St. Luke’s affiliates with CONA

Published 12:03 pm Monday, October 16, 2023

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If you’re driving around Polk County and the Inman community of Spartanburg County, you’ve likely seen our outdoor boards promoting anterior approach hip replacements performed by Dr. Azar. More recently, our social media has focused on arthroscopic shoulder repair surgery for various soft tissue injuries performed by Dr. Cadier and Dr. Azar.

Today, I am excited to announce our affiliation with Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates (CONA), bringing foot and ankle surgical care to St. Luke’s Hospital and Polk County. With this partnership, we now have the board-certified physicians of CONA providing synergistic services supporting St. Luke’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. In addition to foot and ankle care, future CONA services at St. Luke’s may include the spine, skeletal system, nervous system and supporting structures.

As the most extensive regional orthopedic practice in the upcountry of South Carolina, CONA expands its nationally renowned care delivery to North Carolina through a physician-led partnership with St. Luke’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, embracing a shared common pursuit of clinical excellence and outstanding patient outcomes.

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CONA surgeon Anthony Barcel, MD, provides foot and ankle care at St. Luke’s. He is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in lower extremity disorders, applying both operative and non-operative techniques in treating lower and upper extremities conditions to reduce pain and restore function. He treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including foot pain, bunions, ankle sprains, muscle & tendon strains, heel pain, foot & ankle arthritis, foot & ankle fractures, hammer toe, peroneal tendinopathy, flat foot, Achilles Injuries, plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, and more.

Dr. Barcel treats his patients individually with the most effective treatment, only recommending foot and ankle surgery after all other options have been exhausted. His procedures include tendon repair, bunionectomy, lapidus surgery (including lapifuse and lapiplasty), ankle arthroscopy and fracture reduction.

Dr. Barcel completed his medical degree at the Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. He did his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Barcel completed a foot and ankle fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC. 

CONA orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Mikhail Alexeev, will also be providing care at the Columbus, NC office. Dr. Alexeev is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and completed his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He subsequently completed his orthopedic surgery training at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, GA prior to pursuing his sports medicine fellowship at University Hospitals/Case Western.

Both surgeons look forward to serving Polk County residents and surrounding areas. And both will maintain office hours at St. Luke’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and perform surgeries at St. Luke’s Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barcel or Dr. Alexeev, call (864) 583-CONA.

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