Parents will think nothing of taking their child out of state for a sports tournament. But those same parents will often have a difficult time driving across town to see a specialist for their child's care. One of my personal missions is to see pediatricians and physicians at local community hospitals change their inter-referral patterns so that a child is sent to the very best doctor at the very best facility for their care, rather than the closest or easiest facility to reach.In addition to working on minimally-invasive techniques for surgery, we are designing the next generation of spinal implants. Currently, many spinal surgeries result in the fusion of many vertebrae and discs that each have independent motion with metal rods, so that they remain in a straight position. Designs for future spinal implants will allow straightening while still permitting motion between these segments.In addition to providing guidance for difficult cases, my responsibility is to make this a fun place to go to work. I want everyone on the staff to know how that they are directly helping sick or injured children, and share the rewards of making children and families happy.