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Father-son surgeon team in Tucson

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jun 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 07:51:53-04

Inside the Tucson Medical Center at the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, you'll find two Dr. Wild's. They both are orthopaedic surgeons in high demand, and at times, they'll operate together. But if you ask the elder Wild, Dr. John Wild,he'll say his partner has him beat.

"I'd say for the last six or eight years, he's been more in demand," Wild said. "He's got a really good reputation, his practice is very busy. He's doing a really great job."

The man he's talking about, his partner, is his son Dr. Jesse Wild. Raising Jesse, along with several other children, John Wild never thought he'd be working in the same operating room as Jesse.

"When he was six years old in school, and they wanted to know what you'd want to be when you grew up, everyone said, I want to be a fireman, I want to be a doctor, I want to be a dentist," John Wild said. "Jesse says, I have no idea for sure what I want to be, but I don't want to be a doctor."

"I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree," Jesse Wild said.

While it wasn't what a young Jesse expected would happen, he cherishes working alongside his father in the operating rooms and hospital. The two of them share their passion for helping out those who are in need of it. From the get-go, there's been no looking back for either Dr. Wild.

"Working with my dad for 9 years now, that's been great," Jesse Wild said. "I think it's a pretty unique opportunity. Not a lot of people get to say hey, I go to work with my dad or my mom.

And on the other side of the token, not every dad gets to say "hey, I go to work with my son."

"It's a great experience," John Wild said.