Day in the Life: Christopher Dodson

The orthopaedic surgeon and Sixers team doc on his favorite fitness classes, family heirlooms, and where he refuels post-game.
Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I wake up around 5:30 a.m. If it’s an OR day, I start my first case around 6:30 at the Rothman Institute. In the operating room, I listen to ’90s and 2000s R&B. Sometimes I’ll see some of the older patients smile when they hear it before they fall asleep.

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

My phone and Rolex watch — an anniversary present from my wife — are my must-have travel items. I don’t go anywhere without them.

For lunch, my staff and I love ordering from Fuel in Center City. I always get the chicken lettuce wraps and the Protein Buster smoothie. I work out every week at Platoon Fitness in Bryn Mawr and take spin classes on weekends at Flywheel Sports.

I’ve been shopping at Boyds since I moved to Philadelphia. Patrick, a stylist there, knows my style, which makes it easy and efficient. I also get a lot of my shirts from Commonwealth Proper because their fit is amazing.

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I don’t have a formal cellar yet, but I have started collecting Napa Valley cabernet after my mentor during residency introduced me to it.

My father gave me a shoeshine brush from when he was in the Air Force. It’s from 1954, and I use it every week. Since I wear either suits or scrubs every day, I enjoy wearing my Rod Laver sneakers on weekends. I’m lucky; I get most of my athletic gear from the teams I work with.

I never go to a Sixers game without my team physician credentials. The last book I read is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, a memoir by the creator of Nike.

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I typically eat in the stadium before a game, but if I’m still hungry afterward, I head to Tredici Enoteca to have some of their yellowfin tuna ribbons.

When I wear cologne, I opt for Cartier or Hermès.