Meet the Doctor: Garrett Cavanaugh, MD
Garrett Cavanaugh, MD is an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. He sees patients at Einstein Orthopedics offices in the hospital’s Willowcrest Building on Tabor Road. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery.
We spoke recently with Dr. Cavanaugh about his career, his interests, and orthopedic surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Why did you decide to become a doctor?
I started my college education studying physics and then went onto biology and anatomy. I was always fascinated with science and applying principles to make a difference in people’s lives. I also wanted a career that would allow me to have personal interactions with others and to make a difference in their lives.
Tell us about your education background
I attended Cal Poly [California Polytechnic State University] in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. I then continued my education at Drexel University College of Medicine, and also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery there. I went on to complete a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Once I decided I wanted to become a doctor, I knew I wanted to practice acute care medicine. Orthopedics, specifically trauma, is very concrete. It allows you to directly address the issue at hand and find a way to improve it.
What are your clinical interests?
My focus is mainly trauma. I treat patients coming into the hospital in an emergency situation. I mostly see severe fractures of the limbs and pelvis due to automobile accidents and gunshots. I also see patients who are coming in for second opinions for an array of conditions.
What drew you to Einstein?
First, Einstein is a Level 1 Trauma Center, so I knew I would be seeing an array of complex orthopedic cases here. I liked the spirit of the orthopedic program and our chair [James S. Raphael, MD] is a phenomenal physician and mentor. Coming here checked every box for me and was an easy decision.
I also enjoy working with the residents. It is a lot of fun and keeps you up to date in this field. I knew some of the residents prior to my coming on board, and they all encouraged me to join the team.
Why should people choose Einstein for their orthopedic care?
Everyone treating our orthopedic patients is so skilled and involved in their care. From staff physicians, to residents, to office staff, we are surrounded by great professionals. I couldn’t ask for a better team.
What are your interests outside of work?
Spending time with my wife and son
If you could meet anyone, who would you like to meet?
Sir Isaac Newton
What is your favorite book?
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite restaurant?
Do you have a favorite sports teams?
I am a converted Eagles fan. I also like the Phillies and the Flyers
Did you have an early role model?
I have several mentors in the medical profession that I truly look up to. I interacted with them during my residency and fellowship. I still speak to them to this day.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was 3, I tried to shoot a bear with a bow and arrow suction cup outside my home in California. He got scared and went back into the forest.