Giving New Meaning to ‘FAMILY PRACTICE’
In Teaneck, the Christoudias Surgical Group puts family first
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.