Giv­ing New Mean­ing to ‘FAM­ILY PRAC­TICE’

In Tea­neck, the Christoudias Sur­gi­cal Group puts fam­ily first

201 Health - - Family - WRIT­TEN BY BROOKE PERRY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ANNE-MARIE CARUSO

They op­er­ate to­gether, of­ten see pa­tients to­gether and some­times even fin­ish each other’s sen­tences. “I’ve been wait­ing for this a long time,” says Ge­orge Christoudias, pa­tri­arch and co-part­ner of the newly formed Christoudias Sur­gi­cal Group. Based in Tea­neck, the prac­tice – at long last – unites Ge­orge with his son, Stavros, and daugh­ter-in­law, Moira, med school sweet­hearts-turned-sur­geons who re­cently com­pleted their res­i­den­cies at Mor­ris­town Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “I’ve looked for­ward to this day.”

Though they’ve been in part­ner­ship just one year, they’ve achieved an easy, com­fort­able work style that speaks vol­umes about their ego-free ap­proach. An­chored in their deep mu­tual re­spect for each other, their fa­mil­ial man­ner im­me­di­ately puts pa­tients at ease – even those whom Ge­orge has known for more than 30 years. “Be­cause we’re fam­ily,” Stavros says, “it feels fa­mil­iar to them. And that is re­as­sur­ing.” Stavros’s ad­mi­ra­tion for his dad, whom he spent a sum­mer in high school shad­ow­ing at Holy Name Med­i­cal Cen­ter, gave him an edge in med school.

“I had al­ways hoped to one day op­er­ate with him,” Stavros says, “and that made my train­ing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. I was al­ways think­ing, ‘I won­der if my dad does this the same way?’ And I would call him, and sure enough, we’d be on the same page and not even know it. Now the nurses in the op­er­at­ing room at Holy Name laugh be­cause we so of­ten ask for the same in­stru­ment at the same time.”

PUTTING PA­TIENTS AT EASE Deep mu­tual re­spect drives the Chris­to­dias prac­tice., which is re­as­sur­ing to pa­tients.

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