Our Member of the Week blog introduces you to our fellow level members, showcasing their unique work and commitment to IOF. We feature different fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Interventional Orthopedics.
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The Patel Center for Functional Regeneration
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Meet Dr. Shounuck Patel
This week’s Member of the Week is likely a familiar face to most IOF members and conference attendees. Dr. Shounuck Patel initially began his involvement with IOF as a course attendee. Over the years, he has become an integral member of our organization and has held multiple roles. In addition to serving as a course instructor for other physicians he is chair of our curriculum committee, and most recently served as the host of our annual conference!
Dr. Patel is the founder of The Patel Center for Functional Regeneration. He earned his degrees across the nation at the George Washington University in Washington DC, Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Midwestern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency at the prestigious Kessler Institute in New Jersey, completed his fellowship with the Orthopedic and Spine Specialists hospital of Pennsylvania, and underwent advanced regenerative medicine training with Regenexx and the lnterventional Orthobiologics Foundation.
Q&A with Dr. Patel
IOF: How has IOF impacted you the most?
Dr. Patel: I can earnestly say that IOF has been instrumental in the ongoing growth of my procedural skills, formulation of my clinical approach and maturation of my philosophy. While my involvement with IOF started as a means to advance my technical proficiency as an interventional orthopedist, the mindset that I was taught, and that I now find myself teaching as an instructor, is what sets this organization apart from the rest.
IOF’s truly comprehensive approach to orthobiologic injections pairs perfectly with my own personal philosophy of functional care, and I genuinely believe that this approach is a game changer in musculoskeletal medicine.
Who are your biggest mentors in regenerative medicine & why?
I feel blessed that I was able to learn from giants in our field. My first exposure to regenerative medicine was in 2008 with the late Dr. Richard Bachrach, a Hackett-Hemwall prolotherapist who was doing PRP for the hypermobile athletes of the New York City Ballet. Dr. Bachrach opened my eyes to a different world of musculoskeletal conditions and a truly different paradigm of care. Since then, I have sought out various mentors and had the opportunity to learn under the late Dr. Gerry Malanga, Todd Stitik, Chris Visco, Mike Furman, Marko Bodor, the late Victor Ibrahim, Scott Primack, Chris Centeno, and a slew of other thought-leaders through IOF.
What are you most proud of?
There is no doubt that I am most proud of my kids. The amount of love, honesty and innocence they have truly motivates me to be pure in my intentions with everything that I do in my practice.