BRADENTON, Fla. — The full-service Coastal Orthopedics recently selected orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Patrick Dermarkarian and shoulder, elbow and sports medicine specialist Dr. R. Stephen Otte to join its highly skilled staff.
Dr. Dermarkarian is trained in all aspects of spine surgery, including complex adult and pediatric deformities of the spine, as well as minimally invasive and motion preservation procedures.
Dr. Dermarkarian received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Florida. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine where he earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and his doctorate in medicine. He also received a master’s in business administration from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
While completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute through the University of South Florida, Dr. Dermarkarian received the Gold Star Award from the James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, which is given to providers who provide exemplary care to veterans. He also finished a spine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, training under world-renowned orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. He has presented at national and international meetings on a multitude of topics related to spine surgery.
“What drew me to Coastal Orthopedics was the sense of unity,” said Dr. Dermarkarian. “The physicians seemed to be on each other’s side, supportive and willing to help one another out. They are all highly trained and intelligent yet are very encouraging of each other and have developed their own community. Their No. 1 goal is to take care of patients the best way possible.”
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Dr. Otte is a shoulder, elbow and sports medicine specialist. While his specialty is shoulder replacement surgery, with a specific interest in complex rotator cuff management and joint replacement of the shoulder, Dr. Otte also treats sports-related shoulder and elbow injuries.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s of science in pre-medicine and psychology before earning his doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.
Dr. Otte completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Spectrum Health through Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine surgery at the prestigious Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. During his fellowship, Dr. Otte helped take care of many professional sports teams, including the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Fire.
Dr. Otte has written several book chapters, covering topics such as rotator cuff tears, reverse shoulder replacement and shoulder reconstruction. He has also published papers in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and presented his research at national and international meetings.
“The culture of the group at Coastal Orthopedics was great,” says Dr. Otte, whose grandfather was a cardiothoracic surgeon. “I got a really great overall impression of the camaraderie of the group, and I felt like it was a good fit.”
For more than 45 years, Coastal Orthopedics’ highly skilled staff of physicians and surgeons has treated patients in specialty care, including sports medicine, joint replacement, pain management and rehabilitation. Now, the company is home to 19 orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians.
About Coastal Orthopedics
Founded in 1973 and based in Bradenton, Fla., Coastal Orthopedics is home to 19 orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians who maintain hospital affiliations with Blake Medical Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. In addition to three offices and two ambulatory surgery centers each servicing Florida’s West Coast, Coastal Orthopedics’ board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons provide patients with the very latest in pain and orthopedic treatment technology. The company strives to repair and heal injuries relating to the entire musculoskeletal system. For more than 45 years, its highly skilled staff of physicians and surgeons has treated patients in specialty care, including sports medicine, joint replacement, pain management and rehabilitation. Patients can experience restoration of function both surgically and non-surgically through the use of physician-guided strengthening, therapy, medications, injections and stretching. For more information, please visit CoastalOrthopedics.com or call 941-792-1404.