Surgeon stays active with U.S. Olympic skiing team

By Mark DeHaven

Seeing patients at Orthopedic Associates, perfuming surgeries at Humble Surgical Hospital, teaching at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and acting as team physician for the U.S. Olympic freestyle ski team, Dr. Gregory Harvey is a busy man.

Harvey said he enjoys his relationship with Humble Surgical Hospital, where he performs surgeries for patients he sees at his practice.

us-ski-team-logo“The hospital staff is very oriented toward patient comfort and recovery from surgery,” he said. “The hospital is physician-owned, so we can really dedicate our efforts to providing patients with superb medical care.”

He said arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgeries for cartilage, ligament and tendon injuries are the most common surgeries with athletes.

Can some of these injuries be avoided with certain preventive care?

“Sometimes it is difficult to prevent serious injuries, but athletes can perform daily conditioning exercises that can be preventative for injury,” Harvey said. He said soccer and football seem to bring the most injuries.

The sports medicine doctor, through his work with the U.S. Olympic freestyle ski team, travels annually to races around the world, where he acts as a triage doctor and medical advocate for the athletes in foreign countries as they compete in various tournaments.

When in America, Harvey takes time to teach his residents about positive patient interaction and appropriate bedside manner.

“I tell my residents to take the time to really listen to the patients’ complaints and to be compassionate in their care,” he said.

Harvey says the most enjoyable part about practicing sports medicine is seeing his patients bounce back from their injuries and resume both routine and athletic activities in a timely fashion.

When he’s not at one of his many work obligations, Harvey can be found participating in 5K running races around the Houston area with is family.

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