Meet Dr. Michael Cannone:
Orthopedic Surgeon

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Hi, I’m Dr. Michael Cannone. I’ve always been interested in medicine since I was a little kid. My dad was a family doc, so I had a lot of experience around him and many other physicians. 

From the time I was probably about three or four years old, I just chased the dream of being in medicine and practicing medicine. So it’s been a long time plan and dream of mine. 

I completed my undergraduate work at Youngstown State University, and I attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Subsequently, I did an internship and residency here in Columbus, Ohio, at Doctors Hospital in orthopedic surgery. 

I did specialty training and fellowship for one year in Orlando, Florida, with a gentleman by the name of Tom Winters. And that fellowship was in sports medicine and reconstruction of the shoulder and knee. 

Once I completed that, I did a two-month trauma fellowship in Switzerland with a gentleman by the name of Tom Rudy, which was a very rewarding and interesting experience.

I’ve always been involved in sports my entire life. I thought I had the greatest opportunity to meld sports and medicine into one practice because I would be able to take care of the patient from the beginning to the end of the injury. 

And, I found that, as you take care of these sports-related injuries, these patients grow old with you. And so it flows right into a joint reconstruction practice, which continues to grow as I grow older.

I treat arthritis of the hip and knee from the standpoint of joint reconstruction. Regarding sports-related injuries, I primarily treat injuries to the knee and shoulder. If I’m taking care of a sports-related team, I’ll see just about any type of sports-related injury from them. 

But my primary focus is on sports medicine—arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder pathology. One of the biggest rewards of what we do is seeing patients get better quickly. 

By doing orthopedic surgery, you constantly get to see the rewards of your work. 

Suppose you have a patient that comes in and can’t stand up because the arthritis in their hips is so bad that they’re spending their life walking around and looking at the ground. In that case, you will see them come in very quickly after surgery, standing up straight, looking straight ahead, and sometimes even with a tear in their eye. 

I think one of the most inspirational things in my life is my kids—my daughter and my wife. Seeing them grow and become young adults and have an interest in what I’m doing, and asking on a day-to-day basis, “How was your day? What did you do today, dad?”

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