The Scoliosis Institute (formally Consulting Orthopedists) opened on the campus of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano in early 2005 because of the vision of the late Alexis P. Shelokov, M.D., orthopedic and spine surgeon who specialized in the treatment of scoliosis. As the founding physician of the Scoliosis Institute, 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 Southwest Scoliosis Institute offers patients continuity of care. Patients of all ages are treated at the Institute, from adolescents to adults. Families whose children are treated at the Institute will also be treated at the Institute once they reach adulthood. This approach allows the long-term treatment plan to be implemented without interruption.
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 the Southwest Scoliosis Institute and the Baylor Scoliosis Center.