2021 Top Doctor: Gregory Evangelista, M.D.

Editorial StaffMay 5, 2021
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Orthopedic Surgery

Med School/Year Graduated: New York University/2001

Years in Practice: 14

Are any of the surgeries you specialize in inherently more complicated than the others? Are there any “easy” or fairly straightforward procedures?

Absolutely, the more damaged something is, the more difficult it is to fix. A bad injury in this sense would be knee dislocation. There are [also] procedures that are technically less challenging, or take less time to complete, like scoping a meniscus tear in the knee. However, the human body is a complex thing, and it doesn’t always respond the way we think it is going to. In those situations, easy procedures can become very challenging.

Have you ever undergone surgery? If so, how did it impact the way you approach your practice?

Yes, and although my surgery was relatively minor, every time a friend or family member has had a serious problem, I have learned a lot by being “on the other side.” Truly understanding what patients and their families go through is critical to being a good doctor.

You started the year off by welcoming a daughter into the world! What has it been like balancing your clinic and fatherhood?

Children are truly a blessing. This is our third child in just over three years. The key is time management and an understanding wife.

You are lucky enough to work with your brother, Perry. Any sibling rivalry?

Working with Perry is great. We are not in competition. It is a pleasure to collaborate and work with someone I trust.

Your bio says you enjoy hiking. What are your favorite local treks – in the Valley or throughout Arizona?

We have so many amazing places to hike. However, my favorite has always been the McDowell Mountains.

What was the last book you read?

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.

What are you watching on streaming TV these days?

Gotham.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

I really have never wanted to do anything outside of medicine. That being said, I really think I would have become a chemist or opened a pizzeria. The second part of that answer could have something to do with the fact that I’m hungry [right now].

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