About Hughston Clinic

The human musculoskeletal system is a truly astounding mechanism.


Made up of the body's bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue, the musculoskeletal system's primary functions include supporting the body in an upright position, allowing motion and locomotion and protecting vital organs, such as the brain and heart. The skeletal system also serves as the main storage system for vital minerals, like calcium and phosphorus, and contains the critical components of the body’s blood supply.


Keeping or restoring the human musculoskeletal system to its best possible condition is what Hughston Clinic is all about. The doctors who make up this unique practice have devoted their lives to the study of orthopaedics and the treatment of musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital conditions. In fact, few institutions anywhere in the world have assembled and sustained this level of talent in orthopaedic medicine.


Since we were founded in 1949, Hughston Clinic has sought to provide the most advanced orthopaedic services available to men, women and children of all ages and all walks of life. Today, Hughston Clinic comprises a number of leading institutions for the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, as well as orthopaedic research, education and training.


Hughston Clinic

Orthopaedic services are offered under the Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic and include specialized practice areas in spine, hand, joint, sports medicine and trauma. These are, in turn, supported by Hughston Diagnostics, which provides ultrahigh-resolution imaging through a 1.5 Tesla GE MRI machine; Hughston Sports, a state-of-the-art exercise and training facility; and Hughston Rehabilitation, an advanced physical therapy facility providing focused care in four specialty departments: Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine, Spine, Upper Extremity/Hands and Industrial Medicine.


Hughston Clinic also operates a network of 15 orthopaedic clinics in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.


Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital

Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is a modern 70-bed, 110,000 square foot facility in nearby Phenix City, Alabama, comprising a full surgical suite, an eight-bed ICU, full-service diagnostic imaging department with a 64-slice CT Scanner, MRI, mammography, X-ray, ultrasound and nuclear medicine, and a 24-hour emergency services department receiving 30,000 visits per year. The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital provides the Hughston doctors with another conveniently located facility where they can perform surgeries and other procedures.


Hughston Foundation

The Hughston Foundation is a non-profit research and educational organization located on our campus in Columbus, Georgia. Founded in 1968, the Hughston Foundation is dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels by attaining the highest possible levels of musculoskeletal health, physical activity and work readiness by providing leadership in orthopaedic and sports medicine research education and communication, and by developing innovative concepts that help to advance the practice of orthopaedic surgery.


The Foundation building contains a fully-equipped Surgical Education Center with the latest in arthroscopy equipment, allowing students to build on existing skills or learn and develop new techniques in arthroscopic surgery. The Foundation also features a 160-seat auditorium where students can view presentations and live operations.


Among other amenities provided by the Foundation are a well-stocked medical library, departments of medical research, medical writing, medical illustration and photography, and videography. The Foundation is also home to the editorial office of the Journal of Athletic Training, the official journal of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


The Foundation supports the Hughston Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, which sponsors five post-doctoral fellows annually, and the Athletic Training Fellowship, a two-year master’s program completed in collaboration with Columbus State University and Columbus Regional Hughston Hospital.


As part of its community outreach, the Institute of Athletic Healthcare and Research, a non-profit research group of the Hughston Foundation, annually screens over 1,500 Columbus-area students for participation in school sports.


The mission of the Foundation staff is to work with medical professionals, not only on the Hughston campus, but throughout the world to discover and share ways to improve the health, fitness and overall well-being of people.


Hughston Society

The Hughston Society is made up of past residents who trained at Hughston and fellows of the Hughston Sports Medicine Fellowship Program which began in the early 1960's. Started in 1982, the Society now contains some of the nation’s leading orthopaedic surgeons and primary care physicians who were trained in the Hughston philosophy of comprehensive care of the athlete. The group is bound by a genuine concern for athletes and a desire to help them return to competition injury-free in the shortest amount of time.