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Medford physician receives national recognition

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneDr. Patrick Denard examines Pam Huber’s shoulder Tuesday at the Southern Oregon Orthopedics office in Medford.

Patrick Denard, a physician at the Oregon Shoulder Institute in Medford, was ranked second for rotator cuff repair and 17th for shoulder replacement worldwide, according to the National Library of Medicine’s Expertscape.

The rankings are based on Denard’s scientific publications and research over the past decade.

Although the recognition was nice to receive, Denard said he hasn’t focused on it too much. Rather, his professional satisfaction stems from knowing that his research is making a positive impact on the lives of people around the world, he said.

“For me, it's just about finding something you love doing and then you really don't feel like you're working,” he said. “I don't really focus on the accomplishment so much. I just try to enjoy the process.”

Denard said research allows him to help advance the field of medicine and have a wider impact than if he only practiced

“If you really want to make a bigger impact,” Denard explained. “you have to try to contribute to the entire health care system or the global health care system.”

In addition to research, Denard serves as a clinical associate professor at Washington State University and as an instructor at Oregon Health and Science University. He also sees patients at the Oregon Shoulder Institute, where he was named a 2021 Castle Connelly Top Doctor, as voted by his peers.

“No person ever drowned in their own sweat,” he laughed.

He said he got into medicine because he enjoyed science growing up and wanted to be in a field where he could make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Denard said he believes that he can be a role model for students and show them that they don’t have to practice in a big academic center like Harvard or the Cleveland Clinic.

“You don't have to be in a big institution to do these things,” Denard said. “The reality is if you want to put in the effort, anybody can do it.”