News Articles & Press Releases

At Southern Bone & Joint Specialist, our doctors strive to stay on the leading edge of technological and procedural advances. To the left are a number of news articles and press releases that have been made to showcase the determination of our doctors and staff to be the best they can be in the fields of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

We also developed a newsletter to inform our current and past patients of the advancements Southern Bone & Joint Specialists have made. In order to view the newsletter you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Below is a link to Adobe to install this program if it is needed.

Southern Bone & Joint Newsletter
 


SBJ adds therapist
2012-10-22
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists Rehabilitation has announced occupational therapist Robbie Bishop has joined its staff.

Bishop brings 17 years of occupational therapy experience to the group. Bishop received his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mississippi. He completed his master’s of public health degree with an emphasis in occupational health and safety from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Bishop has worked primarily in the area of Industrial rehabilitation doing functional capacity evaluations, impairment rating recommendations, work conditioning and injury prevention education, and ergonomic assessments.

He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association.

He is married to Stephanie Bishop and has three children, Abbie Grace, Blake and Bryce. They are members of First Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

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Gregg receives board certification
2012-08-21
Dr. Neal Gregg of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., an orthopaedic surgeon, was awarded board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Certification by the ABOS means that the orthopaedic surgeon has met the specified educational, evaluation and examination requirements of the board. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

The ABOS was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations.

Gregg, a Hattiesburg native, received his bachelor’s degree from William Carey University. He received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed an orthopaedic residency from the Medical College of Georgia.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is an orthopaedic group with 13 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Collins and Columbia.

 


SBJ offers Saturday sports clinic
2012-08-02
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, PA. will offer a free weekly Saturday morning sports clinic beginning Aug. 18-Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Hattiesburg.

For 28 years, SBJ orthopaedic surgeons have offered a sports medicine clinic to evaluate injured athletes. The clinic is one of the many services that Southern Bone and Joint Specialists have provided to area athl...etes. Parents are encouraged to accompany the athlete. There will be a charge for x-rays, supplies or medications.

The clinics were held on Friday evenings for years, but SBJ physicians found that the majority of players would awake on Saturday morning with a swollen knee or swollen ankle or shoulder pain.

For more information, call 601-554-7400.
 


Yelverton receives recertification
2012-07-3
Ben Yelverton, PA-C of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently received recertification of National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Certified physician assistants must maintain their certification every six years by following a two-pronged process which includes documentation of continuing medical education (CME) and successful completion of a recertification exam.

Yelverton is an orthopedic physician assistant who partners with Constantine Charoglu, M.D. and Rocco Barbieri, M.D., both fellowship trained hand orthopedic surgeons.

Yelverton received a bachelor of science in athletic training from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master of health sciences from the University of South Alabama.

Yelverton is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Mississippi Society of Physician Assistants and Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery Society.

 


Sikes performs direct anterior hip procedure
2012-07-24
Dr. James Sikes of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. performs the direct anterior hip approach for total hip arthroplasty.

For selected patients with painful arthritis of the hip, muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery is now available at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. performed by Sikes.

Muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery also called direct anterior hip replacement allows the surgeon to replace the arthritic hip without sacrificing any of the muscle attachments around the hip joint. With the sparing of the muscles about the hip, the patient may experience a faster initial recovery with less risk of developing a limp post-operatively from muscle weakness.

Hospital stays may be shortened to two or three days instead of five days with the traditional posterior surgery. Rehabilitation may be shortened from a week or two of inpatient treatment at a facility to just a few sessions of outpatient treatment with a physical therapist.

The procedure is not appropriate for severely deformed hips or when repairing an existing replacement.

Sikes, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgical training from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Sikes is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American College of Sports Medicine and the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

He has participated in numerous symposiums for the advancement of fracture care. He was an instructor for the AO/ASIF Fracture Management Foundation. He has participated in additional training in sports medicine in Jackson, Wyo. Sikes has 15 years experience replacing painful joints

If you would like to see if a direct anterior hip replacement may be the solution to relieve your pain and return to a more active lifestyle, please call 601-554-7400 for a consultation with Sikes.

 


Barbieri elected to hand society
2012-07-12
Dr. Rocco Barbieri of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has become a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).

Barbieri is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic hand surgeon. He has received certification of added qualifications in surgery of hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Founded in 1946, the ASSH is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery. With more than 2,000 hand surgeons around the world as members, the organization advances the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and medical professionals.

Barbieri received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residence at the University of Medicine at New Jersey. He completed his fellowship trained in reconstructive surgery of the hand and upper extremity at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association for Hand Surgery, American Medical Association and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

 


Charoglu joins hand society
2012-07-11
Dr. Constantine Charoglu of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has become a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).

Charoglu is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic hand surgeon. He has received certification of added qualifications in surgery of hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Founded in 1946, the ASSH is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery. With more than 2,000 hand surgeons around the world as members, the organization advances the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and medical professionals.

Charoglu received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School and his fellowship in hand and micro surgery at the Hand Center of Western New York at the State University of New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mississippi Orthopedic Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

 


Gregg featured in Orthopedics Journal
2012-05-23
Dr. Neal Gregg had an article published in the Orthopedics Journal May issue.

The article, Minocycline-induced Black Bone Disease Encountered During Total Knee Arthroplasty, describes a case of pigmented bone secondary to minocycline use in a 55-year-old woman undergoing total knee arthroplasty. Minocycline is a drug routinely used for the treatment of acne, rosacea and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gregg, a Hattiesburg native, received his bachelor’s degree from William Carey University. He received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed an orthopaedic residency from the Medical College of Georgia.

 


SBJ new open MRI receives ACR accreditation
2012-05-02
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. in Hattiesburg has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for its new open MRI unit as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

\"Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care,\" said SBJ executive director Stephanie McCrary.

MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

 


Conn presents at ICJR meeting
2012-04-17
Dr. Richard Conn recently gave five presentations at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction in Cleveland, Ohio.

More than 125 orthopedic surgeons, residents, physician assistants and nurses attended the second annual hip and knee course held at the Cleveland Clinic. This conference featured a faculty of national and internationally-known arthroplasty surgeons in combination with the Cleveland-based faculty to provide in-depth and relevant information regarding current issues facing the arthroplasty surgeon. In addition to didactic presentations, this dynamic course included panel discussions and case presentations, as well as featuring cadaver demonstrations and hands-on experience with instrumentation via saw-bones workshops.

Conn is a board-certified, fellowship-trained arthritic joint replacement physician.

Conn obtained his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his internship/residency in orthopaedic surgery in Greenville, S.C. After a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in arthritic joint replacement surgery, Conn returned to Hattiesburg. Conn belongs to several medical organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Southern Orthopedic Association, Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society. He is a member of the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery.

Founded in 2007, ICJR is an independent, nonprofit organization formed to change the status quo of orthopaedic education globally. The faculty is dedicated to reinventing the ways to gain knowledge that improves patient outcomes. Profits from ICJR activities are reinvested in the professional societies, charities, and organizations relevant to the critical issues in orthopaedics today. The goals and finances of the ICJR are transparent. For more information on ICJR, visit www.icjr.net.

 


SBJ physicians earn MAKOplasty certification
2012-04-09
Dr. James Sikes, Dr. Elliott Nipper and Dr. Michael Stonnington of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. have been certified to perform MAKOplasty, a partial knee resurfacing procedure.
“We are pleased to bring this technology to the Pine Belt area. We want to offer this minimally invasive procedure with precision to our patients with knee pain who do not need total knee replacement,” said Sikes, who was the first in the area to perform the procedure.
Stonnington said the new procedures preserves bone and tissue and the healing time is quicker. “The procedure is ideal for patients who have early stages of osteoarthritis. Not everyone is a candidate,” said Stonnington.
Nipper said Makoplasty removes less bone from the joint because it is resurfacing. “There is a smaller incision than total knee replacement. The robotic arm provides consistent precision.”
For more information on MAKOplasty, call 601-554-7400.


 


Dews serves as instructor at AANA
2012-03-05
Dr. Robert Dews of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists was invited to participate as an associate instructor on shoulder and knee arthroscopy at the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) in Chicago in February.

The three day, hands on course provides surgeons an opportunity to improve their technical skills with a multi-million dollar orthopaedic learning center.

AANA is made up of more than 3,000 physicians worldwide who demonstrate a continuing interest in arthroscopy. Many are pioneers in the field who are responsible for developing new and more sophisticated procedures and instruments.

Dews, a board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed a residency. He completed an AO Trauma fellowship at Watauga Orthopedics and a sports medicine fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and Mississippi Orthopedic Society.

Dews is the current president of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists. Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 16 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Collins.

 


Stonnington joins trauma association
2012-02-29
Dr. Michael Stonnington of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been invited as a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association.

Stonnington is the only Mississippi orthopaedic surgeon to be invited this year. He is the only one from Hattiesburg. There are currently seven members from Mississippi.

Stonnington received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. He then received his medical degree from Duke University and his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida. He is an asst. clinical professor at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He is the founding director of Orthopaedic Trauma Services at FGH. Dr. Stonnington is past president of medical staff at FGH. Stonnington recently authored two chapters in a major musculoskeletal textbook. Stonnington also completed a Florida State University study presentation with Dr. Andrew Wong on “Prevention of
Readhesion Following Quadriceplasty for Extension Contracture of the Knee.” He is the U.S. Orthopaedic Consultant for Futuro Braces, a division of 3M, a leading national and international soft goods and brace company.

 


Rouse receives Sportsmedicine Person of the Year
2012-02-28
Dr. Douglas Rouse of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been named the
Jack C. Hughston, M.D. Sportsmedicine Person of the Year by the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association.
The award is given to the person that has contributed to SEATA and athletic training as a profession. This award is the highest award given to a person who may not be an athletic trainer and is designed to show the district’s appreciation for particular contributions to the field of athletic training in the southeast. The recipient must have 15 years of service in an area of athletic training within the geographical region of SEATA. The award will be given at a ceremony in Atlanta in March.
“I have been fortunate in my career to be around and work with some of the very best athletic trainers in the country. I was a student athlete at one time and treated by Dr. Larry \\\\\\\"Doc\\\\\\\" Harrington and Dr. Jim Gallaspy, both of whom were pioneers and major contributors in the field of Athletic Training. Athletic Trainers have stimulated and enriched my life and the lives of so many of their patients. I believe our health care coverage would be severely lacking today without these dedicated health professionals,” said Rouse, who began the first sports medicine program in the state with the area’s first high school athletic trainer Pedro Moreno 28 years ago.

Rouse, a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where he played football. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi. He completed a one-year fellowship in arthroscopy and sports medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Ontario with Dr. Robert Jackson, the first orthopaedist in North America to perform arthroscopy. When Rouse and Dr. Richard Conn started Southern Bone and Joint Specialists 28 years ago, they had a one and a half employees. One was an x-ray technician who worked part-time. SBJ has grown to 16 physicians with 150 employees with four locations. Rouse has served on various committees and boards in the community. He is currently serving a 10-year-term on The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. He and his wife Pam have three children and recently became grandparents.
Licensed by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensures, Rouse has practiced orthopedics in Hattiesburg since 1981.
Rouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; has served as a state counselor for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine; a member and past president of the Mississippi Orthopedic Society; past president of the Michael Hoke Society; past president of the Medical Staff at Wesley Medical Center; and a delegate for the Mississippi State Medical Association. He also served as a member of the Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority from 2001-2004.
Rouse is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa at the University of Southern Mississippi and Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of Mississippi Medical School. He is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi\\\\\\\'s Alumni Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the President\\\\\\\'s Circle of the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.


 


SBJ adds physical therapy
2012-02-01
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has added three physical therapists to its staff.
“We are pleased to expand our services to include physical therapy at our Veterans Memorial Drive location,” said Dr. Robert Dews, SBJ president. “The addition of physical therapy to our current offerings will not only provide our patients with an important service, but it’ll also allow for quicker and effective treatment by simplifying communication and paperwork.”
Julie M. Falla, OTR/L, CHT; Anna Katharine Moore, PT, MPH; Robert Q. Sirmon, MPT, M.Ed. have joined Southern Bone and Joint Specialists Rehabilitation, It will be temporarily located on the third floor of 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr. When the Orthopedic Institute adjacent to Southern Bone and Joint Specialists is completed, the rehabilitation group will be located in the new facility in October.

 


SBJ unveils new open MRI
2011-12-14
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. offers Hitachi’s Oasis High Field Open Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging system, which is the most powerful whole body open MRI magnet available.

“We want our patients to have a comfortable experience when they have an MRI. It produces high-resolution images with short scan times, and its image quality is optimized by coil technology that conforms to the part of the body being scanned,” said Dr. Elliott Nipper, SBJ president.

Oasis, a 1.2 Tesla magnet, minimizes anxiety and claustrophobia and maximizes a more pleasant environment for the patient during the MRI exam. Patients may have a family member or friend in the MRI room. Oasis combines unparalleled patient comfort with powerful technology and an ultra fast workstation to make patient exams as quick and smooth as possible.

Physicians use an MRI to look inside the human body and obtain anatomical and functional diagnostic information.

SBJ offers MRI appointments from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday-Saturday.

 


Conn named Mississippi Healthcare Hero
2011-10-27
Dr. Richard Conn was named a Mississippi Healthcare Hero from the Mississippi Business Journal in Jackson in Oct. 27.

The MBJ honored 30 outstanding men and women in the health care industry whose contributions have increased the wellbeing of the community.

Conn is a fellowship-trained, board certified arthritic joint replacement surgeon. He is a co-founder of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A.

Conn, a Hattiesburg native, is the son of the area\'s first orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Francis R. Conn.

Schooled in the Hattiesburg public school system, Dr. Conn attended Mississippi State University and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his internship/residency in orthopaedic surgery in Greenville, S.C. In 1984, Conn returned to Hattiesburg after completing a year fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in arthritic joint replacement surgery. He specializes in arthritic/traumatic conditions of the hip and knee.

 


Evening clinic gives SBJ a leg up on orthopaedic patient care
2011-10-26
Dr. James Sikes is offering an evening clinic option for patient convenience at its Hattiesburg office.

Patients with any orthopedic problem or injury may request to be seen in the evening by Dr. Sikes. This is not a walk-in clinic. The extended hours are available to both new and existing patients.

\"Delivering quality outcomes and responding to the needs of our patients is our goal at Southern Bone and Joint. Many patients have job demands and family responsibilities that make typical appointment times difficult. Patients that work don’t want to take sick or vacation time for a doctor’s appointment,\" said Dr. Sikes, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon.

Prompt attention to a patient’s acute musculoskeletal pain lets our specialists develop an accurate treatment plan to get patients back in the game.

TriCare insurance is the only insurance that requires a referral. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 601-554-7400.

 


Dr. Dews receives board certification
2011-10-19
Dr. Robert Dews, a fellowship-trained, sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, has been awarded board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Certification by the ABOS means that the orthopaedic surgeon has met the specified educational, evaluation and examination requirements of the board. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

The ABOS was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations.

Dews, a Hattiesburg native, received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed a residency. He completed an AO Trauma fellowship at Watauga Orthopedics and a sports medicine fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is an orthopaedic group with 16 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Collins and Columbia.

 


SBJ announces foot and ankle specialist
2011-08-08
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has announced its newest physician, John H. Kosko, M.D., fellowship trained foot and ankle specialist.

Kosko, a Greenwood native, graduated summa cum laude in biological engineering from Mississippi State University. He received his doctor of medicine degree magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic residency from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. At UMC, he received the Department of Orthopedics OITE Award, Resident Research Award, Citizenship Award and Best Orthopaedic Teaching Resident. He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction from OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, N.C.

He is a member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

Kosko was a visiting medical student to the University of Oxford and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Center in Oxford, England. He completed an AO Fellowship in Luzern, Switzerland.

 


June is Scoliosis Awareness Month
2011-06-10
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. will offer free scoliosis screenings in June during Scoliosis Awareness Month.

“Scoliosis screenings are so important at an early age because we can do so much now whether it be close observation, bracing or surgery. If scoliosis goes undetected, it can lead to chronic severe back pain, deformity, cause trouble walking and difficulty in breathing,” said Dr. Jay Antinnes, a board certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon. Antinnes and Dr. Michael Patterson are the only board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeons in the Pine Belt area.

Scoliosis is side-to-side spinal curves. On an x-ray, the spine of an individual with scoliosis looks more like an \"S\" or a \"C\" instead of a straight line. Most spine curves in children with scoliosis will remain small and need only to be watched by an orthopaedist for any sign of progression.

If you are interested in a free scoliosis screening, call Southern Bone and Joint Specialists at 601-554-7455.


 


SBJ open MRI received accreditation for third time
2011-06-06
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. in Hattiesburg has been awarded its third three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for its open MRI unit as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

“Accreditation verifies the hardwork our employees do every day to make sure our patients are receiving outstanding care. It is an honor to have national recognition for our efforts,” said Stephanie McCrary, SBJ executive director.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 16 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Collins and Columbia.

 


SBJ/FGH to build orthopedic facility in Hattiesburg
2011-05-25
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. and Forrest General Hospital are pleased to announce a joint venture to create a new orthopedic hospital in Hattiesburg.

The hospital will include 30 orthopedic beds on the campus of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, located at 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr.

\"We are committed to advancing the quality of orthopedic healthcare for our region,\" said SBJ President Elliott Nipper, M.D. \"It will offer a personalized patient-focused environment and will add to Hattiesburg\'s reputation as a regional referral center in orthopedics and other medical specialties.\"

The project will include more than 74,000 square feet of new construction at a cost in excess of $30 million. In addition to the 30 licensed orthopedic beds, the facility will have orthopedic operating rooms, pre-operative and recovery rooms, as well as support services such as physical and occupational therapy, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services.

The facility is scheduled to be ready for patients in October 2012.
 


SBJ opens clinic in West Hattiesburg
2011-03-28
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has opened a satellite clinic in West Hattiesburg.

The clinic, located at 7127 Hwy. 98, Ste. 20, will offer orthopaedic care and x-ray services. SBJ physicians Dr. Lance Line, Dr. Robert Dews and Dr. Neal Gregg will see patients Tuesday-Thursday.

To schedule an appointment with Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., call 601-554-7400.

 


Conn trains other surgeons on direct anterior hip approach
2011-03-24
Dr. Richard Conn of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently trained other orthopaedic surgeons at a Stryker training lab for the direct anterior hip approach for total hip arthroplasty in Las Vegas.

Ten faculty surgeons and 72 orthopedic surgeons from around the world were trained. Conn’s points of emphasis were on the use of the \"muscle sparing\" approach to the hip, computer navigation for enhanced placement of component parts, and the ARCH table extension for assistance in proper leg placement for the direct anterior hip approach.

For selected patients with painful arthritis of the hip, muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery is now available at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. exclusively through Conn.

Muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery also called direct anterior hip replacement allows the surgeon to replace the arthritic hip without sacrificing any of the muscle attachments around the hip joint. With the sparing of the muscles about the hip, the patient may experience a faster initial recovery with less risk of developing a limp post-operatively from muscle weakness. Muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery is performed utilizing a special surgical table that aids Conn in gaining proper exposure of the hip joint. Muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery usually takes Conn one and ½ hours which is just slightly longer than a conventional hip replacement procedure.

Hospital stays have been shortened to two or three days instead of the usual five days with the traditional posterior surgery. Rehabilitation may be shortened from a week or two of inpatient treatment at a facility to just a few sessions of outpatient treatment with a physical therapist.

The procedure will not work for severely deformed hips, he said, or when repairing an existing replacement.

Conn is a founder of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. He received his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in hip and knee replacement surgery. Conn is Mississippi’s first fully fellowship-trained arthritis surgeon and has performed more than 10,000 hip and knee replacement operations since 1984. Conn continues to seek new and innovative ways to assist patients with the management of painful arthritic hips and knees. As a lecturer, Conn trains surgeons across the country in advanced hip and knee replacement techniques.

 


Southern Surgery Center receives AAAHC accreditation
2011-03-17
Southern Surgery Center, LLC has achieved its fourth consecutive three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients.

Southern Surgery Center, LLC, located at 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Hattiesburg, was established in August 2000. Orthopaedic and pain management procedures are perfomed at the surgery center.

Status as an accredited organization means that Southern Surgery Center, LLC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by the accreditation association. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of its facilities and services. Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory healthcare organizations seek accreditation; not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

“We are committed to providing the highest level of quality care to the community we serve. We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement and quality care in the future,” said Becky Swan, RN, MSN, CNOR, administrator/director of nursing of Southern Surgery Center, LLC. “Going through the process of accreditation challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients; and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide.”

The facility includes four operating rooms, one procedure room, nine pre-op bays, nine recovery bays, two overnight extended-care rooms and a training observation room.

Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive onsite, peer-based survey of its facilities and services.

 


Line receives sports medicine certification from ABOS
2011-01-24
Dr. Lance Line of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has received subspecialty certification in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

Candidates are required to document proficiency in surgical procedures and also non-surgical management of sports medicine problems. This was followed by an intensive four-hour examination. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

Dr. Line maintains an active sports medicine practice with a subspecialty interest in shoulder conditions in Hattiesburg since 1995. He is currently a team physician for the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, Pearl River Community College and many area high schools.

He also sees patients in Southern Bone and Joint’s satellite clinics in Columbia, Collins and Hattiesburg 98 West location once a week.

Dr. Line attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center and subsequently completed his residency at University Medical Center in Jackson. Following residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy in Richmond, Va. which included an internship with the Pittsburg Steelers professional football program.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mississippi Orthopaedic Society and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Line and his wife Marcia have two children, Hayes and Haley. They are members of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

 


Folse serves as sports subspecialty editor
2010-11-22
Dr. Y. Susi Folse of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been named sports subspecialty editor of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Online Case Study Program.

The subspecialty editor position is a one year commitment. As editor, Folse is responsible for editing cases that are submitted as well as generating new case submissions. The case study program accepts cases on electromyography, musculoskeletal, pain, spinal cord injury, stroke, sports medicine and pediatric rehabilitation.
AAPM&R has more than 7,500 members. The academy represents more than 87 percent of U.S. physiatrists and international colleagues from 37 countries.

Folse received her athletic training degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She later received her medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1996 and also served her internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation there. While at LSU, she served as associate chief resident and director of the residency sports medicine program.

Folse is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association and Southern Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society. She currently serves as the co-director of the USM student athletic training program.

 


Moore named to PA advisory board
2010-11-03
Buddy Moore, PA-C of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently was named to the Mississippi College Physician Assistant program’s advisory board.

Mississippi College is the state’s only physician assistant program and will enroll students in the summer of 2011.

Moore is an orthopedic physician assistant who partners with James Sikes, M.D. and Michael Stonnington, M.D., both general orthopedic surgeons.

Moore has bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology and athletic training from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, Ga. He received his master’s degree in human performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Association of Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Moore and his wife Anna Katharine have two children. They attend Heritage United Methodist Church.

 


Antinnes performs scoliosis screenings
2010-09-20
Dr. James Antinnes of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists recently performed scoliosis screenings at Petal Upper Elementary School.

“Scoliosis screenings are so important at an early age because we can do so much now whether it be close observation, bracing or surgery. If scoliosis goes undetected, it can lead to chronic severe back pain, deformity, cause trouble walking and difficulty in breathing,” said Antinnes, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon.

Scoliosis is side-to-side spinal curves. On an x-ray, the spine of an individual with scoliosis looks more like an S or a C instead of a straight line. Most spine curves in children with scoliosis will remain small and need only to be watched by an orthopaedist for any sign of progression.

If you are interested in a free scoliosis screening for your school, call Southern Bone and Joint Specialists at 601-554-7455.

 


Conn to present muscle sparing anterior hip replacement seminar
2010-08-30
Dr. Richard Conn will present Muscle Sparing Anterior Hip Replacement at Senior Circle\'s Dine with a Doc on Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Wesley Medical Center.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Call 601-268-8192 to register.
 


SBJ offers free Saturday morning clinic for area athletes
2010-08-18
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, PA. will offer a free weekly Saturday morning sports clinic beginning Aug. 28-Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m. at 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Hattiesburg.

For more than 20 years, SBJ orthopaedic surgeons have offered a sports medicine clinic to evaluate injured athletes. The clinic is one of the many services that Southern Bone and Joint Specialists have provided to area athletes. Parents are encouraged to accompany the athlete. There will be a charge for x-rays, supplies or medications.

“We did these clinics on Friday evenings for years, but found that the majority of players would awake on Saturday morning with a swollen knee or swollen ankle or shoulder pain,” said orthopaedic surgeon Doug Rouse. “We decided to move the clinic to Saturday to better serve these athletes. Of course, if a player has a fracture, dislocation or painful injury and needs to be seen Friday night, we are always available.”

Rouse began the sports medicine clinics with the area’s first high school athletic trainer Pedro Moreno more than 20 years ago.
For more information, call 601-554-7400.

 


Sikes receives recertification
2010-07-29
Dr. James Sikes was recently recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

The recertification examination evaluates an orthopaedist’s continuing competence through evidence of continuing medical education, credentialing and examination. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

Sikes received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi where he was a baseball scholarship athlete. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgical training from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Sikes is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American College of Sports Medicine and the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

He has participated in numerous symposiums for the advancement of fracture care. He was an instructor for the AO/ASIF Fracture Management Foundation. He has participated in additional training in sports medicine in Jackson, Wyo.

 


SBJ announces new physician
2010-07-27
SBJ announces new physician
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has announced its newest physician, Dr. Neal Gregg, a general orthopaedic surgeon.
Gregg, a Hattiesburg native, received his bachelor’s degree from William Carey University. He received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed an orthopaedic residency from the Medical College of Georgia.
Gregg worked at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. and Southern Surgery Center as a medical assistant for one and a half years.
Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Collins, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


SBJ adds appointment reminder system
2010-07-23
Southern Bone and Joint has implemented HouseCalls, a personalized appointment reminder system that will call the patient\'s home to remind of upcoming appointments.

The system calls surgery center and clinic patients. The system will also be able to call employees in situations such as a disaster or severe weather/office closing.

The system will call one or two days prior to appointment. HouseCalls calls patients between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. If a patient is not available, the system leaves a message.

SBJ feels it is important to provide a higher level of service and a more efficient means of communication.

 


Stonnington to Stonnington to speak at primary care conference
2010-05-01
Dr. Michael Stonnington has been invited to present at the Forrest General Hospital Primary Care Conference in May in Perdido Beach, Ala.

He will discuss shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy.

Stonnington is currently president of medical staff of Forrest General Hospital.
 


Hand surgeon receives hand certification
2010-02-17
Dr. Constantine Charoglu of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently received certification of added qualifications in surgery of hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Charoglu is a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand surgeon.

To qualify for certification in the subspecialty of surgery of the hand, a surgeon must, among numerous other requirements, have been in the active practice of hand surgery for at least two years following the completion of formal training, hold full operating privileges in an accredited hospital and have successfully passed all examinations.

Charoglu received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School and his fellowship in hand and micro surgery at the Hand Center of Western New York at the State University of New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


 


Hand surgeon receives hand certification
2010-01-28
Dr. Rocco Barbieri of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently received recertification of added qualifications in surgery of hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Barbieri is a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand surgeon.

Barbieri received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residence at the University of Medicine at New Jersey. He completed his fellowship trained in reconstructive surgery of the hand and upper extremity at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association for Hand Surgery, and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and the HAND Journal.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 14 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Collins and Poplarville.

 


SBJ to open Collins Clinic
2010-01-04
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. will open a satellite clinic in Collins Jan. 12.

The clinic, located at the Covington County Hospital at 701 S. Holly Ave., will offer orthopaedic care and x-ray services. SBJ physicians Dr. Lance Line and Dr. Robert Dews will see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We have had great success with our satellite clinics in other areas and Collins was the next place we wanted to offer our services,” said Line, a board certified, fellowship trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon. “It will allow us greater availability to our patients in Covington County, Laurel and Magee.

To schedule an appointment with Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., call 601-554-7400.

 


SBJ adds new physician
2009-12-08
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has announced its newest physician Dr. Ed Bagingito, a fellowship trained anesthesiologist.

Bagingito received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He completed an internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He received fellowship training in cardiac anesthesiology from the University of California Los Angeles.

He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, International Anesthesia Research Society, Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists and American Medical Association.

 


Conn discusses latest trends
2009-11-1
Dr. Richard Conn recently participated in the Stryker Hip Champions meeting in New York City which included surgeons from the United States and United Kingdom discussing the latest trends and techniques in hip resurfacing.

Conn, a board-certified, fellowship-trained arthritic joint replacement surgeon, was the first physician in the United States to perform the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System in the United States. Cormet hip resurfacing, an alternative to total hip replacement, was approved in 2007 by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

Conn received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his internship/residency in orthopaedic surgery in Greenville, S.C. After a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in arthritic joint replacement surgery, Conn returned to Hattiesburg. Conn belongs to several medical organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Southern Orthopedic Association, Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association, Mississippi Orthopaedic Society and the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery.

 


Nipper receives board certification
2009-09-30
Elliott B. Nipper, M.D. with Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was awarded board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery means that the orthopaedic surgeon has met the specified educational, evaluation and examination requirements of the board. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery is one of twenty-four certifying boards that have met the educational and organizational requirements necessary for membership in the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are distinguished orthopaedic surgeons who are active in patient care, education and research.

 


SBJ announces new physician
2009-08-17

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has announced its newest physician, Dr. Robert Dews, a fellowship-trained, sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon.

Dews, a Hattiesburg native, received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed a residency. He completed an AO Trauma fellowship at Watauga Orthopedics and a sports medicine fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

 


Stonnington receives recertification
2009-07-30
Dr. Michael Stonnington of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was recently recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

The recertification examination evaluates an orthopaedist’s continuing competence through evidence of continuing medical education, credentialing and examination. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

Stonnington, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with special interests in traumatology, total joint replacement and sports medicine, focuses on the treatment of acute fractures, post-traumatic deformities and non-unions including injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum at the Orthopaedic Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital - a major trauma referral hospital for the state of Mississippi. Stonnington is co-chairman of FGH department of surgery.

He received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. He then received his medical degree from Duke University and his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida. He is the founding co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital. Stonnington recently authored two chapters in a major musculoskeletal textbook. He is the U.S. Orthopaedic Consultant for Futuro Braces, a leading national and international soft goods and brace company. He received his Air Force Reserve Commission in 1988 and was active duty at Keesler Air Force Base for three years as a staff orthopaedic surgeon. Stonnington is a Lieutenant Colonel and during his Air Force career served on a forward surgical team. One of his last responsibilities in the military involved teaching battlefield surgery. Such endeavors included travel to war-torn Nepal where he taught battlefield surgery to the Royal Nepalese Army.

 


Folse receives recertification by ABPMR
2009-05-05
Dr. Y. Susi Folse of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. received a recertification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Her recertification will be effective until 2021. Folse passed in the following specific content areas: physical medicine and rehabilitation general topics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and neurorehabilitation. The certification provides assurance to patients and their families, payors, funding agencies and the public that ABPMR diplomats maintain and continually improve their knowledge of physiatry. Prior to receiving a passing score on the exam, the certification is achieved through a process of ongoing participation in continuing medical education (CME), self-assessment and practice improvement.

Folse currently teaches a medical aspects class for the athletic training program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Folse serves as the co-director of the USM student athletic training program.
She received her athletic training degree from USM. She later received her medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1996 and also served her internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation there. While at LSU, she served as associate chief resident and director of the residency sports medicine program. Folse is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association and Southern Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopedic group with 15 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

 


Folse receives sports medicine certification
2009-01-23
Y. Susi Folse, M.D. of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has received subspecialty certification in sports medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The certification identifies physiatrists who through education and experience have acquired a special proficiency in sports medicine. Folse passed a written exam and completed 30 continuing medical education (CME) credits relevant to sports medicine. The certificate is a 10-year, time-limited certificate.

Folse currently teaches a medical aspects class for the athletic training program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Folse serves as the co-director of the USM student athletic training program.

She received her athletic training degree from USM. She later received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1996 and also served her internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation there. While at LSU, she served as associate chief resident and director of the residency sports medicine program. Folse is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Southern Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

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Stonnington named President-Elect of FGH Medical Staff
2009-01-05
Michael Stonnington, M.D. has been named president-elect for Forrest General Hospital\'s medical staff. Stonnington will assume these responsibilities in January 2010. This position involves serving as a liaison between physicians and hospital administration and is a very important role in the hospital\'s delivery of patient care.

Stonnington is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. He is one of the founding directors of Forrest General\'s Orthopaedic Trauma Services and has been on staff at the hospital for more than eight years. He specializes in traumatology, total joint replacement and sports medicine.

Stonnington received his medical training at Duke University and the University of Virginia, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society, among other professional organizations.
 


SBJ physician invited to arthritic joint society
2008-08-06
Richard Conn, M.D. of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been invited to be a member of the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery.

The society is comprised of orthopaedic surgeons with special interest in total joint arthroplasty. The membership is diverse, not only geographically but in practice settings as well. The 60-member group remains small to insure its tradition and founding principles that include sharing of experiences and knowledge, camaraderie and social activities. Membership is by invitation only. Conn and Guy Vise, M.D. of Jackson are the only members from Mississippi.

Conn, a board-certified, fellowship-trained arthritic joint replacement surgeon, will be expected to attend annual meetings and present scientific papers.

Conn began his medical career at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he received his doctor of medicine degree. He completed his internship/residency in orthopaedic surgery in Greenville, S.C. He completed a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in arthritic joint replacement surgery. Conn belongs to several medical organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Southern Orthopedic Association, Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


SBJ/SSC offers wireless internet
2008-08-01
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. and Southern Surgery Center now offer wireless internet in its lobby areas for patients.
 


SBJ sponsors sixth annual golf tournament
2008-07-30

Dr. Doug Rouse of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. poses with the first place team
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. hosted its sixth annual golf tournament for coaches and referring physicians on July 28 at Canebrake Country Club.

More than 80 players participated. This year there were three teams that shot a 56 in the four-man scramble. The winners were decided by a scorecard playoff. First place was: Dr. James Holmes of Wiggins, Ralph Sims of Seminary and Joe Ignatius. Second place winners: Josh Hoffpauir, Drew Causey, Jamie McMahon and Richard Mathis, all of Pearl River Community College. Third place winners: Encore trainer Jeff Davis, Steve Knight, Tracy English and DJ Pulley, all of William Carey University.
 


Conn receives recertification
2008-07-14
Richard A. Conn, M.D. of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was recently recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

The recertification examination evaluates an orthopaedist’s continuing competence through evidence of continuing medical education, credentialing and examination. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

Conn specializes in arthritic/traumatic conditions of the shoulder, hip and knee. Conn, received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi. Conn completed his internship/residency in orthopaedic surgery in Greenville, S.C. In 1984, Conn returned to Hattiesburg after completing a year fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in arthritic joint replacement surgery.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Southern Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


Melancon receives recertification
2008-07-11
Keith P. Melancon of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was recently recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

The recertification examination evaluates an orthopaedist’s continuing competence through evidence of continuing medical education, credentialing and examination. The examination includes written and oral exams. ABOS administers the exam every 10 years.

Melancon received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Louisiana State University. He completed orthopaedic residency training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is the past president of the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthoapedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Association for Hand Surgery, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association and Southern Orthoapedic Association.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

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SBJ surgeon performs hip resurfacing procedure at NYU program
2008-07-09

Fred Jaffe, M.D. of New York University Hospital, Derek McMinn, M.D. from Birmingham, England and Richard Conn, M.D. of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. gave presentations at the New York University Orthopaedic Hospital Femoral Resurfacing program in New York City.
Dr. Richard Conn of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. performed a hip resurfacing procedure during the New York University Orthopaedic Hospital Femoral Resurfacing program.

Conn emphasized his modifications of the Hardinge approach to the hip to facilitate this procedure. He also gave a presentation on complications associated with femoral resurfacing.

Conn was among other distinguished orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Fred Jaffe with the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and Dr. Derek McMinn, who is credited with being the developer of modern hip resurfacing with the introduction of the Cormet Hip Resurfacing system and the Birmingham hip which are alternatives to total hip replacement.

Conn is the first physician in the United States to perform a hip resurfacing procedure with the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System, offered exclusively by Stryker in the United States. Conn also trains other surgeons across the country on how to perform the procedure and to select the appropriate patient. Cormet hip resurfacing, an alternative to total hip replacement, was approved in 2007 by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

Unlike hip replacement, in which the entire hip joint is replaced, hip resurfacing involves shaping and capping, with an implant, a few centimeters of bone within the hip joint. The implant, made from cobalt chrome, has the potential to last longer than traditional hip implants, experts say, making it an especially attractive option for younger, more active patients.

The technique also offers other advantages over the traditional hip replacements performed in the United States, the experts said. The resurfacing implant is larger than the femoral head used in total hip replacements, offering greater stability and reducing the risk of dislocation, the most common cause of hip replacement failures. It also offers greater range of motion after surgery.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.




 


Stonnington appointed to volunteer faculty at Indiana University
2008-07-02
Dr. Michael Stonnington of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has recently been appointed volunteer faculty at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Stonnington, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, will give orthopaedic surgery lectures to the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation residents.

He is the current Forrest General Hospital chairman of the department of surgery.

After receiving his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, Stonnington then received his medical degree from Duke University and completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida. He is a founding co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital. Stonnington has authored two chapters in a major musculoskeletal textbook. He is the U.S. Orthopaedic Consultant for Futuro Braces, a leading national and international soft goods and brace company. He received his Air Force Reserve Commission in 1988 and was active duty at Keesler Air Force Base for three years as a staff orthopaedic surgeon. Stonnington is a Lieutenant Colonel and during his Air Force career served on a forward surgical team. One of his last responsibilities in the military involved teaching battlefield surgery. Such endeavors included travel to war-torn Nepal where he taught battlefield surgery to the Royal Nepalese Army.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


SBJ physician assistant receives recertification
2008-07-01
Buddy Moore, PA-C, of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently received recertification from the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Certified physician assistants must maintain their certification every six years by following a two-pronged process which includes documentation of continuing medical education (CME) and successful completion of a recertification exam.

Moore is an orthopedic physician assistant who partners with James Sikes, M.D. and Michael Stonnington, M.D., both general orthopedic surgeons.

Moore has bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology and athletic training from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, Ga. He received his master’s degree in human performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Society of Orthopedic Physician Assistants.

Moore and his wife Anna Katharine have two children. They attend Heritage United Methodist Church.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


SBJ surgeon participates in partial knee resurfacing panel
2008-06-30
Dr. Richard Conn of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. participated in a Stryker partial knee resurfacing panel in New York City in June.

The 12-member panel discussed scientific background, clinical applications and surgical technique associated with Stryker’s partial knee resurfacing called Triathlon PKR. Triathlon PKR was introduced in January 2008. The implant is anatomically shaped and helps enable surgeons to use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. With this procedure, only the affected compartment of the arthritic femur and the tibia are resurfaced with artificial implants.

Because the PKR artificial joints are smaller than total knee implants, the surgical incision may be smaller. A smaller incision may lead to a smaller scar. According to Stryker studies, other potential benefits to PKR include a quicker operation, a shorter hospital stay compared to a total knee replacement and rehabilitation may also be more progressive.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


Charoglu inducted as fellow
2008-04-24
Dr. Constantine Charoglu of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Charoglu, a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand surgeon, was one of 675 new members inducted. AAOS has 31,383 members worldwide.

AAOS is the largest medical association for musculoskeletal specialists. Its fellows have completed medical school, plus at least five years of specialty study in orthopaedics in an accredited residency program, passed a comprehensive oral and written exam and been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Charoglu received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School and his fellowship in hand and micro surgery at the Hand Center of Western New York at the State University of New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Poplarville.

 


Dr. Rouse to serve on College Board
2008-04-11
Dr. Douglas W. Rouse of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been confirmed to serve on the State College Board.

Dr. Rouse has an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Rouse will serve a 10-year term on the 12-member board. Members are chosen from each of the three state Supreme Court districts. In this round of appointments, Gov. Haley Barbour had to choose two people from the central district and two from the southern district.

 


Sikes to throw first pitch at USM baseball game
2008-04-1
Dr. James Sikes of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been chosen to throw the first pitch at the USM/Houston baseball game on April 27 at Pete Taylor Park at 1 p.m.


 


Southern Surgery Center receives AAAHC accreditation
2008-04-02
Southern Surgery Center, LLC has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

“We are committed to providing the highest level of quality care to the community we serve. The hard work, commitment and dedication by the entire staff not only made it possible for Southern Surgery Center to be awarded a third three-year term of accreditation but also made it possible for the AAAHC surveyor to report that there were no deficiencies determined during the survey process,” said SSC administrator Becky Swan, RN, MSN, CNOR. “Our status as an AAAHC accredited organization allows us to provide an extra measure of confidence to our community. We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement and quality care in the future.”

Orthopaedic and pain management procedures are performed in the surgery center. Located at 3688 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Hattiesburg, the facility includes four operating rooms, one procedure room, nine pre-op bays, nine recovery bays, two overnight extended-care rooms, a voice-activated Hermes system and a training observation room.

Full time staffing at the SSC includes nine full time nurses and nine part-time/PRN nurses, four surgical technicians and five office personnel. The average number of years of experience for registered nurses is 20 years and surgical technicians is 12 years. SSC has nine board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, one board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon, three board-certified anesthesiologists and one board-certified fellowship-trained pain management physician.

Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive onsite, peer-based survey of its facilities and services. Accredited status means Southern Surgery Center has passed a series of rigorous and nationally-recognized standards for the provision of quality healthcare, set by the AAAHC. More than 3,000 ambulatory healthcare organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC.

 


SBJ surgeon to serve on hip resurfacing panel in New York
2008-03-05
Dr. Richard Conn of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has been invited to participate in a New York University panel discussion with leading national and international orthopaedic surgeons on hip resurfacing procedures in May.

Conn will be among seven other distinguished orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Fred Jaffe with the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and Dr. Derek McMinn, who developed a hip resurfacing system, an alternative to total hip replacement. They will present on the scientific background, clinical applications and surgical technique associated with hip resurfacing.

Conn is the first physician in the United States to perform a hip resurfacing procedure with the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System, offered exclusively by Stryker in the United States. Conn also trains other surgeons across the country on how to perform the procedure and to select the appropriate patient. Cormet hip resurfacing, an alternative to total hip replacement, was approved in 2007 by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

Unlike hip replacement, in which the entire hip joint is replaced, hip resurfacing involves shaping and capping, with an implant, a few centimeters of bone within the hip joint. The implant, made from cobalt chrome, has the potential to last longer than traditional hip implants, experts say, making it an especially attractive option for younger, more active patients.

The technique also offers other advantages over the traditional hip replacements performed in the United States, the experts said. The resurfacing implant is larger than the femoral head used in total hip replacements, offering greater stability and reducing the risk of dislocation, the most common cause of hip replacement failures. It also offers greater range of motion after surgery.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia and Forrest General Hospital.

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Orthopaedic surgeon presents at University of Florida
2008-03-05
Dr. Michael Stonnington of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was recently invited to the University of Florida Orthopaedic Residency Program in Gainesville, Fla. to teach the orthopaedic surgery residents.

He presented orthopaedic trauma cases such as complex pelvic injuries and instructed the residents in trauma care. He also helped lead a seminar regarding the transition from residency training to an orthopaedic surgery practice.

Stonnington, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with special interests in traumatology, total joint replacement and sports medicine, focuses on the treatment of acute fractures, post-traumatic deformities and non-unions including injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum at the Orthopaedic Trauma Services at FGH.

He received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. He then received his medical degree from Duke University and his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida. He is the founding co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital. Dr. Stonnington recently authored two chapters in a major musculoskeletal textbook.

He is the U.S. Orthopaedic Consultant for Futuro Braces, a leading national and international soft goods and brace company. He received his Air Force Reserve Commission in 1988 and was active duty at Keesler Air Force Base for three years as a staff orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Stonnington is a Lieutenant Colonel and during his Air Force career served on a forward surgical team. One of his last responsibilities in the military involved teaching battlefield surgery. Such endeavors included travel to war-torn Nepal where he taught battlefield surgery to the Royal Nepalese Army.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

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SBJ adds new physician
2008-02-03
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. has added a new physician, Elliott B. Nipper, M.D.

A native of Grenada, Nipper returns to Mississippi from Phoenix, Ariz. where he completed a fellowship in joint replacement.

Nipper received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and psychology from the University of Mississippi. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association and Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 15 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

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SBJ receives ACR accreditation
2008-01-02
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. in Hattiesburg has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 14 physicians and offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

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Hand surgeon featured in national ortho journal
2007-12-16
Dr. Constantine Charoglu of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. recently had an article published in Orthopedics.

Charoglu, a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand surgeon, conducted a study on the proper type of casting for wrist fractures.

Orthopedics is a monthly, peer-reviewed national journal which offers original articles covering all aspects of adult and pediatric orthopedic surgery and treatment.

Charoglu received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. He completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School and his fellowship in hand and micro surgery at the Hand Center of Western New York at the State University of New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Southern Bone and Joint is a regional orthopaedic group with 14 physicians with offices in Hattiesburg, Columbia, Poplarville and Forrest General Hospital.

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