Dave McGill is the creator of and sole contributor to less is more. He would like to congratulate anyone who realized that the web address for this blog – limblogger – incorporates the words “limb”, “blogger”, AND contains an acronym for the blog name (“lim” = “less is more”). If you figured that out before reading this, please drop him a line so that he can write you a reference for your next job.
Dave has been an amputee since 1996, when he lost his left leg above the knee while acting as a Good Samaritan.
Dave is currently the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Reimbursement for Össur Americas, a manufacturer/distributor of prosthetic and orthotic devices. Because of his role at Össur, Dave would like everyone – including the Federal Trade Commission – to know that he has reviewed the FTC guidelines regarding endorsements in the medical device industry/new media. (Dave can see your eyes rolling into the back of your head as you read this.) As a result, he does not and will not review or endorse any prosthetic products, including the ones he’s wearing, on this blog. So don’t ask.
Dave is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP), a Director on the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) board, and a former Director (2003-2011) and Chairman of the Board (2005-2010) of the Amputee Coalition. If you’re not sure what any of those organizations do, you can visit links to each on the left side of less is more‘s main page.
Neither Ossur, NAAOP, or AOPA have editorial control over what appears in these hallowed e-pages. On the other hand, none of the lunatic ravings in this blog reflect or should be construed to reflect the views or opinions of any of those entities, as the content in less is more arises exclusively out of the tangled web that is Dave’s brain.
Dave previously co-founded a successful prosthetic facility in New York State, where he specialized in reimbursement and access to care issues affecting the company’s customers. Before that, he worked for two separate law firms representing insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals, a combination that in retrospect seems like part of a brilliant plan to chart the career path he ultimately followed. However, since Dave will not admit to intentionally getting hit by a car, this appears to be more coincidental than strategic.
Dave likes long walks on the beach, Beethoven’s First Symphony, and – AHA! Had you going there for a second, no? He hates the beach. Useless. Hot. Hard to walk. And not so high on Beethoven, either. Well, actually high on the concept of Beethoven, as writing a masterpiece while deaf is pretty cool. But he doesn’t actually listen to Beethoven.
He does listen to Foo Fighters and Green Day. Too much. At volumes that are likely to render him deaf, much like the long-dead German composer he respects but doesn’t listen to.
And no, true Green Day fans, Dave isn’t one of you, as he thinks Green Day’s greatness was first revealed on the album “Warning,” and not on any of their earlier, three-chord-punk offerings. Sorry.
Dave has appeared on CNN and BBC radio speaking about legislative issues affecting amputees. He was nervous and only semi-coherent in both interviews. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Red Herring. He does not read either of those publications. He has authored articles for inMotion and The O&P Edge, and has been interviewed by trade magazines like The O&P Edge and O&P Business News.