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Spine Surgeon Ronald Lakatos, MD, Joins Mount Nittany Health Orthopedics

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Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that spine surgeon Ronald Lakatos, MD, has joined Mount Nittany Health Orthopedics, bringing valuable orthopedic spine experience to our community.

Dr. Lakatos’ extensive spine surgery experience adds valuable depth to the Mount Nittany Health Orthopedics program. He joins an expert orthopedics practice with specialists in hand, wrist, shoulder, hip, and knee, as well as physical therapy and sports medicine.

“I went to Penn State, and so did one of my daughters,” Dr. Lakatos said. “and although I spent most of my career in Columbus, Ohio, I chose Mount Nittany Health because of the high quality of care.”

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, Dr. Lakatos earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed an orthopedic residency at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has also completed a spine fellowship at Dallas Specialty Hospital and a trauma fellowship at Orthopaedic Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery.

“With every patient I assess the situation and make recommendations based on what I would do if it was my family or friend,” said Dr. Lakatos. “I explain what the problem is and discuss options for treatment. In most instances, conservative measures can be utilized to treat spine problems.”

Dr. Lakatos went on to say that if a surgical procedure is needed, his philosophy is to use the technique that will yield the best results for the patient.

“I take the time to explain to patients my rationale for any procedure,” he said. “People feel better when they know what treatment options they have and understand what is causing their symptoms.”

In addition to talking pride in his spine surgery career, Dr. Lakatos also takes great pride in his family. He is married and has four children, the youngest of whom is in high school. The family enjoys various sports, including skiing, tennis, and golf.

“Providing care at a community-based healthcare system like Mount Nittany Health makes me feel like I’m part of a healthcare system that is focused on helping people, and I enjoy it,” said Dr. Lakatos.

Mount Nittany Health’s team of orthopedic providers is highly skilled and experienced in comprehensive orthopedic care, ranging from physical therapy and minimally invasive procedures to complex orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation. We also provide a custom concussion protocol to area school districts and specialize in sports medicine.

The orthopedics practice is located on Old Gatesburg Road in State College. Surgeries are performed at Mount Nittany Medical Center and Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center. To schedule an appointment with a Mount Nittany Health orthopedic specialist, call 814.237.4321.