Dr. Greg Poulter‘s story begins with cycling. During his time as a medical student at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Greg started gaining weight from an inactive lifestyle. He decided he needed to do something about his health. He took up endurance mountain bike racing and lost 50 pounds.
Cycling has taken Greg all over the world to Napa, Sante Fe, France and Italy. He’s even had the opportunity to ride many of the famous climbs of the Tour de France and Giro d Italia.
“Cycling really changed my life and turned it around,” he said. “It inspired me to do more with my life and help others do more with their lives.”
OrthoIndy spine surgeon
As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Greg gets to help improve lives every day. He compares spine surgery to competing in a race. “Both require your full attention for several hours, you have to pace yourself and be careful while working toward a long term goal. At the end of that endurance the patient sees almost immediate results; that’s really profound to me.”
Greg completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan and an orthopedic spine fellowship from the University of California. He then worked as a spine surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics in Vail, Colorado. In 2014, Greg left his practice in Vail to join OrthoIndy. He chose OrthoIndy because it was physician owned and operated. Greg believes that as a physician-owned hospital, the physicians work for the patients to provide better outcomes at a fraction of the cost at other hospitals. “I work for the patient,” he said. “It’s not about money, or getting them out. You feel it everywhere you are.”
Outside of work
After work Greg cycles with a non-profit group that gives scholarships to Indianapolis youth. “It’s a great way to connect with the community and make friends.”
For Greg, cycling changed his life in more ways than one. It made him healthier, stronger and a better person. It gave him the energy to be a better parent and husband after a long day at work. “It allows me to be present and listen when my patients need extra attention.”
He has leveraged this inspiration in his own life and uses it to inspire his patients. “I like to be there and encourage them to make the bold decision to go on the new path.”
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