Alumni Surgeon Heals TJ’s Head of Security
As TJ’s head of security and safety, Robert (Bob) McCormick spends all day on his feet. He orchestrates the movement of cars and buses on campus during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up (photo at right) and patrols the school halls, perimeter, and parking lot to enforce rules, keep out intruders, and spot potentially dangerous circumstances. On nice days, he enjoys spending his lunch hour walking around the school’s track.
A decorated three-season athlete in high school, McCormick played football and basketball in college and pursued a professional baseball career. As co-founder of the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Fairfax Stars girls basketball program, he has coached national-level teams for 20 years, taking many to the “Sweet 16.”
After feeling pain in his hip while playing golf, he talked to an orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with Fairfax Stars, who ordered an MRI and diagnosed the problem as arthritis. The team physician then suggested McCormick see Dr. Nitin Goyal, one of the area’s leading practitioners of a new hip replacement technique known as the “direct anterior approach,” which promises less postoperative pain, accelerated recovery, and fewer complications than older techniques.
McCormick met with Dr. Goyal, who has performed more than 1,200 surgeries using the technique and performs the most complex hip and knee replacement procedures in the region. The doctor identified him as a candidate for an anterior replacement and gave him several options. McCormick opted for surgery.
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia, 2005
- Graduated top of his class
- Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Internship & Residency: Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2005-2010
- Everett J. Gordon Award to Chief Orthopaedic Resident demonstrating “most outstanding clinical and surgical achievement”
Fellowship: Rothman Institute, 2010-2011
- Specialized training in complex knee and hip reconstruction
Co-editor of two joint replacement textbooks, author of several articles in major orthopaedic journals
“The surgery took place on Aug. 9th, and it took just 45 minutes to complete. When I woke up, I was told that everything went perfectly. Shortly after that, I was visited by Dr. Goyal. He asked how I felt, and said that in a few minutes I would be asked to get up and walk with the aid of a walker, which I did fifteen minutes later.
“While we were discussing rehabilitation, it came up that I worked at TJ, and he told me he attended TJ as a high school student. He then told me that he was amazed that after helping pioneer this surgical technique, and writing two books on the subject, so many people selected him for surgery simply because he had attended TJ. (Of course, I wasn’t one of them, but it was an amazing coincidence.)
“Four hours after starting the surgery, I walked out of the facility with the aid of a walker. Four days after surgery I was able to walk on my own without a walker or cane, and a week later I was walking up to two miles on my own. I had virtually no pain, and the only discomfort was the normal swelling from the ten-centimeter incision area. I went to work three weeks after surgery, and by then was walking between four and five miles a day. At my first surgical review one month after surgery, I was informed that I could resume normal activities, work out with weights, etc., and that in two weeks I could begin chipping and putting.
“I’m happy to say I’ve been playing eighteen holes for a month already and feel great. I am ever thankful for Dr. Goyal’s expertise and care.”