Meet the Surgeons

Spiro Antoniades, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

Pavilion I
615 W. MacPhail Road, Suite 210
Bel Air, MD
443-643-2078

  • Office hrs: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Accepting new patients - yes
  • Insurances they do NOT accept: none of the Maryland Assistance programs, Kaiser Permanente, Coventry

Dr. Spiro Antoniades joined the UCH Spine Program in 2008. Dr. Antoniades received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He completed the Union Memorial Residency in Orthopedic Surgery and obtained his Spine Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Antoniades has served as instructor at the George Washington University Medical School and as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland.

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Dr. Spiro Antoniades vividly recalls the first day of his orthopedics training. “I asked the OR nurses where the orthopedic room was, and there was the sound of metallic tapping in the background. The nurse said, ‘Just follow the sound.’ So I followed the sound and, sure enough, it led me to an orthopedic case.”

Luckily for the citizens of Harford County, Dr. Antoniades has been following that sound ever since. Today, he practices full time at Upper Chesapeake Health—specializing in all aspects of spine surgery. “I see problems that are fairly common in the community, which are mostly neck and lower back stenosis,” he says. “Basically arthritic conditions of the neck and lower back. These problems can be very painful and crippling.”

“I’m also trained to treat tumors and fractures, so I can handle almost any spine pathology that comes my way,” he adds. “As an academic surgeon for years, I bring all of my training to the Spine Program at Upper Chesapeake Health where we are equipped to handle all spine conditions.”

A board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Antoniades finds practicing at Upper Chesapeake Health particularly rewarding, because, he observes, “The people here are decent, nice and industrious. And they are very thankful. They do small things. They bring me tomatoes, pies and cookies. They are just very friendly, inclusive people.”

At the end of the day, Dr. Antoniades says, “With every decision that I make, I always try to do what I think I would want somebody else to do for me, if the tables were turned. If I were in the same position as this person, what would I want for my family member or myself?”

“I feel that people need to be at peace with their decisions,” he stresses. “Twenty five years ago, physicians used to have a more paternalistic approach. The doctor would tell the patient what the plan was going to be. But society and medicine have changed now. Patients want to participate in decision making. And that is the right way to go.”

That approach was not lost on Gordon Staron, a 55-year-old retired technician for the Harford Country Public School System. When he suffered herniated discs after falling off a ladder while on the job, Gordon consulted with Dr. Antoniades, who operated on him last year.

“He was great,” the Abingdon resident says. “From day one, I knew he was an excellent doctor. He has the best bedside manner. When he was finished the first examination, he said, ‘Mr. Staron, anytime you have anything to say to me, or any questions for me, feel free to blurt them out—whatever is on your mind.”

Gordon pauses. “No doctor has ever, ever said anything like that to me before. That was worth its weight in gold to me.”

“Last year I was recuperating from my accident,” he notes. “This year, I’m going to get back to fishing and playing my drums and guitar, all thanks to Dr. Antoniades!”


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