ONS Physician … Compassionate to the BonePhysiatry
Dr. Alex Levchenko is featured in the September 2018 issue of the Westchester WAG magazine article called Compassionate to the Bone. In the piece, writer Phil Hall covers a lot of territory, from Dr. Levchenko’s specialty in physiatry, the difference between an MD, medical doctor, and DO,, doctor of osteopathic medicine – Dr. Levchenko is the latter,and the dangers in youth sports specialization to the ONS practice-wide commitment to compassionate care.
“Our practice prides itself on being compassionate,” Dr. Levchenko says. “We run on time, so patients don’t come and wait for hours. We think compassionate care is the key. We look at you as a human being and not just a part of the body.”
Hill also describes the genesis in Dr. Levchenko’s interest in medicine, writing:
Levchenko’s interest in all things medical took root during his childhood in Soviet Russia. “My parents were teachers,” he recalls. “My mom was teaching high school biology and my dad was teaching music. We had a huge library at home. From the time I was a kid I was always interested in that. By the age of 12, I covered the whole high school curriculum. We were given an assignment at school to write about who we want to be. I decided medicine would be the best route for me. The older I got, I knew that is what I wanted to be.”
In 1994, the 19-year-old Levchenko had the opportunity to pursue medical studies in the U.S. He was grateful to pursue studies away from the political upheaval that followed the collapse of the Soviet system and Boris Yeltsin’s raucous presidency.
“It was an interesting time — a turbulent time in Russia,” he says. “I was lucky to be presented with an opportunity to come here.”
Levchenko attended college at New York University and medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. His residency took place in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at New York University Langone Medical Center and his fellowship in the Orthopaedic Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Department of Mount Sinai Hospital.