George I. Chovanes, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S.

Physician

Specialist In:

  • Spine / Back / Neck
  • Neurology / Neurosurgery
  • Spine Center of Excellence
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Dr. George Chovanes joined OAA’s Spine Center of Excellence in 2017 as a nonoperative neurological specialist. Having over 34 years of experience in operative and nonoperative care in the practice of neurosurgery and trauma care, Dr. Chovanes is well-known in the region for his expertise and compassion in the field of neurology and neurosurgery.
 
Prior to practicing nonoperative care at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Dr. Chovanes was a longstanding member of a respected neurosurgical practice in the Lehigh Valley. He also practiced with Main Line Health in the Philadelphia region for a number of years. Throughout his practice, Dr. Chovanes has helped countless patients suffering from neurological conditions. Now, Dr. Chovanes treats and nonoperatively manages neck pain, low back pain, pinched nerves and other spinal conditions that often present with pain down the arms or legs, weakness, numbness, or difficulty walking. He effectively treats patients through a variety of nonoperative techniques including physical therapy, injections, medication, and will suggest a consultation with his surgical colleagues if he thinks surgery is an appropriate course of action.
 
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chovanes completed his undergraduate studies at Villanova University before obtaining his Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he received advanced training specific to neurosurgical and neurovascular medicine.
 
Dr. Chovanes looks forward to delivering his patients the same quality of care that he would desire for himself or for his family. When not caring for patients, he enjoys the outdoors, writing, flying as a private pilot, and spending time with his family. 
  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • Villanova University
        Villanova, PA

      Medical School

      • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
        Philadelphia, PA

      Residency

      • Temple University Health Sciences Center
        Philadelphia, PA

      Fellowship – Neurosurgical Neurovascular

      • University of Western Ontario
        London, Ontario

      Board Certifications

        • American Board of Neurological Surgery

      Professional Associations

        • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
        • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
        • Pennsylvania Neurological Society
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine?

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

      Q. When did you decide to specialize in neurosurgery?

      A. 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.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat?

      A. 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.

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. 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. 

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

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

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

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

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

      A. 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. 

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

      A. 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.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. 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. 

Dr. Chovanes operated on my cervical spine after an auto accident twenty years ago, and I am still doing great! He also operated on my mother. Before doing so, he met with my dad and I on a Sunday to discuss what options were best for her. He was honest, kind, and empathetic. He is a wonderful physician!

– Cate

OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
George I. Chovanes
  • Spine / Back / Neck
  • Neurology / Neurosurgery
  • Spine Center of Excellence
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map