Darrin Eakins Wilmington NC
Disabled Orthopedic Surgeon
Darrin Eakins is a pro at making changes. After an injury and illness forced him to leave his job as an orthopedic surgeon, he became interested in stock trading and investing, which led to new interests and new career paths. When he had more time for hobbies, he fell in love with pickleball and rediscovered an old family love of art.
Eakins’s experience as an orthopedic surgeon helps him with a lot of the work he does now, like biomedical stock analysis. This small part of the analyst field looks at how pharmaceutical and other biotech companies might be good investments. Having the view of a surgeon and knowing how to care for patients and run a hospital or clinic helps Eakins look at new products from different companies from different angles and figure out when it’s a good time to buy.
He is interested in more than just medical stocks on the stock market, and he has become a very active trader of futures. Futures trading requires a deep understanding of the market and the ability to spot opportunities to make money. Traders can buy futures to protect themselves from changes in the market or to make bets. A key skill is being able to bet on the future price of a stock index or commodity instead of owning a single stock when the futures contract ends.
Eakins used to work full time in Willmington, North Carolina, as an orthopedist who specialized in sports medicine. A specialist in orthopedic surgery helps people who have problems with their bones, joints, or muscles. They also treat cancer, birth defects, diseases that get worse over time, and sports injuries. Eakins knows a lot about sports injuries, especially those that happen often when playing pickleball.
Dr. Eakins got his bachelor’s degree in science from Baylor University, and then he went to Wake Forest School of Medicine to get his medical degree. In 1992, he got his diploma. Then, he went to Oregon Health Sciences University for 6 years to do an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery. He also spent an extra year as a fellow at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
After getting his MD, Dr. Eakins worked for over 20 years as an orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon. Even though he was very busy as a surgeon, Eakins still found time to help other people. In 2001, he gave a house to Habitat for Humanity because of this. Eakins was one of the best students at Wake School of Medicine and one of the top students in his medical school class.
Darrin Eakins is interested in many things, like investing in the stock market, trading futures, analyzing biomedical stocks, pickleball, fishing, sports injuries, health and nutrition, and painting with acrylics. As one of his other interests, he is currently investing in the stock market and getting better at analyzing it.
Eakins’s father loved to paint. As a full-time surgeon, Eakins had to put aside many of his interests to operate and care for patients. After he retired, he rediscovered his love of art, which he had first learned from his father when he was a child.
In the same way, pickleball has been a great way to get back into shape and build strength. Aside from being a fun and competitive sport, it has helped people improve their motor skills, build their stamina, and get a new level of mental clarity by getting them to exercise every day. He was in a very bad accident while mountain biking in 2008. He hurt both of his wrists and shoulders. It meant that he had to have more than one surgery and couldn’t work as a surgeon anymore.
During his recovery from multiple surgeries, he became addicted to Oxycontin, which is a commonly prescribed opiate that has been banned and is the subject of many lawsuits because it is so addicting. In the end, this led to depression, a break with his family, and a divorce. He struggled with addiction and depression for ten years and went in and out of different treatment centers and rehabs until 2016, when he spent more than a year in rehab in Florida at Life Skills, Boca Raton, and Half Way House, Del Ray.
He says he thought he could beat the disease with his willpower and intelligence, just like he had done with everything else in his life. However, he found that he had to give in to the disease, admit he had a problem he couldn’t solve on his own, and ask for help from people with similar problems. He will never be able to beat it, but he can live well with it if he gives up and asks God and other alcoholics for help every day.
He has been clean for six years and spends time each week helping other people with their addictions, talking to local groups about his own experiences, and trying to give back what he has been given: a second chance at life. He likes to stay busy outside by fishing and playing a lot of pickleball. This is his main way of hanging out with people. Before going to work in Wilmington, North Carolina, Eakins lived in High Point, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas, when he was young.