SVMC Orthopaedics Welcomes Dr. Anders G. J. Rhodin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BENNINGTON — SVMC Orthopaedics welcomed Orthopaedic Surgeon Anders G.J. Rhodin, M.D., at the beginning of May. Dr. Rhodin joins SVMC from Massachusetts, where he ran his own orthopaedic surgery practice for over 20 years and was an active member of the medical staff at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, Mass., a member of UMass Memorial Health Care.
“The timing was right for me to come to SVMC,” said Dr. Rhodin. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me at this time in my career. I am very excited to be able to practice within such a respected community health care system.”
Dr. Rhodin has two passions in life — medicine and zoology — and has achieved prominence in both fields.
“When it came time to study in earnest for a career,” he said, “my father gave me the best advice I’ve ever received. I’ve always loved the sciences, especially zoology and anatomy. I was torn, thinking I had to choose one path or the other. My father, an accomplished medical researcher, suggested that I could pursue medicine while still keeping zoology close to my heart. He was right.”
Dr. Rhodin received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He did his residencies in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at YaleUniversity in New Haven, Conn. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a Fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
“My love for orthopaedic surgery grew when I was doing my general surgery residency,” stated Dr. Rhodin. “I loved that I could help healthy people who had an injury get back on the road to good health and once again have a good quality of life.
“I truly love being a surgeon,” he added. “I left an academic setting because when you teach surgery, you often don’t get to do the surgery yourself. I see surgery as a craft or special trade, but working with living tissue. I know what I do can directly affect a person’s life and well-being, so I feel you must always be striving to maintain and improve your skill.”
Dr. Rhodin also stayed true to his desire to pursue zoology. “I originally became interested in zoology because of a little tortoise I received when I travelled to the Amazon before medical school,” he said. “My love for zoology stems from my desire to help animals who are fighting to stave off extinction.
“I had a friend who worked at Harvard’s Museum of Zoology and I worked there with him during the summer between my first and second years of medical school. Coincidentally, my job was working with turtles. I learned how to name a new species and have since named six,” he added. “My zoological work has been a very rewarding part of my life, and I have been honored to have become an international leader in the field of turtle conservation.”
Orthopaedically, Dr. Rhodin has a special interest in working with patients with knee or hip problems,including performing total joint replacements and arthroscopy, as well as treating general orthopaedic problems of the arms, hands, legs, and feet. He does not treat neck, back, or spine issues.
“I enjoy the part of orthopaedic medicine that challenges me to work with my patients to solve their physical issues. You need to problem-solve to figure out the best solution to help your patient and to figure out how you can best use your skills and experience.”
A native of Sweden who moved to the United States at the age of eight, Dr. Rhodin enjoys the beautiful scenery and active lifestyle available to people who live in the Bennington area. “This area of the country has an astoundingly beautiful landscape,” he stated. He enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, playing golf, and hiking.
Dr. Rhodin is available to see patients at SVMC Orthopaedics at 332 Dewey Street in Bennington. To make an appointment with him, call (802) 442-6314.
SVMC Orthopaedics is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system providing care for patients in Bennington and WindhamCounties in Vermont, Rensselaer and WashingtonCounties in New York, and BerkshireCounty in Massachusetts. SVHC includes SouthwesternVermontMedicalCenter, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses. To learn more about SVHC, visit svhealthcare.org.
Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller