Dr. Michael Ries is an orthopedic surgeon and the Arthroplasty Fellowship Director at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic. He obtained a BS and MS from MIT, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and was in practice for more than 25 decades.
Dr. Ries includes a practice limited to knee and hip arthroplasty operation and therapy of arthritic knee and hip ailments. He was on the Complete time faculty at the University of California, San Francisco from 1997 to 2013 where he was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Arthroplasty. In this time period he also participated regularly in laboratory and clinical research. Dr. Ries has printed 210 peer reviewed journal articles and 52 book chapters on topics related to clinical effects and biomaterials used in hip and knee replacement.
What differentiates D. Ries most from his peer group is that he’s helped create numerous knee and hip replacements and is an inventor on 45 US patents for both hip and knee replacement apparatus. He’s also a father of three busy kids, husband to a gorgeous Russian wife, enthusiastic skier, and household handyman.
Why don’t you start by telling our readers a bit about your journey to becoming a published author?
I am an orthopaedic surgeon and most of my career was in academic medicine. That means that I travel and speak at a great deal of medical conferences. The topics presented and discussed at these meetings cope with medical issues and brand new hip and knee replacement creations are usually not included. Within the previous five or six years it seems, I have been requested by some of the younger surgeons attending these meetings the way to develop ideas for improvements in knee and hip replacement apparatus. When I responded to such questions I noticed that some of the non-medical men and women in the audience seemed very interested in the discussion, and I thought that maybe others would be interested in reading a book about it.
This publication is a story about where ideas for inventions come from. It describes how wonderfully effective the normal hip and knee joint are, and the reason we can’t make hip and knee replacements as perfect as the normal joints we were born with.
Then a physician who found himself cleaning the kitchen, preparing meals, starting a wine bottle, unscrewing a jar shirt, riding a chairlift, skiing, fishing, or watching snowflakes fall drew similar images on a paper that turned into patents for new hip and knee replacements. The story suggests that when our mind is at a peaceful condition of tranquility the creative and problem solving parts of our mind can magically connect and generate a new notion.
I’ve helped develop a range of hip and knee replacement devices through the years. I actually did not understand why the thoughts for these creations sort of popped into my mind, but I did know exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing when a great deal of these occurred. It turned out that where I was and what I was doing were directly associated with pictures that became new hip and knee replacement patents. When I reacted with some basic examples, it seemed to make perfect sense to them. I believe that this process happens to all people on various levels, and expected that by writing about my narrative it would inspire others to develop their ideas.