Dr. Robert Gorab rolls out of bed just after 5 a.m. before strapping on his helmet and hopping on his vintage jet-black bike to start his 10-mile trek to work.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Newport Beach resident goes through the same routine — all before performing up to eight hip and knee replacement surgeries at the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine.
Gorab, 50, the chief medical officer at the institute, also performs surgeries and checks up on patients in physical therapy at the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute in Orange. Averaging 11-hour workdays, he uses his commuter bike-riding as an example for his patients, many of whom come to him because of arthritis or sedentary lifestyles.
"If I can fit exercise into my schedule, [my patients] can too," he said. "I think it's a good message to send to them."
Once Gorab arrives at work, he locks up his bike, showers in the locker room and slips on his favorite royal blue scrubs before being joined by Susie Porter, 46, a nurse practitioner who assists him throughout the day.