Improving Patient Care


Here at Hughston we pride ourselves on delivering the very best in patient care. Part of that process is effective diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions. Without the proper diagnosis, you don’t receive the proper care; it’s as simple as that.


While we utilize a wide variety of diagnostic services, one of our favorites is the use of EMG/NCS (electromyogram and nerve conduction studies). These services are rendered through an amazing organization, EMG Solutions.


These guys really provide excellent service. Everything was easy to get started. We’ve been able to keep and ensure patient receive optimal care on premises, which was fantastic! Our doctors love them, our finance department loves them and most importantly our patients love them. We highly recommend EMG Solutions for any healthcare facility.

Hughston Foundation is participating in the state-wide fundraising event – Georgia Gives Day!

Now through November 28th, the Hughston Foundation is participating in the state-wide fundraising event – Georgia Gives Day!


Please visit the link for more information and to help us achieve our goal of protecting the athletes!



How You Can Help
To continue our campaign of protecting high school athletes we need financial support. As the official sports medicine provider for the Muscogee County School District and other county sports programs in the Chattahoochee Valley, we station trained professionals on the sidelines who respond immediately when an injury occurs. Our sideline coverage means that help is always only a few feet away. Our program also focuses on injury prevention through preparticipation screenings, wrestling assessments, concussion testing software, and educating the athletes and their coaches. Help us  continue to provide immediate, quality care and support when a student athlete is injured.



Hughston Gives Back
•     Manages the athletic healthcare of over 80% of participating athletes.
•     Administers low cost pre-participation physical screenings for local athletes.
•     Offers Saturday Morning High School Injury Clinic.
•     Provides cost-savings to player/guardian by reducing medical co-pays.

  • Hughston’s Concussion Management Program provides baseline concussion testing for all athletes at no cost to the school or athlete.
  • Covers special events in the area such as GHSA Wrestling Assessments, GHSA State Championships, GACA North-South Football Game.
    •     A trained medical professional is at every practice and game for all of the following teams:
    Muscogee County School District, and we also serve Calvary Christian School, Greenville High School, Harris County High School, Manchester High School, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Auburn University Recreation club sports, and the Columbus Lions

Sideline Medical Coverage
At The Hughston Foundation we have established safety protocols and procedures to reduce the chance of injury during practices and sporting competitions. If an injury does occur, our athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians are there to provide immediate care. Our community has approximately 5,000 high school and middle school athletes. During the 2016-2017 school year, our athletic training program treated approximately 2,500 injuries. These documented injuries included not only bloody noses and pulled muscles, but also more severe injuries, such as concussions, fractures, asthma attacks, and wounds requiring stitches. Some athletes required follow-up with a physician and rehabilitation to recover fully. Most often, treatment was rendered on the sidelines during practice and sporting events at no cost to the athlete or his or her parents or guardian. Our athletic trainers are on hand to educate athletes and their families or guardians about caring for the injury or illness and to assist in rehabilitation.

Thank You for Your Support
We greatly appreciate any financial assistance you can offer. Help us continue to provide immediate, quality care and support when a student athlete is injured.

The Hughston Foundation is a 501(c)(3) – 100% of your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law.

The Hughston Foundation Wins Award for Excellence

The Summer 2016 issue of the Hughston Health Alert recently won the Award for Excellence in the Newsletters Design and Layout category in the 2017 annual international APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competition.


To view the complete Summer 2016 issue, please visit:


The Hughston Health Alert has placed in the competition every year since 2002, winning a total of 5 Grand Awards in the newsletter category and 11 Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to our Editorial Board members for their hard work and continued dedication to this important publication.

Vol 28, No 3, Summer 2016 cover

Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual tournament to support The Arthritis Foundation. If you were not able to join, please do so next year!

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.

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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.