There are only a handful of medical doctors in the world with a spinal cord injury, and Dr. Glen House is one of the fearless of them all. From being the first person with a spinal cord injury to graduate with a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine to founding a pair of major companies, Dr. Glen House is a quadriplegic unlike any other.
Why he’s fearless
Looking at him today, a successful medical doctor in his mid forties, no one would’ve guessed this was where Dr. House was going to end up after his injury. He was injured when he was 20 years old in a skiing accident and became a C7 quad, losing the ability to move his hands, but he was not about to let that limit him from dreaming big.
There are lots of paraplegic doctors, but how many quadriplegic doctors are there? He is definitely one of the few. After graduating from the University of Washington, he completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at the Kessler institute for Rehabilitation (like many doctors with spinal cord injuries, he decided to go into what he knows best).
Dr. House landed his first job as in 2001 when he joined the medical team at Penrose-St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and by 2003, he had assumed the role of Medical Director. He is known as the regional expert on spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation (what I would have given to have a doctor like him when I was first injured), and he’s also the president of the Colorado Rehabilitation Physicians. Dr. House is no quiet family practice doctor.
But practicing medicine weren’t the only goals he wanted to achieve in life. The art of business is another area he’s interested in, and he founded the medical device company FlexLife. And in 2008, he founded Disaboom.com (based in his home state). Creating a vast social network for people with disabilities was something he wanted to achieve, and despite Disaboom closing shop in 2010, what the site did for the community when it was around is pretty great.
With Dr. House’s main drive in life – practicing medicine – going strong, he also did something really cool couple of years ago: He climbed the famous Pikes Peak, a 14,110 foot summit located in Colorado. The purpose of the climb was to knock down barriers and to show that people with disabilities can still accomplish amazing things. Read about his climb on the Huffington Post
And having a medical degree wasn’t enough for this over-achiever. In 2010, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado. This most likely was to get ready for his next business venture (which is still going strong), Adapta Medical, a catheter manufacturer. Check out Dr. House in a series of their videos (explaining catheters, catheter-use, basic SCI knowledge, etc) for the company.
While Dr. House may not be all over social media anymore and is instead laying low in Colorado Springs, practicing medicine and running his catheter company, he’s still doing so much good for the disability community. By living his life and being a doctor, he’s showing the world that people with spinal cord injuries can achieve anything.
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