Alex Simotas, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certified Physiatrist
Specializing In Spine & Sports Medicine

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Making Your Visit Count

Any medical treatment requires an interaction, and some form of intervention with you and your physician. At the heart of the interaction is a communication process, a transfer of a lot of information, and ultimately some analysis leading to an action plan. Each part of these steps requires a joint effort of your physician and you.

What I aim to provide during your visit includes:

  • An examination of your symptoms by asking probing questions and listening carefully to your answers.
  • Explaining your condition, diagnosis, and treatment in terms you will understand.
  • An understanding of your treatment plan and options.
  • An explanation of your goals treatment plan including any risks and benefits.
  • Helping you set realistic goals and expectations.
  • Providing you with the best medical care possible.
  • Encouraging you to follow through.

As my patient, I suggest that you:

  • Be an active participant in your healthcare decisions.
  • Be on time for your appointments.
  • Come prepared with all forms completed and questions you would like to discuss.
  • Ask me your medical questions, and save your non-medical questions for my staff.
  • Ask about and understand the alternatives
  • Read the materials given to you. These have been carefully prepared or chosen to help direct your recovery.
  • Research about your condition using the internet or library.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and adjust those goals based on your progress.
  • Follow my instructions regarding the basic understanding of how pain works, fitness physiology, medications, exercise, physical therapy and any recommended procedures.
  • Call or email me if you have important concerns about medications, or symptoms.

Making the most our your medical care is always a joint process involving your healthcare provider and you. I believe that making you an empowered patient and reinforcing a strong doctor/patient relationship is key to success.


Alex Simotas, MD