In Baltimore, six of the top 10 private employers are health-care-related. That's thousands of doctors working in the area, nearly 7,000 in just the city and Baltimore County.
Medicine is this region's lifeblood, one could say.
With so many people contributing so much to the health of the Baltimore area, we wanted to zero in on some of the newest talent in the pool. The 10 physicians and surgeons featured here are already catching people's eyes as up-and-coming stars in their fields, doing exciting things now and with promise for even more in the future.
Jason Stein, 34( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / September 12, 2010 )
Orthopedic surgeon, Union Memorial
When Jason Stein was younger, he thought he wanted to be a veterinarian. That is, until he realized how many people put their pets to sleep rather than pay for procedures that could make them better.
He decided to treat people instead, where those kinds of decisions aren't on the table. With orthopedics, he boils down his job description to one simple line: "I take patients with a lot of pain and make them feel better. I don't save lives; I just try to make them better."
Specifically, Stein repairs people's elbows and shoulders -- mending fractures, torn rotator cuffs, the stiffness and soreness of arthritis.
"Our goal is to get them back to their lives, playing tennis, playing golf," says Stein, who lives in Lutherville with his wife and their 7-month-old son. "If I can do that, it makes my job pretty satisfying."