Edward Mairura

EdwardHometown: Nairobi, Kenya & Minneapolis, MN

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

Hobbies:
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.