Each month, find out what motivates ORA Orthopedics’ physicians to practice and treat patients in the Quad Cities in our What Moves Me feature.
Today meet physician and fisherman, Dr. Edward Connolly, who specializes in orthopedic surgery.
Meet ORA Orthopedics Surgeon: Dr. Edward Connolly
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Years in practice: 18
Favorite Movie: Uncle Buck, John Candy’s finest movie.
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games, currently. I’m always looking for a good book.
Time well spent:
It seems I spend most of my free time chasing my 3 children around to sports practices and contests and other events. I truly enjoy this. It allows me to remain connected with them.
When I get “me” time, I spend it outdoors doing something: hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, etc. Thankfully my family enjoys the outdoors as well.
Favorite fishing hole? North Bear Creek, Iowa.
Dream fishing hole? Any remote pack-in stream in the mountains.
Other interests? I’m currently restoring a 1967 Ford Mustang with my 13-year-old son.
Who would you like to meet and why?
Jesus Christ. He is the most influential person in history. I’m surprised more people don’t answer this question with this response.
Where would you like to travel, but have never been?
Ireland. I would like to see where my family originated from.
What made you decide to become a doctor, and specifically an orthopedic surgeon?
I was always strongly interested in science and enjoyed working with people. Medicine allows this mix. During my 3rd year of medical school at the University of Iowa, I did a rotation in Orthopedics and knew that was what I wanted to do.
What do you like best about practicing medicine?
The day-to-day interactions with my patients. Over the years, I’ve gotten to really know a large number of my patients and their families.
What inspires you most about your patients?
The gratification of improving their quality of life.
If there was one piece of advice you wish your patients would take to heart, what would it be?
Keep moving. Exercise should be a part of your everyday life.