Steven Irey, PA-C, Helping Keep Patients Active at Dignity Health Medical Group North State

Steven Irey loves the sport of fly fishing. The quiet solitude of it allows for both relaxation and extreme focus, traits he brings to his position as a certified physician assistant in orthopedic spine surgery. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Alabama. His surgical physician assistant degree came from the University of Alabama as well. At Dignity Health Medical Group North State, his love of the field and dedication to helping keep people active makes him a valuable member of the team.

Mr. Irey says: “I think there’s a growing need for specialists in orthopedic spine surgery, especially as the population ages. My generation, and the ones that came after me, are very active and with activity sometimes comes pain and pathology. A lot of times patients don’t feel anyone will listen to them or that their pain levels are understood. I think by allowing them time to discuss their individual issues and how those issues affect their daily lives we can help get people back to active lives again. I’m proud to be part of the extraordinary team doing that.”

-from press release
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5 Responses

  1. Margaret Wilson says:

    I had the honor of working with Steve years ago in Mercy’s Cardiac Surgery/Cardiac Surgery ICU. Steve is not only an extremely competent practitioner, he is also a very kind and compassionate human being. Even during the most stressful times, Steve would smile and calmly say, ” it will be all right”. I’m delighted to hear that Steve is still practicing and sharing his skills.

  2. Karen Calanchini says:

    That kind and expressive face says it all. I love learning about the medical professionals in our area.

  3. Richard Christoph says:

    I had the honor and privilege of working with both Steve Irey and Margaret Wilson at Mercy, and found them both to be highly knowledgeable, compassionate, technically proficient, and consistently devoted to their patients. No matter what the circumstance, each could be counted on to be calm, logical, and communicative, and to put patients’ welfare above all other concerns.

    The photo of Steve completely captures his warm and brotherly demeanor. What you see is what you get.

  4. Sheryl Drake says:

    Steve is the epitome of professionalism, mixed with a healthy dose of empathy and kindness. Growing up in the same area as Steve, I’ve had privilege to observe him interact with his parents, siblings and own family for many years. Steve is the most genuine, humble and kind person one could imagine — always treating others with respect, dignity and compassion. Steve is everything a patient could want in a medical practitioner — smart, extremely competent, intuitive, empathetic and driven to make a difference. Glad one of the good guys got a bit of recognition.

  5. conservative says:

    An RN friend is retiring after 40 years. In the last ten years, she heard docs referring to patients as “dirtbags” or worse. Something never heard in the first half of her career. Physicians are the leaders and their attitudes spread to the rest of the team.

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