Peter J. Mulhern, MD
Specialties: Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery
Medical Education Boston University (Boston, MA)
Internship(s) Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC; 1983-1984)
Residency Orthopedic Surgery - Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC; 1984-1988)
Board Certification(s) Orthopedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Publications View PubMed List
Dr. Mulhern grew up in Buffalo, New York, and went to school in Massachusetts but is impressed with the small-town atmosphere around Galesburg and the warm reception from the people he has met.
“I like the fact that people know who you are quickly, in addition to the ease of getting around without concerns for traffic,” he said. “I also like the proximity to a larger city if needed. I spent many years in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is very similar in size to Peoria.”
Having been in private practice in the past, Dr. Mulhern said it was important for him to find a stable and successful organization to join.
“I wanted to be associated with a group of physicians and administrators who know how to be successful in practicing high quality medicine,” he said. “I feel that OSF indeed fits that criteria.”
Dr. Mulhern originally pursued medicine and orthopedic surgery in particular due to his love of science and anatomy, the challenge of medicine academically and the “concept of intervention with surgery to improve a patient’s life and restore them to activity with less pain.”
“We deal with healthy patients who want to be more active as quickly as possible – by and large they are well motivated,” Dr. Mulhern said. “We get a chance to put them back together when things in the body are broken and we get to play with ‘toys’ and equipment in the operating room. It’s the closest aspect of medicine that resembles carpentry.”
“I really try to make the office encounter as personal as possible. I really enjoy meeting and talking with patients when they come to the office,” he said. “I try to listen well, explain the problem, the anatomy and my recommendation for either surgical or non-surgical therapy. Most patients comment that they feel I really talk to them and they feel they have enough time with visits.”
Dr. Mulhern and his wife, Cheryl, have a 13-year-old daughter who keeps them busy with her activities. He also has three grown children and one grandson, scattered from Los Angeles to San Francisco and Boston.
When not working, Dr. Mulhern is a big sports fan, including his daughter’s involvement in travel club volleyball, playing a little golf, growing a coin collection and with the move to Galesburg he expects to find a new challenge in home renovations.