Dr. Evan Flatow: Innovating Shoulder Surgery

By Michelle Alford on August 20, 2010 in Heroes
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h05Evan L. Flatow, M.D., has been practicing medicine for almost thirty years. He received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1981 and is currently chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York.

A leading expert in his field, Dr. Flatow has published five books and over two hundred papers and text chapters. New York Magazine has voted him one of the “Best Doctors in New York” every year 1999 through 2009, and he has appeared on the Today Show discussing shoulder injuries.

He’s won numerous awards, including the Neer Award for Excellence in Shoulder Research in 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2004 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2009.

Dr. Flatow has wanted to be a doctor since he was six years old. He was impressed by a friend’s father who was a doctor, and even from a young age he was fascinated by science.

In medical school, Dr. Flatow studied under Charles Neer, thought by many to be the founder of modern shoulder surgery. Dr. Flatow had already chosen to focus in field of Orthopedics, but studying with Dr. Neer pushed him towards specializing in shoulder surgery. “He was just such a dynamic and creative thinker,” Dr. Flatow reminisced. “It was sort of exciting. I became really interested in shoulder because he was such a great teacher.”

Read the full interview at Shoulder1