Physician Assistant, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
Mr. Stavrides has been associated with Winthrop-University Hospital for over 15 years. He worked in Winthrop’s emergency department as a certified physician assistant from 1996 to 2004, and from 2004 onward has been treating patients there as part of Dr. Thomas Davenport’s plastic surgery practice. The patients that Steve assists Dr. Davenport with include those with chronic wounds who require reconstructive surgery as part of their wound care. Steve’s responsibilities include consulting with patients prior to surgery, assisting in the operating room, and rounding on patients post-operatively. Surgical procedures he is involved in include skin grafts (in which a skin transplant is used to help close wounds that have healed significantly, but require surgical intervention to complete the healing process) and skin flap surgery, a procedure used for wounds to large to be closed with a skin graft, in which living tissue with an active blood supply is reconfigured to cover the wound.
Steve also assists Dr. Davenport in implementing fat grafts—an innovative therapy for deep wounds, in which fatty tissue containing stem cells is transplanted into the wound from another part of the patient’s body. “We’re using fat grafts more and more, and seeing great progress with this approach,” Steve notes, “particularly in wounds caused by radiation therapy, which historically have been hard to treat. The stem cells in the fat seems to rejuvenate the area damaged by radiation.” After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology at SUNY Albany, Steve received his PA degree from Touro College, then worked briefly at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens before coming to Winthrop. “When I was working in the Winthrop ER, I was always fascinated by the plastic surgeons who came in and completed the repair of patients’ various wounds,” he adds. “To be part of that repair team now is incredibly rewarding.”