A 1980 graduate from Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre, Dr. Banas participated in baseball and basketball. He was named Wyoming Valley Conference MVP in basketball, a WVC All-Star in both sports and was a 1980 McDonald’s All-American Nominee in basketball. He scored 1000 plus points in basketball and was a member of the famed 1979 team that defeated Sam Bowie in a state playoff game. At the University of Scranton he was a four-year starter on the basketball team, a two time East Coast Athletic Conference All-Star and a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference MVP. He scored 1,649 points at the University and was the center on their 1983 Division III National Championship team. In 1984 he garnered the Southland Corporation Olympia Award and earned a NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship, continuing his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Rochester, followed by a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Banas has published numerous scientific articles in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. He has also authored four works of fiction in the medical thriller genre. Dr. Banas currently is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. He currently resides in Dallas, PA with his wife Dr. Theresa Dubbelman-Banas and their six children: Katherine, Emily, Michael, Brian, Caroline and Christopher.