OSI surgeon David Eggert was kind enough to share some information with us between patients.
Where is your hometown and how has that influenced you?
I was born in West Bend and small towns influence who you are because you know so many people. I participated in a lot of sports and I was very close to my coaches and very close to a lot of the teachers that I had in this town because my dad was also a teacher.
Tell us about your family.
I have one brother who earned his PhD in paper chemistry. He lives in South Carolina. My parents have passed away but they were huge influences on me, both my father, who was a teacher and administrator, and my mom, who was a stay-at-home mom. I think teachers are usually fabulous parents because they are disciplined and not extravagant, and they are usually friends with many, many other teachers who are good role models.
My wife Kay is extremely active in the school board and church, and she loves golf. We have four children. Charlie is the Chief Orthopedic Resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Emily is our pediatric resident and she was accepted to a fellowship in pediatric oncology. She will be entering that next year. Peter is our fourth year medical student at Creighton and he wants to do orthopedics and presently is doing a rotation in Milwaukee. Elizabeth is a senior at St. Olaf College and she wants to do dentistry. She would like to be an oral surgeon.
Why did you choose your specialty?
As is often the case, you choose your specialty of orthopedics because you have an orthopedic problem. When I was in college I tore my ACL and my meniscus. My role model, Dr. Wally Varberg in Neenah, saw and treated me, and I wanted to be just like him. He was outstanding.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I truly enjoy the teaching aspects of medicine. I love meeting and working with patients and trying to educate them about the issues they are dealing with. And I love it when students, whether they are high school students, college students, or residents, rotate through our office so I can help educate them as well.
If you weren’t a physician, what profession would you have chosen?
I would love to be a teacher. I would also love to be a high school basketball coach.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I love being outside. I love biking, fishing, playing golf, and I love swimming. I try to do at least one of those activities every day.
Tell us about your favorite vacation.
Any time you can spend time with your family is a huge win. Probably a golf vacation is one of my neatest things with the family, but recently we’ve taken trips up to Canada with my sons and friends and that’s been outstanding because the lake that we fish (a huge lake called Lac Seul) is gorgeous and dotted with many, many islands and we always have a blast.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I just became a grandfather. My son Charlie and his wife Katie recently had identical twins. They had a difficult time having children but now they have been blessed with two beautiful boys.
What health recommendations would you leave our readers?
It can’t be nutritional because I don’t eat right. I love potato chips and dip. I do exercise every day and I think it’s important that people make time for exercise, whether it’s going to the YMCA, swimming, biking, or whatever you love to do, but if you don’t make time for it, you’ll never do it. That’s a guarantee. So if you have to take an hour or two out of your day, do it!