S. Terry Canale, MD
As a young orthopaedic surgeon in 1973, S. Terry Canale, MD, admittedly was less than thrilled to begin his service in the U.S. Army. But this initial reluctance quickly changed to a sense of commitment and pride when he began treating patients who had been wounded in Vietnam at the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas. “Caring for injured troops showed me the depth of their courage and their determination. No matter the severity of their injury or the problems it produced, they faced them head-on and found ways to cope and continue with their lives,” says Dr. Canale. Those soldiers and the ones he now meets as chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee – Campbell Clinic “have been an inspiration for me to remain optimistic and committed, even during adversity,” Dr. Canale says.