Dr. Alvin Stein, (1936-2017) Long-time Hollywood resident and prominent physician, has lost his battle with cancer. He always knew he wanted to be a physician and after his graduation from New York University, where he attended college on a track scholarship, he entered the Chicago Medical School, which would begin his journey of passionately attending to his patients and looking for answers to best care for them. Following graduation from Chicago Medical School, where he also was the editor of the Chicago Medical School Quarterly, and was elected the permanent secretary of his graduating class, he began what would become his speciality, an internship in orthopedics at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute. Residencies in orthopedic surgery followed at New York Medical College and United Hospitals Medical Center, as well as a general surgery residency at Hospital Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute. He became board certified in Orthopedic Surgery in 1968 and was also inducted into the American College of Surgeons, the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons that year. He was then on staff at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and later became the Chief of Children's Orthopedics at that hospital. Dr. Stein, together with his brother, the late Dr. Frank Stein, who was by then an accomplished hand surgeon, relocated from New York to Florida in 1972 and opened Stein Orthopedics. After relocating to Florida, he was on staff at Florida Medical Center, where he became Chief of Staff in 1976. Additionally, he was affiliated with Plantation General Hospital, Bennett Memorial Hospital, later called Westside Regional Medical Center andUniversity Community Hospital. Always active in Jewish life, he was one of the founders of Congregation Beth Tefillah, in Paramus, NJ, and additionally was a founder of the Mariah School in Englewood, where he lived with his family prior to relocating to Florida, he quickly became active with Young Israel of Hollywood, immensely involved in the growth of that synagogue until his passing. In addition to his active orthopedic practice, he was on various hospital staffs, was involved with institutional review boards, and other medical staff obligations. In 1988, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of his medical alma mater, The Chicago Medical School, now renamed The Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, and served the school in that capacity for a decade. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by The Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine. Always interested in injection therapy, and personally helped by it from his own orthopedic uncle, Dr. Stein was a master of injections. He was the first physician in So. Florida to do suction diskectomy on disks in the lumbar spine. He was a charter member of the North American Arthroscopy Association and an early practitioner of arthroscopic surgery. The untimely death of his partner and younger brother, placed Dr. Stein in solo practice in 1985 and with that and his own expansive surgeries changed the course of his focus, and ultimately his practice. He became certified by the American Academy of Pain Management as a Pain Management Specialist and also became active in medical peer review for medical review organizations. During this time, Dr. Stein was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. Always learning new ways to help his patients, Dr. Stein found himself asking questions for his own treatment of brain fog following a dental procedure, which later was diagnosed as mercury toxicity. This began his new chapter and passion to help patients, family and friends with heavy metal detoxification. His study of metal substances in the body and their subsequent effects on the body, led him to become involved in neural therapy with proliferating substances. Providing relief to patients through Prolo Therapy and detoxification were now the cornerstones of his practice. He wrote numerous papers on multiple topics, including: Treatment of ADHD; Amino acid management of Crohn's disease; Differentiating recurring major depression from bipolar disorder; Amino acid management of Parkinson's disease and much more. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Leona Stein, and his devoted children Eileen (Schwartz), and son-in-law, Michael Schwartz of Hollywood; Randy Stein, of Charlotte, N.C. and David Stein, of Hollywood.
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