While serving as an Army cadet, Thomas M. DeBerardino, MD, became inspired to pursue a career in medicine by the orthopaedic surgeons who cared for the injuries he had sustained during his service. He first earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1985 and then became qualified for a full scholarship to medical school, sponsored by the U.S. Army. He attended New York Medical College, from which he graduated with an MD in 1989. He subsequently became board-certified in sports medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed both his internship and residency at the Tripler Army Medical Center. Today, he is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery for the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.