Roy is a native of Missouri, the Show Me State, to which he attributes his dry humor, skepticism, and minimalism. Undergraduate studies at Rice University were followed by medical school at Vanderbilt University, orthopedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and hand surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He arrived at UCLA in 1979 and has remained affiliated ever since. He has written an orthopedic textbook, One Hundred Orthopedic Conditions Every Doctor Should Understand and a book for lay readers, The Hand Owner’s Manual. Roy is presently writing another book, The Story of Bone, The World’s Best Building Material. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery and as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. When not having fun at work, Roy is likely outside—gardening, running, cycling, or hiking.