Gregory Lundeen, MD, MPH
Reno Orthopedic Clinic, Foot & Ankle Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship Director
UNR Med Clinical Associate Professor
Each day our community faculty illustrate their commitment to educating future healthcare professionals through their passion for teaching and examples of excellence. The Office for Community Faculty would like to shine a spotlight on one of the greatest assets of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, our community faculty. You are making a difference in the lives of students, patients, and in our communities.
This month’s Community Faculty Spotlight is Dr. Gregory Lundeen, written by Abrianna Robles, MS3.
Starting medical school and 3rd year clerkships can be both exciting and overwhelming. There is so much to learn in what seems like a short amount of time. These long and difficult years are made warmer and more enjoyable by the company of patient and passionate physicians willing to dedicate time and energy to the development of UNR Med physicians-in-training. One of these physicians is Dr. Gregory Lundeen, an orthopedic surgeon at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic (ROC).
Dr. Lundeen went to medical school at the University of Utah and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. After completing a fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Dr. Lundeen moved to Reno and joined the ROC in 2006. He has been a Community Faculty member for over 10 years. When asked about his time as Community Faculty, he states, “my favorite part about being a member of UNR’s Community Faculty is that it still gives me access to the University and its resources which allows me the rewarding experience of engaging with and teaching students.”
From the medical student perspective, each day spent with Dr. Lundeen is academically engaging as well as full of learning, laughter and fun. Abrianna Robles, MS3, comments, “Dr. Lundeen really takes the time to get to know the students he works with on a personal level and constantly instills confidence in students’ clinical knowledge and surgical skills through a hands-on approach. His impressive surgical technique, sense of humor and infectious positivity make him a fantastic role model and a joy to learn from.” In addition to taking the time to train medical students, Lundeen is so passionate about teaching that he established a Foot & Ankle fellowship program in Reno in conjunction with UC Davis in 2013. This provides medical students a unique opportunity to also collaborate with orthopedic fellows when working with him.
Thanks to Community Faculty members like Dr. Lundeen, students at UNR are able to participate in research, learn more about surgical residency, and understand the true meaning of being a physician. Dr Lundeen comments, “practicing medicine means many things, including caring for patients and putting their care above your own and continuing to be involved in the health care process related to leadership, research and education.” He advises medical students, “I think it’s important to always remember why you are doing what you’re doing, and to make sure to stay engaged in your work so that you keep your enthusiasm high and so that your role as a physician never gets stale.”
Outside of medicine, Lundeen enjoys getting outside through skiing and mountain biking, traveling to new places and exploring the food and wine in that region, listening to 80s new wave, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future!
Thank you for your service Dr. Lundeen, we appreciate you.