- Sports Medicine
Ankur Rishi Behl, M.D.
Dr. Behl graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he graduated with special distinction with a 4.0 GPA and ranked first in his class. Dr. Behl completed his orthopedic residency at Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals/John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He then went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University/Methodist Sports Medicine. During his fellowship, he furthered his skills in shoulder, knee, and hip arthroscopy and provided team coverage for local high schools, Indiana State University, and the Indianapolis Colts. Dr. Behl is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Candidate Member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
On Choosing to Become an Orthopaedic Surgeon
I’ve played sports my entire life, and with that comes the occasional injury. The first time I broke a bone, I decided I wanted to become an orthopaedic surgeon; to help athletes like me get back to what they love doing. In addition, my choice of profession was influenced by my passion for technology. When I was young, it was the only interest that rivaled my love of sports, and orthopaedic surgery is in many ways defined by the state-of-the-art technology it utilizes. Helping athletes recover using the cutting-edge tools of the field make orthopaedic medicine a fascinating and immensely rewarding profession for me.
On Specializing in Sports Medicine
I chose sports medicine because of my dedication to the athlete, but that term doesn’t just refer to the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears; an athlet is any person living an active lifestyle, from the high school basketball player to the elderly woman who loves to take daily walks. As a recreational athlete, I understand the importance of quickly recovering from an injury. I want to be the person these individuals can count on to get them back to the lifestyle and activities they love.
On My Philosophy of Patient Care
Treating patients with respect and compassion is the cornerstone of my approach to patient care. People come to me with pain and limitations in function, and I feel it is important to empathize with them and treat them as I would want to be treated. I also think it is important to always be available. That means being there on the sidelines and in the training room, on the weekends and late at night, making myself accessible whenever possible. The sooner I can treat a patient, the sooner I can get that patient on the road to recovery.
On Joining Team MOI
MOI believes in a team-oriented approach to patient care. The diverse array of sub-specialty trained physicians on staff work together to provide a comprehensive range of treatments. Regardless of the ailment or injury, MOI has a physician specially qualified to meet the needs of every individual, which leads to improved patient outcomes and higher levels of patient satisfaction.
When I’m Not Treating Patients
I enjoy watching and playing sports, working out, and spending time with my family. We are excited to move back to the area where my wife grew up, and we look forward to getting to know the people in this community.