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mentors along the way to mold me into the surgeon I am today.” Through all of it, he’s been able to build muscle and stay in shape. Gough routinely awakes at 4 a.m. and hits the gym by 4:30 a.m. He works out for an hour and a half, goes to surgery or the clinic and sometimes returns to the gym in the evening. He works out five days a week and does cardio workouts in addition to that. “For me, it’s all about eating healthy,” he says. “I don’t eat a whole lot of carbs. I have good fat and protein.That’s what has really changed my life. I eliminated sugar and processed food. I firmly believe that’s the way to go.” He also enjoys mountain biking, which is why he doesn’t lift weights often. “As a racer, for mountain biking, you want to be as skinny as possible because you need to go uphill,” he says. “It’s important to me to burn calories so you feel strong and look good.” Gough practices within the Orthopaedic Institute of the West, which he helped form, and he has operating privileges at Scottsdale Abrazo Hospital, Liberty Hospital and surgery
centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale. He is working to build a robotic center of excellence for hip and knee replacement surgery. He also trains other surgeons on cutting-edge techniques in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement. Showing he’s in good shape, is one of the ways in which he gives back to the community. He also works with the free Magis Clinic; Madonna School, an educational facility for mentally handicapped children; Habitat for Humanity; and Sienna St. Francis Clinic, a free clinic in a homeless shelter. Through it all, he just wants good results for his patients. “I feel like often times I spend more time with patients who need to lose weight,” he says. “If I can help somebody lose weight through my story, I’ve done my job.” Dr. Brandon Gough Orthopaedic Institute of the West 6950 E. Chauncey Lane, Phoenix 623-873-8565, goughmd.com
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