George Chovanes, MD, FACS, FAANS

George Chovanes, MD, FACS, FAANS

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ROLE:
Spine, Back, Neck
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LANGUAGES:
English
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George Chovanes, MD, FACS, FAANS

George I. Chovanes, MD, FACS, FAANS

Specialties:
Spine, Back, Neck, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Spine Center of Excellence
 

Q&A:

How did you become interested in medicine?

After a lot of reflection, I became interested in medicine because I thought it would be a very meaningful way to spend my life. 

When did you decide to specialize in neurosurgery?

My neighbor growing up happened to be a neurosurgeon, and during medical school I spent a month with him. I liked it so much that I decided to pursue it as my medical specialty.

What are common conditions you treat?

I treat and nonoperatively manage neck and low back pain. I also treat pinched nerves in the neck and low back area. Pinched nerves typically lead to pain down the arms or legs, as well as weakness, numbness, or trouble walking.

What do you like best about working with your patients?

I enjoy meeting and helping people, and using my knowledge and experience. One of the most enjoyable parts of working with my patients is the ability to become a trusted ally for them and their families. 

What do you like best about working for OAA?

The quality of the other caregivers and the collegial atmosphere. We all help each other to help others!

How did you come to live and work in the Lehigh Valley?

I was looking for a great place to practice medicine and raise a family. I certainly found that in the Lehigh Valley.

If you were not an orthopaedic surgeon, what would you be doing?

I like the outdoors and flying, so I might’ve been a wilderness guide or a professional pilot, but I am very fulfilled with the path I have chosen. 

How do you apply your experience as a physician to the rest of your life?

A physician places the welfare of his patient above anything else professionally. Medicine has elements of biology, and is not necessarily precise like mathematics. Many times, physicians must make decisions in the face of uncertainty, but they always need to place the welfare of the patient foremost. The ability to make and keep priorities and focus on the important things can be carried over to every aspect of life.

Of what achievements are you especially proud?

As the Bible says, “pride goeth before a fall.” Keeping that in mind, I am happy with my family and the opportunity to be of service to people. 

 

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