On February 3rd, the nation came together to celebrate a group of professionals that deserve 100% of the glory: women physicians. National Women Physician Day gives due credit to women, who have worked long and hard to get to where they are today, and Orthopaedic Specialists, PLLC is quite a special place, as we get to celebrate women physicians everyday – we’re owned and operated by our very own female physician, Dr. Stacie Grossfeld, M.D.
We might be a little late to Women Physician Day, but we figured that International Women’s Day was just as fitting!
About Dr. Grossfeld, M.D.
Dr. Stacie L. Grossfeld started her journey to being the double bard-certified orthopaedic surgeon she is today as a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency at the University of Minnesota and then additionally completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Fowler- Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. Now, Dr. Grossfeld is an independent, non-hospital employed orthopedic surgeon practicing in private practice at Orthopedic Specialists in Louisville, Kentucky and double board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and in sports medicine, also through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
To get Dr. Grossfeld’s extensive history, opportunities, awards, achievements, and work, visit her About page on the website! To celebrate her practice and work, we got a small interview to get her perspective on how it feels to be a woman in the medical field, along with a few get-to-know-you questions for her patients to enjoy!
An Interview with Dr. Grossfeld
What interests you most about your area of work?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Every day is different. Every patient has different problems and needs and it’s extremely rewarding to help patients regain their mobility, independence, and return to their job or sporting activity!
What is your favorite part of your work?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Truly helping people is my favorite part. When the patients come back in the office and I see that they are so happy to be out of pain, it’s the best feeling ever.”
When going through medical school, what was the most challenging for you?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Medical School required a lot of information to be learned at a rapid pace. I made sure I studied really hard everyday so that I never had to cram for exams, because that would have been too stressful for me, personally. However, I really had to be super focused and put most of my life on hold during those years because the intensity of medical school, and I found that to be very challenging for who I am and my personality.”
If you weren’t double board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, what areas or other careers do you think you would be practicing in?
Dr. Grossfeld: “The fashion industry, for sure! I think I would fit right in working for the House of Gucci or the House of Chanel, personally.”
In your opinion, what are the best opportunities your work has brought you?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Besides the day-to-day opportunity to work with my patients, the ability the teach other doctors and mentor other females in business and in medicine has been something I love doing and am extraordinarily grateful for.”
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Dr. Grossfeld: “In my free time, I am avidly into sports! I love to play tennis, ride my bike, ski, and do various other stuff with my family.”
What accomplishments have you achieved and which are you most proud of?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Personally, I’m most proud of being able to run my own practice, teach the U of L residents, and still continue to be able to maintain a home-life with my husband and son.”
We thought it might be pertinent to mention that there is a very long list of other accolades listed on her page, including:
The recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO) Small Business Owner of the Year Award in 2016
The Most Compassionate Doctor Award
A place on the Top Ten Orthopedic Doctor list in Louisville, Kentucky
The Patient’s Choice Award as a top-rated doctor on vitals.com
The YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year award given to her by the Norton Commons YMCA
Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC has received the 2017 Business of the Year Award from Louisville Business First
When (or if) you plan to retire, what will you miss most about your work?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Ha! Good question – my husband asks me what I am going to do when I retire and my answer is always ‘work’. I would miss the daily interaction with the patients, my staff, and the residents. But I don’t think I could stop working and contributing and learning! I’ve thought about perhaps opening up a glass blowing studio or starting a community garden when the time comes.”
Have you ever found it difficult to be a female physician?
Dr. Grossfeld: “I have not, but I know that many women in ortho have, as closely-tied to sports as it is, and they are infinitely deserving of National Women Physician Day. We all know how it is when it comes to most men and sports – they want to be as close to the action as possible, and that means that it can be very competitive and male-dominated in some areas (most areas, actually, since only about 11% of practicing orthopedic surgeons in the US were women in 2022). Fortunately, I was in a residency that had a lot of female residents, and I have received countless compliments from patients that state they feel female doctors listen better and are more compassionate compared to male doctors, so I would strongly advise not letting the gender disparity stop women from entering the field of ortho medicine!”
Is there any advice you would give to other women going into the medical field?
Dr. Grossfeld: “Do what you love; this is a career, not a job, and we cannot do it all. You’ll need help if you are going to have a family – either a husband that works from home or close relatives that can help raise your kids. It truly takes a village in this line of work!”
National Women Physician Day acknowledges the roadblocks and barriers that have been presented to women throughout history, and honors how they paved the way for today’s generation of women. Although there is still struggle and gender disparity, we’re slowly closing it. To learn more about the history behind National Women Physician Day, visit the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s blog!
If you or someone you love has suffered a sports injury in the Louisville, Kentucky-area, double board-certified sports medicine physician Dr. Stacie Grossfeld at Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC can help. Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC is accepting new patients, and same day appointments can be available. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC today at 502-212-2663.