The Iron Chef Surgeon
By Adam D Perler, DPM, FACFAS
There is nothing more rewarding as a design surgeon than having a product come to market that you have had a substantial influence in regards to its development from napkin sketch to market launch, much like a chef watching from the kitchen as customer leans back in their chair with a huge smile on their face following the initial taste of a brand new delectable and palate pleasing dish served up by a true master of the culinary arts.
In this segment, I want to talk a little bit about surgeons as innovators. Just like cooks and chefs in culinary world, surgeons vary quite a bit in regards to their specialty, experience, and training. It is no secret that some of the world’s best chefs are not, in fact creative and outside the box with their talents, but instead possess a certain drive to master their technique and cook within their comfort level or precisely execute an already existing recipe.
This is clearly evident when you tune in to one of the cooking channels or Food Network and watch a few episodes of TOP Chef, Iron Chef or Chopped. Usually, the chefs who win most frequently are the ones with good time management skills, can think on their toes and possess a masters level knowledge of how to work their ingredients. They are not always the most creative… but the best executors. The same can be said of surgeons. Some of the top surgeons are not the innovative creators… but master level executors who have a laser focus and knowledge of what tools they need and feel most comfortable with to get an optimum and highly reproducible outcome for their patients.