Sports injury led to surgical career

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Medical professionals were nowhere to be found in Daniel Binz’s family, but a football injury his sophomore season at Cuero High School (CHS) peaked his interest in medicine. Now, Binz is an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon at Victoria Orthopedic Center (VOC).

Born and raised in Cuero, Binz played football for the Gobblers and was on varsity as a sophomore.

“I had some sports injuries,” Binz recalled. “I was starting on varsity, so I kind of ignored my shoulder injury.”

Binz played through the injury and had to have shoulder reconstruction surgery after the season.

“That peaked my interest,” Binz stated.

Both his brother and sister were in engineering, but he knew that wasn’t for him, so he started looking at medicine.

“I shadowed Dr. [Mark] Heard and Dr. [David] Hill,” Binz said. “I spent some time with them, and it really confirmed that I wanted to do medicine.”

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