Atlanta is chock-full of interesting movers and shakers, some bent on creativity, living the good life, and in this case, devoting decades to helping others. Lean in to hear some of the off the-cuff-remarks about what makes orthopedist Steve Wertheim tick.
Dr Steven Wertheim is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He has been in practice for 33 years and has performed more than 12,000 surgeries.
Wertheim was one of just 21 orthopedic surgeons internationally recognized by the Arthroscopy Association of North America as a Distinguished Arthroscopy Leader and fellow. He was listed in Atlanta magazine as a top doctor for many years. He also has served as a team physician for many professional, college and high school teams and athletes as well as an Olympic physician and a physician for the U.S. Maccabi teams in Israel and South America.
Wertheim served as president of Resurgens Orthopaedics for 20 years, leading the growth of the practice from seven physicians to more than 100. Resurgens now has 21 offices and over 1000 employees.
He got his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and did his orthopedic surgery residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He then served as an assistant professor of orthopedics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Jesse Nicholson teaching award.
Wertheim has served in leadership positions in AIPAC, Congregation Or Hadash and Maccabi USA.
He has been married to Melinda for 39 years and has three daughters and six grandchildren.
Find out how “the doc” is a tennis and golf ace.
If I had not become a physician, I would have been a …
A tennis coach. I led a disadvantaged youth tennis team to a city championship.
“A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham. I enjoy mysteries by Dan Silva, Harlan Coben and James Patterson.
Safaris in Kenya and South Africa. Biking in Vietnam, Cambodia and Israel.
If I had one more talent
Be able to play piano and sing on key.
I was star struck meeting
Shimon Peres. An incredible visionary who lived his life for his country.
My children would say
You’re too old for climbing on swing sets with grandkids, crawling on the ground after them, and trying to ski and weightlift with us …
Most unusual feat
Playing golf, I shot two holes in one on the same day!
Rich, fancy meals with a nice California cabernet like Scarecrow.
What’s your take on today’s political climate?
I’m very involved in political fundraising for candidates who support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and have a personal relationship with congressmen and senators on both sides of the aisle. I wish people would listen to what candidates actually say and vote instead of just labeling them by political party or what they hear on Twitter or Facebook.
Health advice for 2021
To live a healthy lifestyle: exercise, eat healthy, watch your weight and get enough sleep.