Kevin G. Mitts, MD
"We need to encourage healthy lifestyles."
Military service is a Mitts family tradition. "My father was in the Navy, so I moved a lot as kid," remembers Kevin Mitts, MD. "He was into space suits and navy gear. High-tech materials, textiles - that was his thing." For the younger Mitts, however, the military was his route to becoming a doctor.
A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mitts has been in Berkshire County for over a decade. "Becoming a general orthopaedist, with an emphasis on sports medicine, was a natural offshoot of my experience," he says. "In the military, I got to work on almost every joint."
Dr. Mitts makes a point of staying up-to-date. "I'm helping develop advanced techniques in joint replacement surgeries to make them less invasive. I'm interested in more specialized implants, in advanced materials such as ceramic and metal-on-metal implants, and gender-specific implants. We're also working on computer-assisted navigation for joint replacement surgery." Despite all the cutting-edge work being done, he is quick to add, "What I'm good at is general orthopaedics."
As a student at Humbolt State University, Mitts decided "doctoring seemed a good combination of knowledge and brain power and the best way to apply myself. I was a good science student, but a good communicator, too." A graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, he spent his residency in San Diego at the Naval Medical Center. Later he served in Somalia with the Marines and was director of surgical services at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Mitts sees community education as essential. "Doctors can make a difference. Patients must take an active role in prevention and health maintenance," he explains. "They should reach for their walking shoes or snow shoes instead of their Lipitor. We need to encourage healthy lifestyles - staying active, non-impact activities, maintaining fitness and low body weight."
Dr. Mitts, his wife and three daughters reside in Lenox, where he coaches youth basketball, plays golf with family, and hikes and bikes.