Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Stephen M. McCollam of Atlanta's Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic

Laura Dyrda -  
Stephen M. McCollam, MD, currently serves as president of Atlanta's Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic, where he has been a hand surgeon for more than 20 years. His leadership in orthopedics extends well beyond the U.S. borders, as he has volunteered his time at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti for the past two decades.

While treating patients in underserved countries always presents unique challenges, Dr. McCollam's most recent trip to Haiti was especially meaningful after the country experienced devastating earthquakes earlier this year.

"There was nearly complete and total chaos," said Dr. McCollam in the Georgia Trend. "People were dying every day of infections because they had run out of antibiotics and they had run out of all pain medicines. The hospital normally can hold 80 patients and when we got there the best estimates were 500 patients in and around the hospital, out in the courtyards and the halls were lined on both sides with beds."

Dr. McCollam was able to coordinate with Piedmont and WellStar hospitals in Atlanta to gather thousands of doses of antibiotics and narcotics for Haitian patients. POC physicians make two or three trips to treat Haitian patients each year and are responsible for using charitable donations to ship medical supplies into the country. Dr. McCollam said the practice formed a foundation for the donations, which has raised more than $10,000.

Dr. McCollam has held leadership in several professional societies, including the presidency of the Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has served on the board of councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is currently the vice-chair of its committee on regulatory and legislative affairs. Dr. McCollam has also served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

During his career, Dr. McCollam has earned several recognitions, including the "Top Doctor" award in orthopedic hand surgery from Atlanta Magazine. He has been honored as a "Healthcare Hero" by Georgia Trend for his work in Haiti. He currently serves as an orthopedic hand consultant to Georgia State University and the Atlanta Hawks.

Dr. McCollam earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and completed his orthopedic training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Indiana University/St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. McCollam was also an AO International Upper Extremity Fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Arthur Rettig of Indianapolis' Methodis Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. H. Brent Bamberger of Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio

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