I began in physics and math/computer science, but loved my required biology course, ending up with a double major in biology and physics. I planned on graduate school or medical school, and in the process realized I would prefer helping people day-to-day. I really enjoyed my orthopedic surgery rotation and saw the dramatic impact musculoskeletal care can have on people’s lives. I believe adaptation and resiliency are the best medicine, especially with arthritis, and that each person has the chance to be as healthy as the person who never seeks care for his or her condition. The key is effective communication strategies, with empathy, compassion, and taking a genuine interest in what makes each person, and each diagnosis, special. I have definitely ended up in a field where I can make a big difference, that difference often being just restoring hope and putting people back on track. I enjoy that.
With Dr. Ring, his family comes first, but his other passion is music. He plays guitar, bass, and drums, and was part of local bands in Boston while teaching at Harvard. He hopes to form bands here in Austin! Dr. Ring also enjoys riding his mountain bike and exploring trails near his home in south Austin. He is a “huge fan” of the Congress Avenue bats, enjoys the Colorado River and Lady Bird Lake, and music venues such as The Continental Club and Guero’s.
Professional Positions and Honors
- Associate Dean of Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
- Member, American Medical Association (AMA)
- Member, Quality Outcomes Data Workgroup, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- Member, Travis County Medical Society
- Deputy Editor, Hand and Wrist, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
- Deputy Editor, Hand and Upper Extremity, Orthopaedics Today
- Editorial Board, Journal of Hand and Microsurgery
- Representative of the AAOS to the AMA Opioid Safety Initiative
- Former Chair, Orthopaedic Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
- Former Course Director, Harvard Primary Care Orthopaedics Course, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2010
- Clinical Pearl Award, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery to the Hand, 2014
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