February 1998 Bulletin

Academic center, family atmosphere lure orthopaedists to North Carolina

For Douglas Linville, MD, it was the attraction of practicing in a small town that lured him to Winston-Salem, N.C. in August 1977 after completing a fellowship in St. Louis. Dr. Linville grew up in Kansas City, Mo. His mother and father are from small towns. His wife is from a small suburb of Pittsburgh.

A lot of small communities donít have academic centers," says Dr. Linville. "But Winston-Salem is the home of Wake Forest University Medical Center, has a tertiary referral service and a small hospital.

Douglas Kilgus, MD, moved to North Carolina from California after 15 years at UCLA medical center in Los Angeles. He explains that he was unhappy at UCLA and was looking forward to moving to another city where he could raise a family. "I looked at six or seven spots over the years," Dr. Kilgus says. "The three main criteria were is it a nice place to raise children, does it have an academic center and can I utilize my specialty." Climate also was a factor. He didnít want to move to an area that had extreme hot or cold temperatures.

After eight months, he has no regrets in making the move to a full-time academic position at Wake Forest University Medical Center. A joint replacement specialist, he has found his skill was in great demand and heís convinced his new home will be a "nice place to raise children."

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