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Brad Daines
Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Vermont

Brad Daines

Brad received his MD from the University of Washington, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Utah. He is currently the Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Vermont and is pursuing a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery. As Chief Resident he enjoys teaching medical students and junior residents, operating- specifically joint replacement surgery. His research interests have grown and he looks forward to contributing to the field throughout his career.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program helped cement the importance of the scientific method in my thinking.  Every question should be approached with precision, a dose of skepticism and reason.  This has served me very well in my education.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Work hard and don’t give up.  Success in the medical field comes from persistence and steadiness as much as intelligence.  Try to broaden your interests both academically and personally.  If you choose medicine, remember that it is a vast commitment and that it asks much from you and your family but it rewards richly.  Remember to enjoy the moment even as you plan for the future!

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
I am most proud professionally of matching in orthopaedic surgery.  I come from a family of surgeons (my grandfather, father and two brothers are orthopaedists) and it means a lot to be able to follow in their footsteps.  My personal life has been going well too; I recently married Maji Chien and we are enjoying life in Vermont.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
I love to fly fish and golf.  Maji and I enjoy hikes and walks with our dog and trips to NYC to watch the opera.  We love restaurants (Maji has even owned one!) and good food.  I love Boise State and Utah football.  Maji, sadly, cheers for the University of Georgia.

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