Dr. Ryan Beck is an orthopaedic surgeon with the Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky. He is originally from Marshall County and married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen. They have three kids, Paxton, Bailey, and Cora, and are also proud parents of their Great Dane puppy, Moses.
“I am an imperfect follower of Christ, as well as a husband, dad, son, brother, and friend. My profession has blessed me with a career of using my mind and hands to help others. It is what I was meant to do. The powers tools are an added bonus!” says Dr. Ryan Beck.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
I was fortunate during high school to have a Health Careers Program at Marshall County led by one of my all-time favorite teachers, Sandy David. I was exposed to every area of healthcare and was a certified nursing assistant before I was even a high school graduate. During these same years, I sustained multiple sports injuries that landed me in the presence of many specialists. Becoming an orthopaedic surgeon was something I had never thought about before these injuries, but after my first exposure to the profession, I knew it was what I wanted to become. I knew I had to pursue it as my career.
What is your favorite part about your job?
It’s hard to pick just one positive aspect of my job, but I genuinely get excited when I’m able to care for kids. I see my own children in every one of the kids that come into the office or in the Emergency Room for a fracture. If they are seeing me, it’s obviously not a good day for them, but my goal is to make their day a little better.
I will never forget the first pediatric patient I cared for upon returning home to practice medicine. She came back for a follow-up appointment with a flower. To this day, that flower is sitting on my desk. With a little luck, it will remain there for the duration of my career.
Do you have a favorite story about helping a patient that comes to mind?
I am not sure if I can narrow it down to just one patient, but perhaps I can generalize to my favorite type of patient, which are the people of my community and region that, knowingly or not, helped shape who I am today. I get an enormous amount of satisfaction and joy when I can help a person in this area who has the confidence to seek care close to home. I feel like the Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky has set a precedence in the region for delivering exceptional care that one could expect in a major metropolitan area. We’re fortunate to have access to it here in Western Kentucky. I’m just proud to be a part of it and hope to continue that legacy.