Today, Doctor Eric Heiden is achieving a different kind of success – as an orthopaedic surgeon following in his father's footsteps and fulfilling a lifelong dream to practice medicine.
Park City, Utah (Vocus) February 16, 2010 -- Thirty years ago, Eric Heiden became the first athlete to win five gold medals at a single Olympic Winter Games, setting world and Olympic records and sweeping all five individual speed skating events. It's a feat no other skater has ever accomplished. He dominated the sport, set 15 world records, and after retiring, successfully competed as a cyclist, winning a U.S. championship and racing in the 1986 Tour de France.
Today, Doctor Eric Heiden is achieving a different kind of success – as an orthopaedic surgeon following in his father's footsteps and fulfilling a lifelong dream to practice medicine. It's a passion he pursues with the same drive and dedication he displayed as a world-class athlete. And just as he did while training to race, he embraces new ideas to make Heiden Orthopaedics, his Park City, Utah, practice, the best that it can be.
"There is a fine line between being successful and not being successful,” said Heiden. "Whether it's in sports or medicine or some other profession, you always need to do that little bit extra, try that little bit harder. You have to keep an open mind, watch what's going on in other industries, and then be willing to incorporate new ideas and new technologies that will allow you to do what you do even better.”
Dr. Heiden recently put that philosophy into practice at his own clinic. He is in the process of implementing a revolutionary records management software system that will take Heiden Orthopaedics to the cutting edge of informat
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