Chris Murawski’s interest in science began in college, when he became fascinated with the human body.
He was particularly interested in the musculoskeletal system and he was curious about how injuries occurred as well as how and why some healed and others did not.
The interest of the Stroudsburg High School graduate in 2008 has led him to medical school, where he is about to graduate and complete a residency in orthopedic surgery.
He is not alone. Matt Poorman, who graduated from Stroudsburg two years later, also pursued a medical career and graduated from medical school this year. The couple are on the verge of making residencies in the same specialty.
Murawski was born and raised in Stroudsburg, where his parents still reside and where he travels as often as he can, which is quite ambitious since he goes to school at the University of Pittsburgh.
He played baseball growing up, always found himself researching injuries suffered by his favorite players, and learned the injuries and treatment required.
He played baseball in high school and suffered one too many ankle injuries that ultimately required surgery during the winter of his senior year. The operation was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he met Dr. John Kennedy, his surgeon.
âI mentioned in one of my appointments that I thought I was interested in orthopedic medicine,â Murawski said. âHe surprised me by saying that I should come work with him for the summer, so I did. I graduated from high school on a Thursday I think and was in his operating room on Monday morning. I spent the summer moving back and forth to (New York) that year, and eventually worked with him for four years in college. Dr Kennedy became my mentor and it was through this experience that I was introduced to research and came to love research very early on. “
After Stroudsburg High School, Murawski attended the University of Pittsburgh for four years and obtained a degree in neuroscience.
“Before I got my undergraduate degree from Pitt, I received an offer from Dr. Freddie Fu, Pitt’s president of orthopedic surgery, to work with him for two years before going to medical school,” he said. declared Murawski. âI did and learned a lot from him in the clinic, in research and in administration. He is a world leader in ACL surgery and it was and is an honor to work alongside him and to learn.
Eventually, Murawski was accepted to Pitt Medical School in 2014 and graduates this year. He will spend his residency at Pitt in orthopedics, winning one of eight places in a field of 800 applicants.
âResearch, primarily on the foot and ankle and ACL, has been an important part of my life for the past 10 years,â he said. “I have had the good fortune to travel to 30 different countries for lectures and presentations.”
Murawski has fond memories of his high school years.
âI think the science classes were very good, well thought out and taught you to think critically and be creative,â he said. âIt wasn’t just something where you just read a book and regurgitated it. It was extremely valuable as you prepared for college.
Murawski was also named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare in 2016, he said.
âI look back with great fondness on my stay in Stroudsburg and have fond memories of it. I am grateful that I received a great education which allowed me not only to dream, but to pursue a dream.
Poorman, from Stroudsburg, who is also embarking on orthopedics, met Murawski during the Little League era.
âIt’s great to know that someone from your hometown is in the same business as you,â he said.
Poorman said Stroudsburg High School offered a number of activities that made it well-rounded.
âThere was a good balance,â he said. “Being able to play college football and have great teachers and be successful academically is something I started at Stroudsburg High School.”
He graduated from Stroudsburg High School in 2010, attended DeSales University in Center Valley, and played on his basketball team.
âI’ve always been interested in science, taking anatomy classes as a biology major at DeSales,â Poorman said. âI enjoyed this stuff with anatomy and physiology. It got me thinking about the medical field and how you can help people.
Poorman spent time in Pittsburgh during his freshman year at college doing research that helped him turn to the field of medicine and sports medicine.
He said the medical school included a huge amount of material to learn, but the staff at Temple University, where he attended medical school, supported him and allowed the students to learn as a team. .
“It’s a good way to learn when there is so much to learn,” he said. “And you learn to work with people, which is so important in the medical profession.”
Orthopedics was a natural attraction for him.
âI really like the practical nature of the field,â he said of sports medicine. âYou are able to do surgery and improve the quality of people’s lives. It made me pretty sure this was the area I really wanted to go.