Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review—September 22, 2010
When Dr. Altchek told his father he wanted to practice sports medicine, his father said the decision was "stupid" because back then, sports medicine was almost non-existent. However, due to physicians such as Dr. Altchek and their famous patients, sports medicine is one of the fastest-growing fields in orthopedics. Dr. Altchek is experienced in performing the Tommy John surgery for pitchers with damaged UCLs, a procedure he performed on Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano.
"I think he really made Carl feel comfortable, he has a great bedside manner," said Mr. Pavano's manager, Gregg Clifton. "The thing about him is that he's always available. That's not the case with some physicians. He takes time to explain everything to you and it doesn't sound like it came out of a medical textbook. He looked Carl in the eye and explained things to him in plain English."
In addition to his practice, Dr. Altchek conducts clinical research on topics including ACL reconstruction in adolescents and clinical outcomes of knee and shoulder arthroplasty. He has published several sports medicine articles and regularly appears in mainstream media stories about the athletes he treats.
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