You What?

Dr. Alan McGee, President and Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopaedics Northeast; Physician Executive, Orthopedic Service Line, Parkview Health
Sep 8, 2023
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Describe yourself in three words. Humble, disciplined, aggressive. 

What book has had the greatest impact on you? The Bible.

What famous person would you most like to meet? Barack Obama.

What do you actually do at your job? I perform spinal surgery.

What do you love most about Fort Wayne? My family.

What was your first job? Landscaping.

What is your greatest accomplishment? My five children.

Who is your hero? My dad.

What is your dream job? I’m doing it!

What is your biggest pet peeve? Laziness.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you? Denzel Washington.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party (living, dead, famous, real or fictional)? Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Malcom X and Michael Jordan.

If you had a time machine, where and to what time period would you travel? America in 2070.

Who would you like to see perform in concert? Beyoncé. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Africa.

What does your workout regimen consist of? Several different things — the treadmill, bike, elliptical and light weights.

What profession would you never try? Airline pilot or professional skydiver.

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? Racism.

What’s one thing you can’t live without? Love.

What’s your biggest fear? Dying before my kids become adults.

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. Dr. R.B. Wilson.

What is one important skill you think everyone should have? Know how to swim.

What skill would you like to master? Public speaking.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal in? Sleeping at sporting events.

What fad do you wish would come back or stay gone forever? Platform shoes should stay gone.

What age do you wish you could permanently be and why? I’d like to be in my 40s for health and maturity.

Who was your first celebrity crush? Halle Berry.

What was the last gift you gave someone? A car.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Alligator.

What is the most productive time of day for you? Very early morning.

If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? Hard work and perseverance.

What moment in your life would you most like to go back and relive? The birth of my children.

What do you collect? Tequila.

What trait or habit in yourself do you deplore? My critical nature.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? What are they? I have an extreme sweet tooth.

What is something that never fails to make you laugh? The movie “Happy Gilmore” with Adam Sandler.

Do you have a nickname? Doc.

In what city did you grow up? Fort Wayne.

What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? “The Ten Commandments.”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A physician.

What is your favorite part of your job? Performing surgeries.

Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it? The Golden Rule.

Where will you go on your next vacation? Hawaii.

If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Be true to yourself.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Never give up.

If you hosted a talk show, who would be your first guest? Barack Obama.

If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds? Love and respect each other.

If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing? I’d focus on education and self-reliance.

What gets you excited and driven to achieve? Someone doubting me.

If you could know the answer to one of life’s mysteries, which mystery would you choose? What happens after death?

What is your earliest memory? Taking a bath in a metal tub outdoors in Mississippi.

When were you happiest? Today.


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