Christine Ho, M.D.
Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Children’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UT Southwestern
WHAT SHE DOES: Specializes in the hand and upper extremities; for example, repairs congenital hand disorders and addresses issues related to traumatic injuries.
WHY THE HAND: “The first thing we do when we meet someone is shake their hand. I like restoring function, but with the hand, appearance also matters so much.”
WHY SHE’S HERE: “Helping kids is so pure. They have no agendas. They’re very honest.”
ROLEMODEL: Her dad was a gastroenterologist in Wichita Falls. Seeing how many people he helped in a small town motivated her to pursue medicine.
BALANCING ACT: She and her husband, also an orthopedic surgeon, try not to be overcautious parents, but their jobs mean they parent with an eye on preventing traumatic injuries. Both their kids, ages 1 and 4, took survival swimming lessons before age 1, and there’s a “no trampoline” policy at their house. “You don’t want your kids to live in a bubble and grow up being fearful, but we are very careful parents.”
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