Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Patrick Dermarkarian values the importance of connecting with patients on a personal level

Patrick Dermarkarian, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Dermarkarian learned the value of community and taking care of others at an early age.

Growing up in a family of physicians, Dr. Dermarkarian spent much of his childhood discovering the human aspect of medicine. He saw the importance of connecting with patients on a personal level and the camaraderie that stems from promoting health and healing while working with his father, a hematologist-oncologist.

Those values were further engrained in Dr. Dermarkarian at Tampa Jesuit High School where he explored the richness of the human experience through the notion of brotherhood, unity and being “Men for Others”.

“Growing up, those are the kinds of beliefs and values that were instilled in me,” says Dr. Dermarkarian. “These principles are pretty significant to me.”

With an interest in science, particularly physics and organic chemistry, and multiple family members in the medical field, Dr. Dermarkarian always considered becoming a physician. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Florida in 2006, Dr. Dermarkarian attended Tufts University School of Medicine where he earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences in 2009 and his doctorate in 2013. He also received a master’s in business administration from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013.

In 2015, 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. Dr. Dermarkarian 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.

After an initial meeting with Dr. Arthur Valadie, Dr. Daniel Lamar and Dr. Eric Sundberg, Dr. Dermarkarian joined Coastal Orthopedics in September as an orthopedic spine surgeon.

“What drew me to Coastal Orthopedics was the sense of unity,” says 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.”

Since joining Coastal Orthopedics, Dr. Dermarkarian has been focused on growing his practice while getting to know his patients on a personal level. 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 enjoys many aspects of orthopedic surgery. However, the complexity of spine surgery and the ability to diagnose a patient and use minimally invasive procedures to alleviate pain is what initially drew Dr. Dermarkarian to the specialty.

“The risks associated with operating around the spinal cord can be challenging, but I enjoy the challenge and take the time to make the best possible outcome,” says Dr. Dermarkarian. “It’s rewarding to reach the right diagnosis, perform the right surgery, and ultimately, relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve their life.”

In his spare time, Dr. Dermarkarian enjoys spending time with his wife Alexa and their 22-month-old son Giorgio. The couple is expecting their second son Leo in November 2019. In addition to spending time with family, Dr. Dermarkarian enjoys playing soccer, attending sporting events and concerts and going to the beach.