UPMC’s first Black orthopaedic surgeon welcomed

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Although being the first African-American orthopaedic surgeon for the UPMC health system is a label that Hogan said he takes seriously, he said it was not a factor in his decision to join the health system. “It’s not necessarily a label or title that I would hope would be the case, nor was it one that was the beacon of my recruitment and visitation processes, or in considering the job here, but it’s definitely one that I’ll take seriously and have pride in doing the best job possible,” he said. “I think it definitely speaks to the diversity of the area.”

Hogan said that while in Pittsburgh he looks forward to bringing his extensive experience to managing foot and ankle injuries, particularly to the foot and ankle sports injuries and those related to degenerative diseases, to expand and learn how to improve patient related outcomes after foot and ankle surgeries. Along with making professional contributions to the area, Hogan said he plans on getting involved with various mentoring organizations.

“I think mentoring is critical, growing up I had a number of mentors, starting with my father who was instrumental in my development and me trying to stay on the right path. And through the growing pains of life, having guidance at the various sectors of life is critical. Mentorship is essential to that process in all endeavors, regardless of what you may want to do. I’ve been put on this path by mentors and I hope to share that as well as pay it forward the best way I can,” he said.

Recreationally, Hogan said he looks forward to taking in a Steelers game; attending the Pittsburgh Ballet, an appreciation he gained in New York through the treating of a number of foot and ankle injuries of ballerinas and dancers; and just seeing the outdoor activities of Pittsburgh and learning the area.

Hogan is joined by his wife, Danika Hogan, a radiologist and currently a fellow at the Hillman Cancer Center, whom he met at Howard, and his 9-month-old daughter, Monika.

 

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