Get to know Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon: Dr. Alan Edwards
Years in Practice: 1 year
Specialty: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
Signature Dad saying or joke:
I’ve got a handful of Dad jokes. 😉 Too many to count!
Favorite movie or tv father:
Phil Dunphy from Modern Family
Can you share a little bit about how you found out you would be a dad?
It was such a wonderful surprise. My wife, Kamera, actually had a little present wrapped up for me after I came home from work. I was thrilled and very excited when I found out we were expecting our first baby around Christmas time.
Do you have a go-to tip/trick to help your son fall asleep?
He does a much better job sleeping for my wife. She’s so supportive, so I’m very lucky.
What’s one of the most rewarding parts of being a father?
There are so many rewards and challenges to being a new parent. Right now, I just love seeing him smile when he sees me. It’s the best feeling.
What advice would you give to a first time dad?
Enjoy the ride! Also, play to your strengths. Like changing diapers and rocking them when they are young.
As your son grows older, what is your wish for his future?
That he works hard, finds something he is passionate about and lives life with enthusiasm.
What made you decide to become a doctor and specifically an orthopedic surgeon?
I had a benign bone tumor the size of a softball removed from my arm when I was a child that was impeding my function. I was fascinated the more I learned about anatomy and all of the structures the doctor had to work around to remove it. I wanted to be able to help people in the same way.
What do you like best about practicing medicine?
Everyday has something about it that is different. I like being able to think critically through patients issues and work with them to come up with solutions to help improve their quality of life and function. I enjoy really listening to patients and helping them to achieve their goals.
What inspires you most about your patients?
I enjoy seeing my patients get better. More often than not, we can achieve this without surgery. However, sometimes surgery is necessary to make a full recovery. Whatever I can do to help them get back to what they enjoy is my goal as their physician.
If there is one piece of advice you wish your patients would take to heart, what would it be?
I want patients to feel comfortable, listened to, and cared for. I want patients to enjoy coming to see me and share things about their lives. I look forward to working together to get you better.