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The Baylor Scoliosis Center began in early 2005 on the campus of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano because of the vision of the late Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D., orthopaedic and spine surgeon who specialized in the treatment of scoliosis. As the founding medical director of the Baylor Scoliosis Center, Dr. Shelokov left a legacy of bringing hope to many patients who suffered from severe spinal deformities.
“There have been huge advances in identification, intervention and management of spinal curves. Bracing technology which used to manage moderate curves has been greatly refined. Now, the medical community is challenged to provide better continuity of care from adolescence through adulthood and to integrate treatment into a meaningful continuum.” – Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D.
Through his leadership, The Baylor Scoliosis Center offers patients continuity of care. Patients of all ages are treated at the Center, from adolescents to adults. Families whose children are treated at the Center will also be treated at the Center once they reach adulthood. This approach allows the long-term treatment plan to be implemented without interruption.
“The Baylor Scoliosis Center provides the opportunity to bring all aspects of scoliosis care – diagnosis, rehabilitation, surgery and pain management together.” – Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D.
Because of Dr. Shelokov’s vision Baylor Scoliosis Center has continued to add elements to enhance the patient care experience, including offering patients access to a Nurse Navigator to assist them throughout their healthcare journey. Additionally, in 2008, scoliosis research studies commenced on the Plano campus through the Baylor Research Institute, and Richard Hostin, M.D. was named the medical director of research for the Baylor Scoliosis Center. In 2009, Baylor Scoliosis Center opened a satellite clinic on the campus of Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth to better serve patients throughout North Texas.
About Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D.
Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D. specialized in spinal deformity. Dr. Shelokov was in practice for more than 20 years and was one of only a few dozen surgeons in the United States who regularly performed reconstructive spinal surgery for scoliosis and scoliosis revision surgery. Dr. Shelokov was board certified by both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgeons.
After living abroad for much of his childhood, Dr. Shelokov graduated from The University of Texas in Austin. He then attended medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center Southwestern Medical School in Dallas followed by an internal medicine internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital also located in Dallas. After a move to Boston, Dr. Shelokov pursued postgraduate training at the distinguished Harvard Surgical Service in Boston, the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, and served as the Chief Resident at the Boston Veteran Administration Hospital. Upon completion of his residency, he spent two and a half years training to become a spinal surgeon with three fellowships at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Southwestern Medical School/Texas Back Institute, and later as the recipient of the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation traveling fellowship grant, a position at the St. Vincent Paul Hospital in Paris, France.
Dr. Shelokov passed away on August 3, 2009. His quest to bring hope to those with scoliosis and other advanced spinal deformities continues on through Baylor Scoliosis Center.
About Richard Hostin, M.D.
Richard Hostin, M.D., is an orthopedic spine surgeon who treats spinal diseases including pediatric and adult spinal deformity, degenerative conditions of the spine, as well as spinal trauma, tumors and infections. Dr. Hostin is trained in modern spinal surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgical methods. His practice focuses on primary and revision pediatric and adult spinal deformity.
Dr. Hostin was raised in Southern California and earned his bachelors degree from UC Berkley. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Oklahoma, earning membership in the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and received additional specialized training in spinal surgery during his fellowship at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.
Dr. Hostin is the former medical director of research for the Baylor Scoliosis Center and now serves at the medical director. He plans to expand the Center’s research efforts with an eye toward helping the Center eventually become a training facility for medical graduate fellows. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Western Orthopedic Association, Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.
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