“Perfect Pitch” – Dr. Milne Featured in Stlmag.com
It’s a Monday morning in late June, and the St. Louis Cardinals are second in the division—but they’re in trouble. Over the weekend, starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia were both put on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.
Now, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Milne, is on the phone with his mentor, world-famous shoulder surgeon Dr. Richard Hawkins. “You always bounce those things off your mentors,” Milne says.
It was the same when he started practicing medicine, after a short stint as a banker. Dr. Dan Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys’ head physician, told Milne, “Do what you do. Don’t do what you don’t do just because you know how to do it.” So Milne specialized in shoulder and knee surgery. “I don’t swing at a lot of pitches,” he says, “because I want to hit all home runs.”