Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS OrthoNOW Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, Florida. Dr. Badia studied physiology at Cornell University and obtained his medical degree at NYU, where he also trained in orthopedics. A hand fellowship at Alleghany General Hospital in Pittsburgh was followed by an AO trauma fellowship in Freiburg, Germany.
He runs an active international hand fellowship, serves on the editorial board of two hand journals, and previously organized a yearly Miami meeting for surgeons /therapists devoted to upper limb arthroscopy and arthroplasty. This international meeting was held at the world-renowned Miami Anatomical Research Center (M.A.R.C.), the world’s 2nd largest surgical cadaveric training lab which Dr. Badia co-founded in 2005. He is a founding member of the American Hand Institute, a think tank, and medical device start-up company focused on minimally invasive solutions to hand, wrist, and elbow pathology.
In 2008, Dr. Badia completed the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb also encompassing the Surgery Center at Doral, a rehabilitation center, and an MRI imaging facility. In 2010, Dr. Badia inaugurated OrthoNOW, the first immediate orthopedic care center in South Florida which is staffed by surgeons from the Doral Orthopedic Center (DOC), a group of surgeons from lower extremity, upper limb, and spine subspecialties who also treat elective orthopedic problems, frequently in international patients. OrthoNOW was officially franchised in early 2013 and is actively engaging healthcare entrepreneurs and surgeons, here and abroad to open orthopedic urgent care facilities nationally and abroad.
Dr. Badia is the past worldwide president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH) , was named to 100 Latinos Miami, has been given legacy awards by several organizations, and was featured on the Hispanic Entrepreneur website. He is a member of multiple national subspecialty medical societies (AAOS, ASSH, AAHS), an honorary member of more than 10 international hand surgery and arthroscopy associations, and served as an honored professor at the prestigious Philadelphia Hand Course in 2012. He has lectured in all six continents and is currently focused on improving healthcare delivery in the orthopedics and sports medicine realm.
Here in episode #108 Dr. Badia starts our show with the mindset that quitters never win, and winners never quit; He shares how his passion for meeting his patients needs led to launching his own business franchise; Dr. Badia gives a number of insights and lessons learned gained through both is medical and entrepreneurial career paths; Dr. Badia shares a dark moment story connected with the importance of building the right team, and have a shared vision; He centers us on the messy middle of being a business owner; Dr. Badia highlights the power of establishing 1-on-1 connections, and calls out the need to hear more stories on the positive impacts of the frontline; He highlights the ways OrthoNow is adapting technology to support patients; He highlights the undeniable power of healthcare at the people level, and shares the benefits of being a small, innovative practice; Dr. Badia gives us a career Aha, encouraging us to minimize the middle man; Dr. Badia shares why the move to Outpatient setting is best for the industry, and why rejecting the best career advise that he ever received was a good decision.