What am I up to?

“Not always this laid back”

“Not always this laid back”

Thank you for asking. I am asked this question so often. This phase may just be a salutation, but I have learned many have a curiosity about my various endeavors. A blog seemed like the best way to answer this question on a regular basis. In addition, this blog provides a means for me to keep track in an organized fashion of what I am up to.

The purpose is to record and relate what I am up to these days. The information will be in one place for recording memoirs and historical events. It will be a place to document the present and consider the future.
I expect to regularly make entries concerning various categories: physician/surgeon; medical research and development; the golf adventures and Life. You may see a recent post or follow the topic that might interest you.

Let me know what you think as this blog will becomes my “Lectronic Legacy” in what ever time remains.

Physician/Surgeon

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

In the course of my practice I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. This resulted in hundreds of surgeon visitors, such that Ingham Medical Center in Lansing created the first operating room dedicated to arthroscopic surgery including a glass wall for visitors to comfortably observe surgery.

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

First and foremost I am a physician/surgeon. No matter a physician’s special interest, the medical license says physician/surgeon. In the course of my medical practice, medicine became very specialized, me included. I went from medical doctor, to board certified orthopedic surgeon to arthroscopic surgeon. My business card indicated such. I did not go so far as to do only left knees and right elbows. When I saw this unfolding, I changed my business card my roots, a “new” specialty called Physician/Surgeon.

 

 

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Inventions/Patents

Inventions/Patents

Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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Golf

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

I started golf at age 11 a Burroughs Farms, a family recreational area for employees of Burroughs Adding Machine Company. This facility is now called Oak Pointe, west of Brighton, MI. I played on Royal Oak High School team which won the Michigan State High School Championship in 1951 (not a misprint on year). My last year at Michigan State and sfter I was admitted to medical school, I played #3 man on Michigan State College (at that time) golf team. My best competitive score was two under 70 against Notre Dame. I have enjoyed 3 holes in one, the longest being 265 yards in 1955. I played a few local country club invitationals over the years, winning once at the Lansing Country club with Otto Schubel.

Long hiatus in golf due to medical school and practice, but in 2002, I slipped on the ice after a Michigan State basketball game and dislocated my shoulder. This resulted in rotator cuff repair and exploring one handed putting. This led to interest in putting and putter design. This led to meeting Howard Twitty, former PGA tour player and the rest is history and daily documentation of new events now reflected in this blog’s “What are you up to in Golf”

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Life & life

Open Bible

Open Bible

These are musings about Life and life. Notice the capital letter on the first Life. The reason is that it is a synonym or code name for the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He called himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. Over the years I have lived an imperfect life (not capitalized) which is one of the qualifications for becoming and remaining a Christian. There is a fun scripture that rhetorically says, “Does a well man need a doctor?” Only those with faults need apply.

I have written a number of manuscripts about Life and life. One such many people Christian or not have appreciated is my insight to what goes on in the operating room which resulted in a prayer for those undergoing surgery. (use the form to the right to sign up and get this free)

I have written a short manuscript on “A Physician Looks at Scriptural Healing”. Being a medical doctor and a Christian it was of interest to me, what the Bible recorded about healing. So it was important to me to make this study in light of my clinical experiences. I want the proceeds from this to go directly to Fresh Wind Christian Community in Benzie County, MI.

This section will have many other reflections on Life and life as we go along.

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Answering the frequently asked question (FAQ) of what am I up to now?

A BLOG seemed the best and most efficient means of answering the FAQs on a regular basis.  It might be said that I wear multiple hats or have many interests.  Discovery in medicine will always be the main topic.  However there are other categories; Golf Adventures, Inventions, and some Christian writings.  Hopefully the BLOG will be a format to tell what I am up to in each of these main endeavors.  It seems almost daily there are interesting events; at least to me. Perhaps the events may be of interest to others.

I want to make it clear, I am not retired.  Retirement it is bad for one’s health.  I concluded my clinical practice in 1995, but work regularly in these various endeavors.  I do not see anywhere in the Bible where retirement is to be desired or realized.  I have told my daughters that I will not be speaking at my retirement party.

From time to time I will answer publicly herein those questions that recently surfaced and may be of general interest.  I will not be recording what I had on my hot dog at a ball game, let alone focus on mundane events.

I trust I will accomplish the intended goal of answering “What am I up to?”

NFL Player Protests from Business Perspective

9/23/2017: The NFL players fail to understand the following principles of business.  A company must have a good product, service and a public image for success.  In the NFL the player may be very good and play well and has the right to public protest.  What the player is missing is that the NFL team and the league is a business.  That should be apparent to them by the large salaries the players enjoy.  The team’s business income comes  from TV ads based upon viewership.  The viewership is directly related to public image.  Does the potential viewer who is paying for the NFL product may like the product; i.e the players, their performance, but however as important is the public image.  The NFL suffers historically from public image on drugs and domestic violence.  Now many of the the potential customers are not in sympathy with a few players disrespect for the American Flag or National anthem.  Patriotism still exists in the sports paying sector of America. They have voted with their absence on TV viewing.  In addition they have voited with their feet, noted by the vacant seats at the Los Angeles NFL team home games.  It is a matter of missing an important business principle, public image, which I normally put in the category of silent killers.  However in this case it is not so silent.

For Your Discernment

9/18/2017: This is for one’s discernment.

The #1 thing on the Internet in last few days is the September 23rd potential event.

I just listened to this presentation from the Biblical perspective that I think is worthy of one’s attention.

It is about prophecy.  I believe it is a balance presentation.

www.daystar.com/ondemand/video/?video=5576273544001

Start by fast forwarding to the 19 minute mark to avoid the preamble.  I goes on to 58 minutes.

If nothing more it is the educational on various Bible prophecies, yet without any pronouncements or day or hour.

However, we as Christians are to know the season.

Is it not more than social justice?

9/2/2017:

Is it not more than social justice?  The cry for social justice today is an incomplete banner for the mission.

I was reading where I saw that the Lord God of Israel was for righteousness and justice, but also mercy and truth.

This is written in Psalm 89:14; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

The plea on the banner to be lifted up should also say the following:

Societal Righteousness: This is so foreign that it not only is interesting idea, but truly absent.

Societal Mercy: Have you seen this lately?

Societal Truth: When was the last time that was prevalent?

However, these three are absent from the conversation that should be permeating our society.

“and now you know the rest of the story” video of recent lecture

9/1/2017: I have posted in YouTube a lecture I was invited to give to the FischBone Society of sport medicine orthopedic surgeons.  This group of surgeons were mentored by David Fischer, M.D.  Dr. Fischer holds an annual meeting and asked me to address the group on “What Really Matters”.  I made an attempt to record the audio, but for some reason that failed.  So I have made a video of the PowerPoint presentation and repeated the audio of the lecture.  Unfortunately the audience reaction is absent.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWbRisrzrxo to see and hear this lecture having the theme made so popular by Paul Harvey, “and now you have heard the rest of the story”.  I relate natural events in my medical career and my life mentors influence therein.

My Interview Featured on a Podcast

August 16, 2017: My interview is on http://bigimpactpodcast.libsyn.com/big-impact-podcast-28-dr-lanny-johnson

A long time friend, Bill Hobson of Michigan Golf Live has launched this program.

“When it is nice in Michigan, it is not nicer anywhere”

July 4, 2017: “When it is nice in Michigan, it is not nicer anywhere”  my father’s favorite saying.

The view from our deck across Lake Michigan.

A Truth for Trump’s Tweets

6/29/2017: This is the antidote for Trump’s Tweets.

Proverbs 17:28: “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”