Get to know Dr. Alexander Satin, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute. Dr. Satin is now accepting patients in the Frisco clinic.
Tell us about yourself.
“I’m originally from Long Island, New York. I did my undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins University where I studied biophysics. Then I went
and did medical school in New York city at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I did my orthopedic residency at Northwell Health on Long Island, and completed my spine fellowship here at the Texas Back Institute. Growing up I played ice hockey from when I was just started walking I think and through high school and that was a really wonderful experience for me it taught me the value of hard work and dedication and organization and making sure that you know I had all of my ducks in a row and unfortunately or fortunately I did have an injury while playing and you know you it, it allows you to empathize with your patients particularly as an orthopedic surgeon when you have yourself have had an orthopedic injury and it keeps you from doing what you want and you know that was a important time in my life in retrospect that I often think of now while I’m treating injured patients.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“When I’m not working I like to spend time with my family. I like to travel with my wife. I try to play golf although that doesn’t always go so well but I do enjoy golf, and I’m a big sports fan.”
Why did you become a doctor/spine surgeon?
“So, when I decided to go to medical school I think I was kind of like most people and that you want to help people. I had a particular interest in science and technology and I thought being able to combine those were very interesting. I think as you go through medical school and I think you gain a different appreciation and I think your vision for what you want to do can um grow along with you. So I think ultimately going to medical school I felt that you know I wanted to be somebody in my community no matter where I was going to be who is going to be a positive influence and help others and you want to be the person in your community that people all come to when they’re celebrating and have successes but I think even more importantly you want to be the person in your community that can help people in times of need and when they’re in despair.
One of the interesting things about spine surgery is that we’re able to take care of patients of all ages and all walks of life. So you know we take care of elite athletes, we take care of weekend warriors, we take care of adolescents and we take care of grandmas and grandpas. So I think that’s something that really appealed to me with spine surgery is that we’re able to take participate in a wide range of care situations and take care of a very diverse patient population my practice spans the full spectrum of spinal conditions.
What is your patient care philosophy?
“My main philosophy is that surgery should be a last resort, and I like to exhaust all conservative care prior to recommending surgery. Of equal importance is making sure that my patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options and together we can formulate a plan that best meets their needs and goals for care the ideal patient experience to me is that my patients will feel like they’re getting individualized customized care and not just feel like another number they’ll have a true identity to me and that they’ll feel like they’re getting the appropriate care timely care and feel like that they’re getting a treatment plan that is specific to their individual needs and goals.”
Why did you choose Texas Back Institute?
“I don’t think I need to go over the advancements and research achievements of Texas Back Institute, but that desire to continually improve care really fits with my vision as well and ultimately is why I decided to join the practice here.”
How do you want to leave a legacy?
I would like to be remembered as someone who constantly pushed themselves to be their best, who respected other people, and someone who was an advocate for their patients. I also enjoy teaching and research and I would also like to have a legacy in those regards in training future generations of surgeons as well as someone who is remembered for their contributions to the scientific community as well.
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