Active Fellow American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011
Specialties & Interests
Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty
Customized Total Knee Arthroplasty
Reverse and Standard Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
Arthroscopic Shoulder Rotator Cuff & Labral Repair
Arthroscopic Knee ACL & Meniscus Repair
Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery
Trauma and Deformity Repair
Sports Team Orthopedist
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston High School
Education & Training
Fellowship - Mississippi Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Residency - Baylor College of Medicine Dept. Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School - UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Undergraduate - Allegheny University, Rowan University, Bachelor of Science
Honors & Awards
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Cum Laude Graduate
Practicing Medicine From My Perspective
As a doctor, I spend a great deal of my life trying to understand people. I listen to their stories about injury and pain and I try to understand their goals for recovery. I use my skills and training to determine why the body hurts and I have learned to place my opinions in the background. However, my personality influences my practice of medicine just as much as the individual characteristics of my patients determine which treatment is best for them. Here then, I will try to lend perspective.
I grew up in New Jersey enjoying sports, playing baseball and soccer in grade school. Yet, my classmates would likely describe me as a bookworm. My wife, Kelly, reminds me that she often watched me reading while we worked together in my Dad’s restaurant, Benjamin’s, that he owned for 22 years. I grew up in the restaurant business working there from the summer of seventh grade until I left for medical school. It made for hard work and a good foundation. Thanks Dad!
Medical school was as much about beginning my career as beginning my family. I left for New Jersey Medical School with Kelly, my 9-month-old son Riley and a few shoestrings. Four years later, with a head crammed full of knowledge and medical honors commendation, we were driving down to Houston to put this knowledge to work. Baylor Orthopedics . . . what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Baylor was an excellent program for me. I worked with every surgeon I could to develop my craft and sharpen my skills. I learned that I had a knack for shoulder, hip, and knee surgery. I also discovered the challenges of a growing family with the additions of Ben and Mallory. (I still owe my wife for those years.) The Mississippi Sports Medicine Fellowship was an excellent complement to my residency training. Arthroscopic surgery is not easy, but I was blessed to learn from the best. Now, I am a Masters Instructor Associate by the Arthroscopy Association of North America, teaching other surgeons on the finer points of arthroscopy.
I take it personally when someone does not recover as well as expected following treatment. While all disease is not curable, when I believe someone will do well and they do not, I wear this failure as a stripe. Thankfully, such occasions are seldom. Much more frequently I am able to celebrate with my patients their newfound function and loss of pain. These are the moments I relish. Watching arms rise without pain and legs walk without support is the purpose of my career.
I may not be the right physician for everyone, and I can not cure every ill. However, I continually strive to improve my craft. Orthopedic surgery is as much about mental skill and good decision making as it is about physical operative skills. I still believe that a surgeon should do no harm. I work very hard to prevent infection and complications in my patients, and I have achieved enviable success in this regard. Everyone is different, but patterns do emerge. My experience allows me to predict outcomes with confidence. I believe my patients receive cutting edge medicine with excellent results. I continually research better treatments for my patients. For example, I have now been able to partner with Sarah Bush Lincoln to provide anterior total hip replacement, decreasing some of the risks of surgery.
I am grateful to my predecessors for all their contributions to orthopedics. From total joint arthroplasty, to fracture care and arthroscopy, each generation adds and improves on our ability to provide excellent orthopedic care.
This is my goal.
Aaron C. Eubanks, MD, FAAOS
Sarah Bush Lincoln Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Prairie Pavilion 2
1004 Health Center Dr. • Suite 100
Mattoon, IL 61938