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Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD

Champ Baker, Jr., received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University. He completed his residency through Letterman Army Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children in addition to a sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Foundation.

Dr. Baker is Chairman of the Board of the Hughston Foundation and served as president of the Hughston Clinic from 1994 until 2000.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Baker has been active in many professional societies. He has also served as the team physician for numerous local and regional athletic teams.

Dr. Baker’s specialties include sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He is Past President of the AOSSM as well as a recipient of two prestigious awards in orthopaedics, the Robert E. Leach, M.D., “Mr. Sports Medicine” Award in 2010 and the AOSSM Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Champ Baker, Jr., received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University. He completed his residency through Letterman Army Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children in addition to a sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Foundation.

Dr. Baker is Chairman of the Board of the Hughston Foundation and served as president of the Hughston Clinic from 1994 until 2000.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Baker has been active in many professional societies. He has also served as the team physician for numerous local and regional athletic teams.

Dr. Baker’s specialties include sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He is Past President of the AOSSM as well as a recipient of two prestigious awards in orthopaedics, the Robert E. Leach, M.D., “Mr. Sports Medicine” Award in 2010 and the AOSSM Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

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Champ L. Baker III, MD

Champ L. Baker III, MD, earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta before going on to complete his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Prior to joining the Hughston Clinic, Dr. Baker completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and worked on the medical staff of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and Depaul University. Dr. Baker was granted the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine in 2012 by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is currently the team physician for Central High School Red Devils in Phenix City, Alabama. 

Dr. Baker is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His specialties include arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine with a special interest in cartilage restoration.

 

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Champ L. Baker III, MD, earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta before going on to complete his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Prior to joining the Hughston Clinic, Dr. Baker completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and worked on the medical staff of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and Depaul University. Dr. Baker was granted the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine in 2012 by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is currently the team physician for Central High School Red Devils in Phenix City, Alabama. 

Dr. Baker is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His specialties include arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine with a special interest in cartilage restoration.

 

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Kevin J. Collins, MD

Upon graduation from the Mercer University School of Medicine, Kevin Collins completed his internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and his residency at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport.

Dr. Collins also completed a sports medicine fellowship through the Hughston Foundation in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Collins practices general orthopaedics with an interest in sports medicine. He is the physician-in-charge in our Valdosta Clinic, but continues academic research in sports medicine at both Hughston Foundation and Hughston Clinic.

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Upon graduation from the Mercer University School of Medicine, Kevin Collins completed his internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and his residency at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport.

Dr. Collins also completed a sports medicine fellowship through the Hughston Foundation in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Collins practices general orthopaedics with an interest in sports medicine. He is the physician-in-charge in our Valdosta Clinic, but continues academic research in sports medicine at both Hughston Foundation and Hughston Clinic.

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Patrick J. Fernicola, MD

Patrick Fernicola received his undergraduate and medical degrees respectively from Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

He completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Dr. Fernicola served in the United States Army for thirteen years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Martin Army Community Hospital. While at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Dr. Fernicola received specialty training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at Hughston Clinic.

Dr. Fernicola is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in orthopaedic shoulder surgery, sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery.

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Patrick Fernicola received his undergraduate and medical degrees respectively from Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

He completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Dr. Fernicola served in the United States Army for thirteen years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Martin Army Community Hospital. While at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Dr. Fernicola received specialty training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at Hughston Clinic.

Dr. Fernicola is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in orthopaedic shoulder surgery, sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery.

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Fred Flandry, MD, FACS

Fred Flandry earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery through Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals.

In addition to a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at Hughston Foundation, Dr. Flandry studied traumatology at major centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pain Management, Dr. Flandry is associated with numerous medical organizations and holds memberships in 16 national and international specialty societies.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Flandry is deeply involved in research conducted through the Hughston Foundation.

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Fred Flandry earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery through Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals.

In addition to a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at Hughston Foundation, Dr. Flandry studied traumatology at major centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pain Management, Dr. Flandry is associated with numerous medical organizations and holds memberships in 16 national and international specialty societies.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Flandry is deeply involved in research conducted through the Hughston Foundation.

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Ryan M. Geringer, DO

Ryan Geringer received his medical education and training at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then moved on to complete his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery through Michigan State University at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Geringer also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation in Columbus.

He is now board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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Ryan Geringer received his medical education and training at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then moved on to complete his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery through Michigan State University at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Geringer also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation in Columbus.

He is now board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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James E. McGrory, MD

James McGrory attended medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his orthopaedic training at the Mayo Clinic.

While there, he developed his expertise in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Texas Back Institute in 2011.

Prior to joining Hughston Clinic, Dr. McGrory practiced medicine with the United States Navy in addition to two years of private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

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James McGrory attended medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his orthopaedic training at the Mayo Clinic.

While there, he developed his expertise in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Texas Back Institute in 2011.

Prior to joining Hughston Clinic, Dr. McGrory practiced medicine with the United States Navy in addition to two years of private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

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Michael M. Tucker, Jr., MD

Michael Tucker earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship at Methodist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis.

Prior to joining Hughston Clinic, Dr. Tucker completed a sports medicine fellowship through the Hughston Foundation and he recently completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Tucker is a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He practices general orthopaedics with an interest in sports medicine and continues academic research in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation.

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Michael Tucker earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship at Methodist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis.

Prior to joining Hughston Clinic, Dr. Tucker completed a sports medicine fellowship through the Hughston Foundation and he recently completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Tucker is a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He practices general orthopaedics with an interest in sports medicine and continues academic research in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation.

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John I. Waldrop, MD

John Waldrop earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He did his residency at Greenville Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children where he trained in orthopaedics.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Waldrop holds memberships in many professional societies. His specialties and research interests include total joint replacement, arthroscopy and knee, hip and shoulder problems.

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John Waldrop earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He did his residency at Greenville Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children where he trained in orthopaedics.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Waldrop holds memberships in many professional societies. His specialties and research interests include total joint replacement, arthroscopy and knee, hip and shoulder problems.

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Thomas N. Bernard, Jr., MD

As soon as Thomas Bernard, Jr. received his undergraduate degree in biology from Tulane University in 1971, he was commissioned in the United States Navy and served as gunnery officer.

Returning to Tulane Medical School, Dr. Bernard earned his medical degree, interned with the United States Public Health Hospital in New Orleans and returned to perform his orthopaedic residency with the Tulane University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Bernard took postgraduate training as a spine fellow with Dr. Henry LaRocca in New Orleans and with Dr. W.H. Kirkaldy-Willis at the University of Saskatchewan.

He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and serves as a member on the editorial board of the Medical Journal Spine.

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As soon as Thomas Bernard, Jr. received his undergraduate degree in biology from Tulane University in 1971, he was commissioned in the United States Navy and served as gunnery officer.

Returning to Tulane Medical School, Dr. Bernard earned his medical degree, interned with the United States Public Health Hospital in New Orleans and returned to perform his orthopaedic residency with the Tulane University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Bernard took postgraduate training as a spine fellow with Dr. Henry LaRocca in New Orleans and with Dr. W.H. Kirkaldy-Willis at the University of Saskatchewan.

He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and serves as a member on the editorial board of the Medical Journal Spine.

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J. Kenneth Burkus, MD

J. Kenneth Burkus graduated with honors from the Yale University School of Medicine and went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children's Hospital.

Dr. Burkus completed a clinical trauma fellowship with the AO/ASIF group in Switzerland, and a spinal trauma and deformity fellowship at the Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis.

He is a board-certified orthopaedist and member of numerous orthopaedic societies.

Dr. Burkus has a special interest in both adult and pediatric deformities, including kyphosis and scoliosis. He also has special interest and training in adult degenerative cervical, low back conditions, spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries.

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J. Kenneth Burkus graduated with honors from the Yale University School of Medicine and went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children's Hospital.

Dr. Burkus completed a clinical trauma fellowship with the AO/ASIF group in Switzerland, and a spinal trauma and deformity fellowship at the Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis.

He is a board-certified orthopaedist and member of numerous orthopaedic societies.

Dr. Burkus has a special interest in both adult and pediatric deformities, including kyphosis and scoliosis. He also has special interest and training in adult degenerative cervical, low back conditions, spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries.

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Norman L. Donati, Jr., MD

Norman Donati, Jr. received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1981. His orthopaedic surgery training and specialty fellowship in foot and ankle were both completed at the Campbell Orthopaedic Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. Donati began his orthopaedic surgery career in the Orlando-Central Florida area working with the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic and other area sports clubs.

In 1996, Dr. Donati relocated his practice to the Hughston Clinic’s satellite office in Thomaston, Georgia, where, as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, he practices general orthopaedics and serves as a member of numerous professional orthopaedic societies.

Dr. Donati has extensive training and a special interest in foot and ankle surgery.

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Norman Donati, Jr. received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1981. His orthopaedic surgery training and specialty fellowship in foot and ankle were both completed at the Campbell Orthopaedic Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. Donati began his orthopaedic surgery career in the Orlando-Central Florida area working with the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic and other area sports clubs.

In 1996, Dr. Donati relocated his practice to the Hughston Clinic’s satellite office in Thomaston, Georgia, where, as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, he practices general orthopaedics and serves as a member of numerous professional orthopaedic societies.

Dr. Donati has extensive training and a special interest in foot and ankle surgery.

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John D. Dorchak, MD

John Dorchak earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, and the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

He completed a fellowship in spine surgery with the Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, his specialty is orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis in spine surgery.

Dr. Dorchak has a patent on instrumentation methods for vertebral interbody fusion, and has designed cervical and lower lumbar fusion cages as well as the associated surgical techniques. He is also one of the lead surgeons in developing the innovative surgery of total disc replacement.

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John Dorchak earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, and the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

He completed a fellowship in spine surgery with the Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, his specialty is orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis in spine surgery.

Dr. Dorchak has a patent on instrumentation methods for vertebral interbody fusion, and has designed cervical and lower lumbar fusion cages as well as the associated surgical techniques. He is also one of the lead surgeons in developing the innovative surgery of total disc replacement.

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Douglas W. Pahl, MD

Douglas Pahl earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and then, completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

After completion of his distinguished army career which included three Meritorious Service Medals, Dr. Pahl elected to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at the prestigious Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Dr. Pahl is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in orthopaedic spinal surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques.

He has recently developed new spine surgery instruments to improve minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, he specializes in adult and pediatric spinal deformity, and cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders.

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Douglas Pahl earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and then, completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

After completion of his distinguished army career which included three Meritorious Service Medals, Dr. Pahl elected to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at the prestigious Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis.

Dr. Pahl is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in orthopaedic spinal surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques.

He has recently developed new spine surgery instruments to improve minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, he specializes in adult and pediatric spinal deformity, and cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders.

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Garland K. Gudger, MD

Garland Gudger earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his orthopaedic residency at Greenville General Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina, and at Shriners Hospital where he trained in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Gudger holds memberships in numerous professional societies and was recently inducted into the LaGrange College Athletic Hall of Fame.

His clinical interests include sports medicine and general orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gudger continues to perform academic research in sports medicine at both Hughston Foundation and Hughston Clinic.

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Garland Gudger earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his orthopaedic residency at Greenville General Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina, and at Shriners Hospital where he trained in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Gudger holds memberships in numerous professional societies and was recently inducted into the LaGrange College Athletic Hall of Fame.

His clinical interests include sports medicine and general orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gudger continues to perform academic research in sports medicine at both Hughston Foundation and Hughston Clinic.

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Kurt E. Jacobson, MD, FACS

Kurt Jacobson earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a sports medicine fellowship at Hughston Foundation.

Dr. Jacobson is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds memberships in numerous professional medical societies.

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Jacobson specializes in sports medicine and knee and ankle injuries. He serves as the head team physician for the Valdosta State University sports program and is involved in the athletic training and education program at Valdosta State University where he was recently inducted into the Valdosta State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also the head team physician for Andrew College.

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Kurt Jacobson earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a sports medicine fellowship at Hughston Foundation.

Dr. Jacobson is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds memberships in numerous professional medical societies.

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Jacobson specializes in sports medicine and knee and ankle injuries. He serves as the head team physician for the Valdosta State University sports program and is involved in the athletic training and education program at Valdosta State University where he was recently inducted into the Valdosta State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also the head team physician for Andrew College.

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Carlton G. Savory, MD

Carlton Savory earned his medical degree at the University of Arizona and completed his orthopaedic residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California.

With 20 years of service in the United States Army, Dr. Savory went on to receive many military awards and was recently inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.
Dr. Savory also completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He holds memberships in many professional societies. With research interests in many areas of orthopaedics, Dr. Savory specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and joint replacement.

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Carlton Savory earned his medical degree at the University of Arizona and completed his orthopaedic residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California.

With 20 years of service in the United States Army, Dr. Savory went on to receive many military awards and was recently inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.
Dr. Savory also completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He holds memberships in many professional societies. With research interests in many areas of orthopaedics, Dr. Savory specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and joint replacement.

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David C. Rehak, MD

David Rehak earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rehak specializes in surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and upper extremity, as well as orthopaedic surgery. He is board-certified and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand awarded by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hand Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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David Rehak earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rehak specializes in surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and upper extremity, as well as orthopaedic surgery. He is board-certified and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand awarded by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hand Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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David H. MacDonald, DO

Dr. MacDonald graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his orthopedic residency at Michigan State University, and completed a fellowship of the hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. MacDonald is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity. He spent two years stationed in Okinawa, Japan serving as the sole hand and upper extremity specialist in the Western Pacific. Dr. MacDonald was honored as a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his service. He then moved his practice to Midland, Texas and while there, he served as team physician for the Midland Rockhounds; a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A’s organization.

Dr. MacDonald is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association, and he is pursuing active membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is licensed in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.

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Dr. MacDonald graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his orthopedic residency at Michigan State University, and completed a fellowship of the hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. MacDonald is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity. He spent two years stationed in Okinawa, Japan serving as the sole hand and upper extremity specialist in the Western Pacific. Dr. MacDonald was honored as a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his service. He then moved his practice to Midland, Texas and while there, he served as team physician for the Midland Rockhounds; a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A’s organization.

Dr. MacDonald is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association, and he is pursuing active membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is licensed in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.

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J. Matthew Heaton, MD

A native of Danielsville, Georgia, Dr. Heaton received an associate degree in chemistry from Young Harris College where he attended on a baseball scholarship. Graduating with honors, he received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Heaton earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Following medical school, he completed an internship at the University of Florida-Shands Department of Surgery in Gainesville, Florida. After his internship, he completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana, where, in his last year, he served as chief resident. He then completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

 

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Heaton specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, knee, and hip injuries, as well as shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Heaton is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery and a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is the team orthopaedic physician for Lowndes High School Vikings and an associate team physician for Valdosta State University and Thomas University.

 

Dr. Heaton enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He is an outdoorsman, who enjoys hunting and fishing, most especially fly fishing.

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A native of Danielsville, Georgia, Dr. Heaton received an associate degree in chemistry from Young Harris College where he attended on a baseball scholarship. Graduating with honors, he received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Heaton earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Following medical school, he completed an internship at the University of Florida-Shands Department of Surgery in Gainesville, Florida. After his internship, he completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana, where, in his last year, he served as chief resident. He then completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

 

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Heaton specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, knee, and hip injuries, as well as shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Heaton is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery and a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is the team orthopaedic physician for Lowndes High School Vikings and an associate team physician for Valdosta State University and Thomas University.

 

Dr. Heaton enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He is an outdoorsman, who enjoys hunting and fishing, most especially fly fishing.

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Jared A. Brummel, DO

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Brummel received his undergraduate degree at California State University of Fullerton. He completed his graduate studies at San Diego State University where he studied public health. He graduated medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He trained in orthopaedic surgery at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the Kaiser medical system, and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Recently, he completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Foundation in Columbus, Georgia.

 

Dr. Brummel is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the American Medical Association. He is also a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopic Association of North America.

 

Dr. Brummel has a passion for sports medicine and the health of athletes. He has treated and worked on the sports medicine team for the semi-pro hockey teams, the Ontario Reign and the Columbus Cottonmouths. He has also covered high school and collegiate sports. He is currently the team orthopaedic physician for Point University and Manchester High School. 

 

In addition to General Orthopedics, Dr. Brummel specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder, knee, and hip injuries. He continues to perform and participate in academic research in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation. Outside of work, Dr. Brummel enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife and two dogs. He is excited to take in the southern hospitality and begin his family here in the South.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Brummel received his undergraduate degree at California State University of Fullerton. He completed his graduate studies at San Diego State University where he studied public health. He graduated medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He trained in orthopaedic surgery at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the Kaiser medical system, and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Recently, he completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Foundation in Columbus, Georgia.

 

Dr. Brummel is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the American Medical Association. He is also a candidate member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopic Association of North America.

 

Dr. Brummel has a passion for sports medicine and the health of athletes. He has treated and worked on the sports medicine team for the semi-pro hockey teams, the Ontario Reign and the Columbus Cottonmouths. He has also covered high school and collegiate sports. He is currently the team orthopaedic physician for Point University and Manchester High School. 

 

In addition to General Orthopedics, Dr. Brummel specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder, knee, and hip injuries. He continues to perform and participate in academic research in sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation. Outside of work, Dr. Brummel enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife and two dogs. He is excited to take in the southern hospitality and begin his family here in the South.

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Jesse L. Pace, DO

Dr. Pace received his undergraduate degree in biology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he was a James Graham Brown Scholar. He graduated medical school at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky. Dr. Pace completed a traditional internship and trained in orthopaedic surgery at Doctors Hospital of Stark County in Massillon, Ohio. He completed a sports medicine research fellowship and an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama under the direction of James R. Andrews, MD.

 

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Pace specializes in sports medicine and the arthroscopic treatment of injuries. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Pace is the Associate Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Auburn University and Discipline Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus.

 

Dr. Pace currently resides in Auburn, Alabama with his wife, Candice, a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. They have a 4-year old son, Jasper, and his favorite colors are blue and orange.

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Dr. Pace received his undergraduate degree in biology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he was a James Graham Brown Scholar. He graduated medical school at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky. Dr. Pace completed a traditional internship and trained in orthopaedic surgery at Doctors Hospital of Stark County in Massillon, Ohio. He completed a sports medicine research fellowship and an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama under the direction of James R. Andrews, MD.

 

In addition to general orthopaedics, Dr. Pace specializes in sports medicine and the arthroscopic treatment of injuries. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Pace is the Associate Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Auburn University and Discipline Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus.

 

Dr. Pace currently resides in Auburn, Alabama with his wife, Candice, a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. They have a 4-year old son, Jasper, and his favorite colors are blue and orange.

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Cameron Kersey, MD

Dr. Kersey is a board certified radiologist who specializes in musculoskeletal imaging. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and earned his medical degree at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Kersey completed his internship and his radiology residency at Baptist Health Systems, in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Baptist Health Systems, he became Chief Resident of Radiology. Dr. Kersey was fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology at Emory University. Although musculoskeletal radiology is a large part of his practice, his training and experience also includes general and interventional radiology that entails angiography, IVC filter placement, biopsies, percutaneous nephrostomy, abscess drains, joint and spine injections, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and PleurX drain placement.

 

Certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology, he is a member of the American College of Radiology, Society of Skeletal Radiology, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Muscogee County Medical Society.

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Dr. Kersey is a board certified radiologist who specializes in musculoskeletal imaging. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and earned his medical degree at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Kersey completed his internship and his radiology residency at Baptist Health Systems, in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Baptist Health Systems, he became Chief Resident of Radiology. Dr. Kersey was fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology at Emory University. Although musculoskeletal radiology is a large part of his practice, his training and experience also includes general and interventional radiology that entails angiography, IVC filter placement, biopsies, percutaneous nephrostomy, abscess drains, joint and spine injections, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and PleurX drain placement.

 

Certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology, he is a member of the American College of Radiology, Society of Skeletal Radiology, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Muscogee County Medical Society.

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Rourke M. Stay, MD

Dr. Stay is a board certified radiologist who specializes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Stay completed his internship at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and completed his radiology residency at the University of Virginia. He was fellowship trained in MRI at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Stay interprets the full spectrum of radiology exams, and is proficient in non-vascular body procedures including paracentesis, thoracentesis, CT and ultrasound guided biopsy and drainage, myelograms, and arthrograms.

 

Certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology, he is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Muscogee County Medical Society. Dr. Stay has published several articles regarding innovative imaging techniques and he presents his scientific research at national meetings and symposiums. Dr. Stay continues his research interests through the Hughston Foundation, Inc.

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Dr. Stay is a board certified radiologist who specializes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Stay completed his internship at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and completed his radiology residency at the University of Virginia. He was fellowship trained in MRI at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Stay interprets the full spectrum of radiology exams, and is proficient in non-vascular body procedures including paracentesis, thoracentesis, CT and ultrasound guided biopsy and drainage, myelograms, and arthrograms.

 

Certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology, he is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Muscogee County Medical Society. Dr. Stay has published several articles regarding innovative imaging techniques and he presents his scientific research at national meetings and symposiums. Dr. Stay continues his research interests through the Hughston Foundation, Inc.

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