State-by-state breakdown of 50+ orthopedic surgeon moves in 2018


More than 50 orthopedic surgeons joined new practices or took on new positions in the past year. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of where they moved.

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Orthopedic trauma surgeon J. Tracy Watson, MD, joined The CORE Institute in Phoenix.

Orthopedic surgeon Brian Seeto, MD, joined The CORE Institute in Phoenix.



Pine Bluff-based Jefferson Regional Medical Center's South Arkansas Orthopedic Center welcomed Gordon Birk, MD.



Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD, joined the Orthopedic Surgical Practice in Santa Barbara (Calif.).



Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., welcomed Kirk Clifford, MD, and James Gebhard, MD.

Colorado Springs-based Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence welcomed Jason Weisstein, MD, who previously served as director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla.



Frank Hermantin, MD, began seeing patients at OrthoConnecticut's New Milford and Sharon offices.

Randolph Sealey, MD, began seeing patients at OrthoConnecticut's New Milford location.



Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine welcomed Eddie Powell, MD.

Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute in Jupiter, Fla., will welcome fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine surgeon James Kerpsack, MD, to the practice July 30.



OrthoAtlanta in Stockbridge, Ga., welcomed Minoo Hollis, MD.

Brian Seng, DO, joined Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists at its Woodstock, Ga., location.



Jason Tani, MD, joined North Hawaii Health & Wellness Orthopedic Clinic at the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea.



Pediatric orthopedic surgeon Gary Botimer, MD, returned to his home state of Idaho to open a practice at Boise-based St. Luke's Children's Hospital's medical center in Nampa.



Rueben Nair, MD, joined Downers Grove, Ill.-based DuPage Medical Group.

Chicago-based Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, the largest independent physician-owned orthopedic practice in the U.S., appointed William Robb III, MD, orthopedic director and CMO.

Peter Mulhern, MD, joined OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Ill., and OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, Ill.

Orthopedic surgeon Alan Blank, MD, joined Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's orthopedic oncology team.



Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Phinit Phisitkul, MD, joined Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa.



Orthopedic surgeon Firas Kawtharani, MD, joined Liberal, Kan.-based Southwest Medical Center.

Orthopedic surgeon Oluwaseun Akinbo, MD, joined HaysMed in Hays, Kan., as a full-time physician.

Jennifer Waterman, DO, joined Topeka, Kan.-based Stormont Vail Health.



Orthopedic surgeon Leonid Dabuzhsky, MD, joined the Center for Orthopedics & Joint Replacement at Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Mass.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Hayer, MD, joined Valley Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in Greenfield, Mass.

James Parkinson, MD, joined the medical staff of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Medical Center and physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates in North Adams, Mass.



North Shores-based Foot & Ankle Specialists of West Michigan hired Katherine Sage, DO.



Michael Holte, MD, joined Glenwood, Minn.-based Glacial Ridge Hospital.



Ronald F. Lopez, MD, became senior medical director of Missouri Care, a St. Louis-based health plan.

Blake Peterson, MD, will join the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center in St. Joseph, Mo., in August.


New Hampshire

Roderick Bruno, MD, joined Core Orthopedics at the Center for Orthopedics & Movement on the Exeter (N.H.) Hospital campus.


New Jersey

New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System named James Wittig, MD, medical director of orthopedic oncology and chairman of the orthopedics department at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon David Junkin, MD, joined Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, N.J., a 211-bed nonprofit community hospital.


New York

Elaine Mau, MD, joined Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System Orthopedic Group.

Steven J. Kaplan, MD, joined Lewis County General Hospital and Lewis County Orthopedics in Lowville, N.Y.

Jamestown, N.Y.-based Great Lakes Physician Practice welcomed orthopedic surgeons James Fitzgerald, MD, and Brian Mata, MD.

Anthony Romeo, MD, joined Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute as chief of orthopedics for the New York branch after spending several years at Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.



David A. Rhodes, MD, joined Integris Edmond (Okla.) Orthopedics.



Jonathan Lechner, MD, joined Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center, effective Feb. 5.

Orthopedic surgeon Wingrove Jarvis, MD, joined UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven (Pa.).


Rhode Island

Eric M. Cohen, MD, joined Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics.


South Carolina

Robert Elvington, MD, joined Varnville, S.C.-based Hampton Regional Medical Center.



Harold Weems Jr., MD, joined the recently established Christus Trinity Clinic in Texarkana, Texas.

Arthur Strahan, MD, and Douglas Duncan, MD, began seeing patients at Christus Trinity Clinic in Marshall, Texas.



Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, left the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville to become the spine division chief of Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health, effective Sept. 1.



Melissa Kounine, DO, joined the Washington Orthopaedic Center in Centralia.

Yakima, Wash.-based Astria Regional Medical Center welcomed Corbett Winegar, MD.


West Virginia

Huntington, W.Va.-based Marshall University named Chad Lavender, MD, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Huntington, W.Va.-based Marshall Orthopaedics welcomed board-certified orthopedic surgeon Matthew Bullock, DO.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Stuart Anderson, MD, joined Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital.



Brian Keyes, DO, will bring his practice to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Janesville, Wis., having spent the previous seven years at Indianapolis-based IU Health.



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