Johns Hopkins Magazine
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When we asked Baltimore photographer Mike Ciesielski to spend a
day with Hopkins surgeon Michael Ain, we didn't tell him the day
would start in the O.R.--at 5 a.m. Ciesielski took the early hour
in stride, though, and came away with some interesting images of
Ain, who at 4 feet, 3 inches may well be the world's only
orthopedic surgeon who is a dwarf.
Says Ciesielski, "I enjoyed being in Dr. Ain's company very much. I liked the fact that the whole height issue was not an issue at all, for him, or for anyone else around him."
The photographer also trailed Ain as the doctor saw his pediatric patients in the orthopedic clinic. "It was easy to see that the kids were wild about him and it's easy to see why: he's a very warm person and very funny," observes Ciesielski. "When he did his exams, he always was sure to exchange information with the kids, as well as their parents."
A regular contributor to Johns Hopkins Magazine (his photo of three Hopkins postdocs appeared in last issue's cover story), Ciesielski has spent much of the past year traveling and shooting in such foreign locales as Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and New Zealand. Last summer found him in Ireland, where he traveled around with a group of food writers and documented the trip for the Baltimore International College. --SD
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