Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics Golf Tournament

The Annual Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics Golf Tournament will be hosted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 and you are invited! This year’s event will be located at the beautiful Hermitage Golf Course. Registration and Lunch begin at 11:30 AM. For more information or to register as a player or sponsor, contact Jennifer Hubmann, Tournament Director. We look forward to seeing you there! 
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Two Distinguished Guest Speakers Present at the Hughston Society

Two Distinguished Guest Speakers Present at the Hughston Society

The Hughston Society was privileged to have many notable lecturers to present their research and clinical experience at the Biennial Hughston Society Meeting April 20-22. However, two distinguished guest speakers, Bruce Reider, MD, the Foundation Guest Speaker and Brian C. Halpern, MD, the Stephen Hunter Memorial Lecturer were especially esteemed among their sports medicine colleagues.

For the Hughston Foundation Guest Lecture, Dr. Reider presented, “Reading the Literature to Change Your Practice.” Dr. Halpern presented, “Evolution of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine,” for the Hunter Memorial Lecture and he also presented “Application of the PRP Biologic treatments.”

Dr. Reider

Dr. Reider holds the title of Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Emeritus from the University of Chicago. During his career, he has made 107 national and international presentations and has published 6 text books, 23 book chapters, and 41 peer-review articles. Since 2002, Dr. Reider has been editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Sports Medicine and since 2009, executive editor of medial publishing for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Halpern

Dr. Halpern has served as president for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation. Additionally, he was the associate team physician for the New York Mets. In 1998, Dr. Halpern won an Emmy Award for the documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming. He authored The Knee Crisis Handbook as well as the Men’s Health Sports Injury Handbook. His articles on sports-related injuries have been published in Men’s Health Magazine and other sports magazines.

Anthony A. Romeo, MD, Presidential Guest Speaker at Hughston Society

Anthony A. Romeo, MD, Presidential Guest Speaker at Hughston Society

Columbus, Georgia – April 24, 2017- The Hughston Society was honored to have Presidential Guest Speaker, Dr. Anthony Romeo, present several talks at the Biennial Hughston Society Meeting April 20-22. For the Shoulder program, Dr. Romeo presented, “Treatment of Anterior Instability with Bone Loss” and “Management of Glenohumeral Arthritis in Young Active Patients.” Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, served as moderator and other panelist in the session included, Darren E. Barton, DO, and Timothy L. Uhl, PhD, PT, ATC, FNATA. Dr. Romeo’s third presentation, “Practice Management” was the last talk of the Society meeting. This talk covered not only how physicians and healthcare professionals can manage their practice effectively, but also how to successfully balance work, patients, and their personal life.

Dr. Romeo is a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon with over 20 years experience working in academic medicine. In addition to his role as professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Rush University in Chicago, IL, he serves as program director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, and section head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in the Division of Sports Medicine at Rush. Dr. Romeo also serves as co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.

Robert E. Leach, MD, Receives a Standing Ovation

Robert E. Leach, MD, Receives a Standing Ovation  

Columbus, Georgia – April 22, 2017- Robert. E. Leach, MD, received a standing ovation as he ended his presentation on the birth of sports medicine and the American Journal of Sports Medicine in Columbus, during Thursday’s afternoon session of the Hughston Society Biennial Meeting.

During his invigorating speech, Dr. Leach talked about the history of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and how Dr. Hughston influenced not only the start of the journal but also the role he played in helping to form the subspecialty of sports medicine. Dr. Leach explained that when Dr. Hughston was on the sidelines at football games and treating athletes in his orthopaedic clinic, he was also working with other physicians, 75 in fact, across the country, to form the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Once the association was created, they began looking for a sports medicine journal. Medical journals, at the time, looked down on sports medicine research, and often rejected manuscripts for publication. Dr. Hughston was teaching other physicians and wanted to share his knowledge among his sports medicine colleagues. So AOSSM purchased a journal called the Journal of Sports Medicine, and soon renamed it to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. For these two achievements, Dr. Hughston will be forever recognized as one of the founding fathers and of having been truly dedicated to the field of sports medicine.

Dr. Hughston served as President of AOSSM 1974-1975; Editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine from 1972 to 1990; and Chairman of the American Journal of Sports Medicine from 1990-2001. He also received the Mr. Sports Medicine Award from AOSSM in 1976, which later became known as the Robert E. Leach, MD, Sports Medicine Leadership Award.


Robert E. Leach, MD, past editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine from 1989 to 2001 and president of the journal’s Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1991, finished his story by saying, “Dr. Hughston was a pioneer. He was an innovative, caring individual. He was a first-class taskmaster. He was tenacious and a finisher. And he loved Auburn. Most of all, he was a real teacher. And for all of that, in my opinion, Dr. Hughston is the father of sports medicine and the father of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.”

And with those last words, everyone in the room stood.

Over 100 Orthopaedic Physicians Gather in Columbus for Hughston Meeting

Over 100 Orthopaedic Physicians Gather in Columbus for Hughston Meeting

Columbus, Georgia – April 20, 2017- Over 100 orthopaedic physicians, sports medicine and trauma physicians are gathering in Columbus for the 2 ½-day 2017 Hughston Society Biennial Meeting. This year the society is celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Jack C. Hughston, MD, as well as the 35th anniversary of its first organizational meeting. The celebration includes an educational program reviewing sports medicine, rehabilitation, and trauma.

The program committee has successfully crafted an outstanding scientific program and enjoyable social events for attendees and their family. Program highlights include dinner and awards at the National Infantry Museum on Friday night and a celebration to commemorate the life of Dr. Jack C. Hughston on what would be his 100th birthday. Our Presidential Guest Speaker for the meeting is Anthony Romeo, MD, from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center. Robert E. Leach, MD, will be the Hughston Legacy Speaker while Dr. Brian Halpern will deliver the Hunter Memorial Lecture in Primary Care Sports Medicine. Bruce Reider, MD, is the Foundation Guest Speaker. The program includes other eminent guest speakers in the field of orthopaedics such as Drs. James Andrew, John Uribe, Michael Axe, and Mary Lloyd Ireland, in addition to physical therapy legends Tab Blackburn, Timothy Uhl, and Tom Boers. A host of former Hughston fellows, as well as the current fellows and esteemed clinical staff, will also be participating. On Saturday, at the closing of the scientific program, Society members and their families will join Hughston employees and physicians to celebrate the life of Dr. Jack Hughston on the grounds of the Hughston Foundation.

The Hughston Society is an alumni group of over 500 physicians—including orthopaedic surgeons, physicians from other specialties, and medical researchers from the United States and abroad—who are trained in the Hughston philosophy and bound by a genuine concern for athletes and a desire to help them return to competition, injury free. Thomas M. Chopp, MD, is the Society’s current president.

Dr. Morgan Lorio Receives First ISASS Distinguished Service Award

Morgan Lorio, MD, received the first Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

Gunnar Andersson, MD, and his wife sponsored the award, which was given for the first time at the ISASS Annual Meeting earlier this week. Dr. Lorio practices spine surgery at Neuro-Spine Solutions in Bristol, Tenn., and focuses his care on minimally invasive solutions for spine surgery. He was the first surgeon in Louisiana to perform a microendoscopic discectomy and among the first to employ the Interpore Cross International GEO cage. ” Written by Laura Dyrda from Beckers Spine Review

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2017 Hughston Fellowship Award Winner, Darren E. Barton, DO

Hughston Fellowship Award Winner

2017 Hughston Fellowship Award Winner, Darren E. Barton, DO

While completing a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at the Hughston Foundation during the 2016-2017 academic year, Darren E. Barton, DO, won the Hughston Fellowship Award for his research presentation entitled, “Subpectoral Biceps Tenodesis: Does Location Matter? An Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes.” He made the presentation at the 2017 Hughston Society Biennial Meeting on April 21, as part of the shoulder program. Dr. Barton did his research at the Hughston Foundation under the direction of Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD. The study yielded outstanding results and is currently being prepared as a research article.

Dr. Barton received his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Tennessee and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did both an internship and orthopaedic surgical residency at Wellmont Orthopaedic Residency Program in Kingsport, TN. Dr. Barton is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Tennessee Osteopathic Medicine Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Headshot for Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD

Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, and Frank Brown, PhD, are recognized for their Years of Service and Dedication to CSU Athletics

Headshot for Champ L. Baker, Jr., MDChamp L. Baker, Jr., MD, and Frank Brown, PhD, are recognized for their Years of Service and Dedication to CSU Athletics

Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, received The Sonny Clements Athletics Director Award on Friday, April 28, 2017. Because of prior commitments, the award was accepted by his son, Champ L. Baker III, MD, at the Columbus State University (CSU) 2017 Hall of Fame Program held at the Country Club of Columbus. To acknowledge his appreciation of the award, Dr. Baker prerecorded a video for the event.

Sonny Clements was CSU’s first athletics director; therefore, the award notably recognizes someone who has helped strengthen the CSU athletics department. “Knowing that Dr. Baker and his outstanding colleagues at the world- renowned Hughston Clinic are a part of our team clearly states our commitment to the health and welfare of our student athletes,” CSU Athletics Director Todd Reeser said in a news release. “Dr. Baker has been a common thread through many years of athletic success at CSU, and it is highly appropriate that we recognize him for his generous and caring support.” Dr. Baker has served as team physician for CSU for over 30 years. During his years at CSU, he befriended Dr. Frank Brown who was the university’s president.

In Dr. Baker’s prerecorded video, he congratulated Dr. Brown for receiving the Herbert Green Golden Cougar Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a donor by the CSU Athletics Department. The award recognizes someone who has shown dedication and support for CSU student athletes and the athletics department through exemplary service, leadership, and financial support. “During Dr. Brown’s tenure as the university’s president (1988-2008), he attended countless sporting events both home and away while clapping, yelling and being one of the Cougars’ biggest fans,” Reeser said. “He knew all the student athletes’ names and the sports they played. He can still be found sneaking in the stands to watch the Cougars play even now that he is retired.”

Dr. Brown is past-chairman and Dr. Baker is the past-president of the Hughston Foundation’s Community Board.

Scholarships Awarded to Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Employees

The Sarah Hardaway Hughston Scholarship Fund was awarded scholarships to qualifying employees in the amount of $500 each on May 2, 2017 This year’s recipients include; Wanda James, Aliyah Johnson, Tiara Lawson, Ashley Lyles, Kathleen Lopez, LaShanda Moore, Shirley Murphy, Danielle Poole, Cortney Pope, Kelli Rucker, Cassandra Rutherford, and Brandon Tutt. Recipients are carefully selected by the scholarship committee. This marks the 7th year the scholarship has been awarded, and it brings the total award to $45,108.00 total funds since given to employees since 2011. Since 2011, The Sarah Hardaway Hughston Scholarship Fund has provided over $45,000 to the employees to help with their college expenses.

The scholarship fund is generated from Sarah’s Gift Shop located inside Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. It has been a privilege to provide these funds over the years to dedicated employees of Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Kay Gudger (Hughston Physician- Dr. Garland Gudger’s wife) commented on May 2, 2017. The shop is operated by the Hughston physician’s wives and Susan Ingram is the store manager.


J. Kenneth Burkus, MD, Hughston Clinic Spine Surgeon, appears on front cover of Spinal News International.

Columbus, Georgia – April 26, 2017- J. Kenneth Burkus, MD, Hughston Clinic Spine Surgeon, appears on front cover of Spinal News International.

Kenneth Burkus, MD, is on the cover of Spinal News International (Saturday, 22 April 2017 edition) with colleagues after he presented new research, on how porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium and how it may prove to be a clinically viable alternative for interbody implants. Polyetheretherketone, or PEEK, is a colorless organic thermoplastic that has many potential medical uses. The virtues of PEEK, as a material for spinal implants, are well documented in the medical literature. Researchers have found that the material has similar strength and stiffness to bone and its radiolucency, or transparency, makes surgical sites easy to see on x-rays. Dr. Burkus and his co-researchers used in vitro and in vivo testing to discover how bone would respond to smooth-surface PEEK, porous PEEK, and micro-textured titanium plasma-coated PEEK. Dr. Burkus presented their research findings at the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS17; April 12-14 in Boca Raton, FL. The meeting was attended by spine specialist from around the world.

Porous PEEK demonstrates greater osseintegration than micro-textured titanium