What made you decide to pursue medicine, specifically your chosen field of medicine?
I decided to choose a career in Sports Medicine to help other young athletes who need to make decisions with their families concerning both illness and injury with respect to athletics. I was a high school football player and wrestler as well as a college wrestler at the University of Pennsylvania. I had a series of shoulder injuries throughout my athletic career which required me to have a lot of exposure and engagement within sports medicine - both operative and non-operative. My work with these professionals as a patient made me decide to pursue a career in sports medicine to help athletes navigate the medical system to make good, healthy decisions not only for their specific injury but how it will affect the rest of their career.
What is your favorite thing about what you do in your practice?
In my practice my favorite thing to do is to get out of the office and onto the playing fields. I cover high school football as well as work with USA Men's and Women's Wrestling Teams with which I have traveled the world as their team physician. I truly enjoy getting out of the office and all of the comforts of the office and being able to use my skills where it is just my hands and my clinical decision making skills. I think it keeps you sharp in the office by continuing to use these skills outside of the traditional clinic setting.
What is the next place on your travel bucket list?
I love to travel. It is one of my life's passions. I am currently scheduled to go to Ireland, Mexico, and potentially Japan to speak, in the next 6 months. I just got back from a speaking invitation in Germany.
What is your favorite hobby outside of medical practice?
Travel IS probably my biggest hobby. I travel a lot to speak, cover sports, and go to meetings in addition to vacations. There has never been a place that I have been where I have not found something I truly enjoyed or a different food type that was amazing. My new added piece for travel is to try to learn the language before I go. I learned some German for my last lecture so that I could do at least the first few slides in German.
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Before: I had a stress fracture in my L2 vertebrae with immense pain. I couldn’t perform in gymnastics like I used too. Now: I have no pain whatsoever and perform how I like. Backwalkovers with no pain! I never thought I’d have no pain again.
- M. DiBona
I am so grateful to you and your staff for the significant improvement I experienced under your supervision. When I first came to you, I was suffering extreme pain in both my shoulders and my hips, and now I can honestly say that I have regained a great deal of strength and flexibility in those areas. I owe it all to your professionalism, guidance, and expertise. Thank you so much for all your kindness.
- Fran R.
I want to thank Paul Vidal for helping me control my vertigo! Because of your treatment I have been able to continue running and was thrilled to be able to run the Broad St. race with my daughter! I can’t thank you enough.
- G. Thompson
Paul is great. He takes good care of our patients. The patients love him! I have sent several family members to him.