Nov. 22, 2022

Finding Opportunities Beyond Clinical Practice with Dhanur Damodar

The use of social media has revolutionized the way we communicate and connect. For orthopedic surgeons, social media platforms open up a new world of possibilities and opportunities outside clinical practice. It allows them to interact with industry leaders, learn about new research and developments, and build a personal brand. What strategies can surgeons use to make the most of their online presence? 

In this episode, Brad and Kameron talk with Dhanur Damodar, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery. Taking his entrepreneurial spirit beyond orthopedic surgery, Dhanur talks about branching into the digital health space. He gives insights on how he uses social media to look for opportunities outside of clinical practice and the playbook he uses to find startups and orthopedic device companies on LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways

  • [01:01] - An overview of Dhanur's professional and personal background.
  • [03:41] - What motivated Dhanur to pursue a career in sports orthopedics.
  • [05:39] - How Dhanur became a successful orthopedic sports medicine surgeon.
  • [09:09] - How Dhanur found great mentors.
  • [13:36] - The power of social media to find opportunities outside of clinical practice.
  • [17:02] - Dhanur's thoughts on showing clinical aspects of orthopedics on social media.
  • [19:58] - How Dhanur builds his brand on social media.
  • [25:42] - Dhanur's playbook for finding startups and orthopedic device companies on LinkedIn.
  • [28:56] - The key takeaways from the episode.
  • [31:50] - Dhanur's advice to junior residents.


[04:34] - "Treat young and high-level athletic patients, but you also treat people trying to get back to doing their daily activities. You sometimes get more joy out of those interactions because those people are just trying to do the basics." ~ Dhanur Damodar 

[13:57] - "If you have an interest outside of your clinical practice, whether the business side of medicine or digital health consulting opportunities, you can't just sit back and rest on your laurels and expect them to fall into your lap. You have to meet people. You have to network." ~ Dhanur Damodar

[32:06] - "As a junior resident, you need to focus on getting a good fellowship, getting your clinical training, or staying late. That's ultimately the most important thing because you'll never get that time back." ~ Dhanur Damodar


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