About Dr. Price
Eric Price, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist. He takes care of all types of athletes, from peewee league players to pros and from weekend warriors to Ironman triathletes. He is committed to a hands-on approach to care, which includes a thorough examination, frequent checkups, and a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, diagnosis explanation.Read More
- South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY
- Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Valley Stream, NY
Surgery Center Affiliations
- South Shore Ambulatory Center, Lynbrook, NY
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 1999
- Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY, 2000
- Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY, 2004
- The Sports Clinic, Laguna Hills, CA, 2005
- Associate Master Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America
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Why did you want to start a career in orthopedics?
I love working with my hands. When I was a kid, I loved Legos and would build stuff endlessly. I loved taking stuff apart and putting it back together. In college I hurt my shoulder and saw an orthopedist and thought, "wow, what a cool job." It was a perfect match for my interest in hands-on work, problem solving, and caring for others.
What's the best part of your job?
When I was younger, it was about loving to do surgery. I still do, but now that I’ve got some years under my belt, my favorite part is the feeling you get when you help someone deal with whatever is in front of them and make their challenge less daunting. At the core of it, all patients worry “Am I going to be OK?” If I can help people lose that anxiety and get them back to feeling OK (or even better) and back to what they love, then I did my job.
What do you do in your free time, when you’re not seeing patients?
Family first. I can’t wait to get home to see them. But if I am not with them, I am on my surfboard—I am incurably addicted to the ocean. If there are no waves, I am on my mountain bike. I also love to travel, especially internationally. It wakes up a part of your brain that’s been asleep for a while when you get to see how others live, eat, speak, etc.
Do you have any fun facts that you would like to share with your patients?
I was born in Rome, Italy, and came here when I was four.
How does your personal experience recovering from a sports-related injury and surgery benefit your patients?
I understand the injury, surgery, and recovery experience from a patient's perspective. I know that the whole process is scary and requires a lot of faith in your doctor. I do my very best to make the experience as smooth as possible and I strive to minimize the worries that come with injury. Dealing with the injury is hard enough, worrying "will I ever be back to normal?" can drive you nuts. I know because I've been there. I hope that my experience as a patient has made me a better doctor and has translated into better experiences for my patients.