD A LOT OF ISSUES HE WAS TRYING TO GET THROUGH. HE VOLUNTEERED TO COME, WHICH WAS INCREDIBLE, AND WE DID A LOT OF OUTREACH. WE DID NOT JUST DO THE BICYCLE RIDE WHICH WAS INTENSE ENOUGH. WE DID OUTREACH AT SCHOOLS. I DID MEDICAL OUTREACH IN HOSPITALS. WE ESTABLISHED REHAB UNITS, BUT WE WENT TO THIS ONE SCHOOL AND JERRY IS TALKING ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE AND ONE OF THE FOLKS IN THE AUDIENCE, HE WAS PROBABLY ABOUT 18. HE SAID WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THE WAR? AND JERRY STARTS TO CRY, AS WE ALL DID EVERY DAY. AND HE SAID, WHAT I REMEMBER MOST IS RUNNING THROUGH THE FIELDS, A 12-YEAR-OLD GUNPOINT AT MY HEAD AND I HAVE TO SHOOT AT HIM, AND I CAN’T FORGIVE MYSELF FOR THAT. AND SO SHE COMES UP AND SHE HUGS HIM AND SAYS, THE WAR IS OVER. AND EVERYBODY JUST BREAKS APART.>>SO YOU WON A NUMBER OF AWARDS COUPLED WITH EMMY AND YOU WON AS ONE OF THE PRODUCERS.>>YES AS ONE OF THE CO-PRODUCERS.>>YOU WROTE A BOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.>>THE KNEE CRISIS HANDBOOK. I WAS TAKING CARE OF A LOT OF PATIENTS WITH KNEE PROBLEMS, GIVING EXERCISES, TRYING TO DEMONSTRATE HOW TO DO THINGS. ONE OF MY PATIENTS SAYS WHY DON’T YOU WRITE A BOOK SO WE CAN JUST REFER TO IT AND I ENDED UP DOING THAT.>>AND THERE’S ANOTHER BOOK WHERE A LARGE NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTOR OF MEN’S HEALTH.>>A LOT OF MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINES, YES.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT PRP.>>SO PRP IS RICH PLASMA, AN INTERVENTION WHICH WE USE NOW FOR ARTHRITIS, FOR TENDONITIS, FOR TENDINOPATHY. IT’S PROBABLY BEEN AROUND FOR 15 YEARS. I’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR 11 YEARS. FOR TENNIS ELBOW WE WOULD INJECT CORTISONE. IT DIDN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE, WHY WE WERE INJECTING IT BECAUSE THERE WASN’T A LOT OF INFLAMMATION. IT WAS BREAKDOWN OF THE TISSUE YET WE WERE DOING IT. I RESEARCHED AT THAT POINT AND IN EUROPE THEY WERE DOING THIS PRP PIECE. THEY DID A LOT OF ANIMAL RESEARCH. IT WAS GOOD. IT WAS A GOOD SAFETY PROFILE. I SAID WHOA! THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. WHY DON’T I TRY TO DO THIS FOR THE PATIENTS WITH TENNIS ELBOW. AT THAT POINT IT WAS FORTUITOUS. I HAD FIVE PATIENTS WHO HAD RECALCITRANT TENNIS ELBOW, A YEAR OF PAIN COULDN’T PLAY TENNIS. THERAPY DIDN’T HELP. INJECTIONS DIDN’T HELP. I SAID TO THEM I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS GOING TO WORK. I DON’T THINK THERE’S A LOT OF DOWN SIDE. THE SAFETY PROFILE IS GOOD. IF YOU’RE WILLING TO DO IT I’M WILLING TO DO IT AND LET’S SEE HOW THIS WORKS. FORTUNATELY FIVE OUT OF FIVE, COMPLETE RECOVERY, BACK TO TENNIS, NO PAIN AND I GOT SOLD ON THE PRP. AND THAT WAS FOR TENDON. SO WE STARTED DOING A LOT MORE OF THAT, BEGAN DOING RESEARCH ON OUR OWN AND PUBLISHING IT. A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER, SAME CONCEPT WAS IF THIS WORKS ON TENDON WHY WON’T IT WORK ON CARTILAGE OR WHY WOULDN’T IT WORK ON ARTHRITIS SO WE DID A PROSPECTIVE STUDY LOOKING FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS AND THAT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. SO NOW WE’RE DOING IT FOR A LOT OF INDICATIONS. IT DOESN’T HELP EVERYBODY BUT IT’S INCREDIBLE. USING YOUR OWN PLATELETS TO REBOOST YOUR OWN HEALING AND PRESERVE YOUR FUNCTION AND SOMETIMES RETURN ANATOMY. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN MEDICINE THAT WORK ON ACROSS BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION. THE PLATELETS NUMBER ONE STOP YOUR INFLAMMATION, WHICH IS INCREDIBLE ENOUGH THAT IS ONGOING. AND ON THIS SIDE THEY STIMULATE GROWTH FACTORS AND STEM CELLS TO TRY TO MAKE NEW STRUCTURE, NEW CARTILAGE OR TENDON. MOST PEOPLE CAN’T MAKE NEW CARTILAGE, BUT SOME DO. THEY MAKE OVER 1400 PROTEINS WE KNOW ABOUT AND WE’RE CONTINUING TO STUDY WHAT WE’RE DOING.>>TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WIFE.>>THE BEST THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE WERE MY WIFE, MY THREE KIDS AND THE VIETNAM CHALLENGE. SO I MET MY WIFE AT A PARTY ON THE JERSEY SHORE. I HAD A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH TO DRINK. SHE STOOD OUT. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. I SOBERED UP QUICKLY, HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HER, LIKED HER AND ASKED HER IF I COULD TAKE HER OUT FOR COFFEE, AND SHE KIND OF THOUGHT THAT WAS A LITTLE WEIRD, BUT SHE ACCEPTED. STARTED DATING AND WE GOT MARRIED.>>THREE DAUGHTERS.>>DANIELLE 33, SAMANTHA 31 AND ALLISON 27. DANIELLE IS A MARRIED, ATTORNEY, IN MARSTOWN, HAS 21-MONTH-OLD MATTHEW, WHO IS GREAT. SAMANTHA IS ALSO AN ATTORNEY SHE SUCCESSFUL IN DALLAS, MARRIED AND SHE’S NOW 33 WEEKS PREGNANT WITH A BABY GIRL.>>LAST BUT NOT LEAST.>>AND ALLISON JUST GOT ENGAGED. SHE’S A TEACHER IN PHILADELPHIA AREA, LEARNING CONSULTANT AND WE’RE EXCITED FOR THAT.>>SO THE LUCKY THING IN A WAY WAS FORTUNATELY, THAT YOU DIDN’T GO TO SKIDMORE, BUT YOU WENT TO MIDDLEBURY HAD THE INCIDENT OVER THERE. JACK HUGHSTON SPORTS MEDICINE YOU HAVE BEEN A LEADER IN SPORTS MEDICINE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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