Matthew Folstein, MD, is a General Surgeon at SJHS and the Medical Director for Robotic Surgery. Dr. Folstein grew up in Maryland. He didn’t know until college that he wanted to be a doctor. He has always loved science and picked medicine over writing a thesis. He completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine followed by his residency, all the way down in Texas, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
During his internship, Dr. Folstein was covering transplant surgery overnight. He still thought that all pages were critical. A nurse, with a thick accent, paged Dr. Folstein for a patient with an “S in his chest”. Dr. Folstein went to talk to the nurse who kept saying the patient had an S in his chest. When he tried to go see the patient, the nurse insisted it wasn’t necessary. After several more times of the nurse saying S in the chest, Dr. Folstein finally heard the word insulin followed by “S-uh en uch-es” which when slowed down is A-C and H-S. Dr. Folstein’s nickname for 2 years was S in the chest until one day he was walking with the Chief through pre-op. Dr. Folstein says he loudly heard his name from behind one of the curtains and he peeked in to have a nurse look at him puzzled. Dr. Folstein told the nurse he was Folstein and he heard her call him. The nurse told him she said “False-Teeth”. This became his new nickname for the next 2 years. Dr. Folstein made up for it as a chief resident. One day a trauma call came in and the attending was stuck in gridlock traffic. Dr. Folstein had to perform a trauma Whipple to help the critical patient. Dr. Folstein says this moment was huge in building confidence and defining of his career choice.
Dr. Folstein moved to this area after his training. He liked the family friendly atmosphere and couldn’t stand big city beltway traffic. Dr. Folstein has a wife and 3 children. He also has a dog named Bovie. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, including seeing his kids school performances. Dr. Folstein also enjoys lifting weights and playing golf. He has a pen collection too!
Robotic surgery is a great interest of Dr. Folstein’s. He also enjoys general surgery including robotic hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. He enjoys seeing his patients regain their life in post-op. Dr. Folstein’s coworkers would describe him as upbeat, friendly and energetic. Great qualities for a general surgeon. Thank you Dr. Folstein for all you do.