Edward Mairura


Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya & Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate school attended:
University of Minnesota Twin Cities-College of Biological Sciences (Class of 2003)

Spending time with my wife and family, running, biking, supporting Minnesota sports, spending time on the lake, volunteering by being involved in my church and community.

Languages I speak:
English and Swahili

Furthest I've traveled from home:
Bali, Indonesia

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities:
Spending time at Lake Calhoun and attending Minnesota Vikings games

What is your specialty:
Orthopedic Surgeon with interests in trauma and total joint replacements

Why I chose my specialty:
My interest in orthopedic surgery came about as my uncle was undergoing treatment for pelvic bone cancer at the Mayo Clinic. I met his treating orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Yaszemski, who showed the utmost compassion, demonstrated knowledge, excellent bedside manners, empathy and communication as my family dealt with a difficult diagnosis. He was able to act as a mentor for me and that got me interested in orthopedics as a specialty.

Why Medicine:
I loved math and science when I was in high school and it seemed to come to me naturally. I also perceived myself in high school to want to use this love for science to one day help people and make a difference in the world. Medicine seemed to have the direct impact that I was seeking. When I shadowed doctors in hospitals in trying to understand medicine, I fell in love with it and decided this is what I wanted to dedicate myself to for my career. Once this decision was made in high school, the rest seemed to fall in place through God's grace.