Rising up in South Lebanon, Bobby Gallo couldn’t comprehend a life with out sports activities. However not even he may’ve imagined the trail his life would take.
On reflection, all of it is sensible now. Not solely is he nonetheless linked to sports activities, however he’s been blessed with a chance to present again, he’s making a distinction in his neighborhood and he’s serving to native student-athletes extract absolutely the most from their scholastic experiences.
It’s Dr. Robert Gallo now, professor of Orthopedic Sports activities Medication at Penn State’s School of Medication in Hershey. A 1994 graduate of Cedar Crest Excessive College and a resident of Palmyra, Gallo is a part of the sports activities medication groups – as soon as known as the “crew physician” – for Northern Lebanon, Lebanon, Annville-Cleona, Lebanon Valley School, and the Harrisburg Senators.
Briefly, he’s dwelling his dream, or actuality’s model of it.
“As a child, sports activities have been my complete life,” mentioned Gallo. “I realized learn how to learn and do math on the again of baseball playing cards. I simply couldn’t think about a life with out some type of sports activities in it.
“I truthfully struggled in faculty (with the selection of) turning into a sportswriter or a health care provider,” he continued. “I feel it was type of bizarre making an attempt resolve between the 2. However I feel they’re extra alike than you’ll assume. In every one you’re continuously studying and also you’re assembly with folks. However in medication, I really feel like I’ve extra private enter into the wellbeing of individuals.”
Clearly, Gallo made the precise resolution.
As a professor of Orthopedic Sports activities Medication, there are 4 foremost elements to Gallo’s duties – instructing, scientific, surgical and neighborhood service. However what piques Gallo’s skilled curiosity is the folks.
“I feel it’s the relationships,” he mentioned, when pressed for his favourite facet of what he does. “My greatest day is interviewing faculty college students for medical faculty. You’re seeing individuals who wish to assist different folks. I generally use that to refresh myself. However I take pleasure in all three elements of my work.
“It’s not like I’m not being compensated,” he added. “Nevertheless it’s so cool when you possibly can assist folks out. It’s necessary to me. I do derive very a lot pleasure from going to varsities that don’t have as many assets as others. However they’re all necessary to me.”
Gallo has gained a fame as one of many space’s most educated consultants within the remedy and examine of anterior cruciate ligament accidents, probably the most frequent accidents in all of scholastic sports activities. Over his 14-year profession, he has carried out over 700 ACL surgical procedures, a lot of which have been suffered by Lebanon County student-athletes.
“To have the ability to restore somebody’s capacity to play, particularly after an ACL tear, it’s fairly superior,” mentioned Gallo. “Then to go to video games and see youngsters who tore their ACLs on the market competing once more, it’s so rewarding. Once they go to varsity, I inform them ‘Preserve me within the loop.’ I feel it’s so cool to see their progress on the subsequent degree. Some will use it as inspiration to go on and do one thing within the health-care area.
“I do derive enjoyment from going out and serving to on the sidelines (at native athletic occasions). Folks get to see you and other people get to know you. I’ve a connection to and an affinity for Lebanon County.”
After graduating from Penn State’s College of Medication in 2002, Gallo accomplished his orthopedic surgical procedure residency at Allegheny Normal Hospital in Pittsburgh and a sports activities medication and shoulder fellowship at The Hospital for Particular Surgical procedure in New York Metropolis. Gallo, who starred as a tennis participant throughout his Cedar Crest years, can be poised to turn out to be the director for the orthopedic residency program at Penn State Well being Milton S. Hershey Medical Middle.
“I feel a part of the notion of going into medication is to assist folks, however it’s additionally since you wish to study,” mentioned Gallo, 46. “These (the superior education years) have been a few of my most fulfilling occasions of my life. You’re seeing so many good and unhealthy issues. You’re see trauma on a regular basis and also you see folks’s reside change immediately endlessly. It positively makes you much less of a danger taker.
“My mother was an administrator on the Lebanon Valley Normal Hospital (later the Hyman S. Caplan Pavilion),” he continued. “I used to be all the time uncovered to medication. These have been large years for me. I used to be all the time surrounded by that, and I bought good grades, so that you’re type of pushed in that route.”
There’s an adage in sports activities that claims laborious staff make their very own good luck. Nonetheless a younger man, Gallo could be very a lot on prime of his recreation and really a lot on the prime of his career. There exist many remaining objectives for him to attain.
“As you become older, you begin occupied with your legacy and the way folks will bear in mind you,” mentioned Gallo. “I’ve been unbelievable fortunate to be surrounded by nice individuals who taken time to help me. I’ve nice dad and mom; I went to nice faculties and I’ve been extremely fortunate. And I’ve had nice companions and colleagues. It’s not simple to seek out an instructional sports activities medication job. I’m indebted to Hershey.”
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