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GEORGE SUTHERLAND Jr, MD

SPORTS MEDICINE: HIP, KNEE, SHOULDER, TOTAL JOINT

Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)

Residency

Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA)

Fellowship

Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Foundation (Columbus, GA)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

BRIAN THORPE - Physician Assistant (PA-C)

Physicians: George Sutherland Jr, MD
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS: Jennifer / Devon 
Office: 843-705-9401    -    Fax: 843-705-9403
APPOINTMENT: 843-705-9401
University of South Carolina Beaufort
PREP SPORTS TEAM PHYSICIAN
Bluffton High School
Ridgeland High School
Thomas Heyward Academy
SHOULDER CONDITIONS

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
Biceps Tendon Tear (at the Shoulder)
Biceps Tendonitis
Burners and Stingers
Bursitis of the Shoulder 
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder 
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder
Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
Fractures of the Greater Tuberosity Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
Fracture of the Shoulder Socket 
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Hill-Sachs Lesion
Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
Muscle Strain of the Upper Back
Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
Proximal Humerus Fracture
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Dislocation
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Instability
Shoulder Separation
SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
Suprascapular Neuropathy
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Weightlifter’s Shoulder 
Winged Scapula
Radial Tunnel Syndrome

SHOULDER PROCEDURES

Rotator Cuff Tears
Shoulder Instability
Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Fractures

With a passion for medicine that is perhaps only matched by his passion for the outdoors, Dr. George Sutherland hails from Richmond, VA and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. After graduation (and after a brief snowboarding sabbatical in Colorado), he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA.  

His move to the southeast came when Dr. Sutherland received his fellowship training from the Hughston Sports Medicine Fellowship in Columbus, GA. Again, though the outdoors came calling and Dr. Sutherland found the answer in Bluffton, SC, where the golf and fishing are among some of the best in the world.

He’s spent the last decade in Bluffton as part of Optim Orthopedics, where he has focused his areas of expertise on sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and knee construction with a focus on shoulder surgeries and ways to improve existing methods. “Shoulder surgery is not as bad as everyone thinks,” he said. “That’s what patients tell me, and that’s what has been mirrored in the research.”

Outside of the practice, Dr. Sutherland has supported several organizations in his community, serving as team physician Ridgeland High School’s football team and working with area non-profit Volunteers in Medicine to provide care for the less fortunate. “My door is always wide open for that group.”

Dr. Sutherland performs surgery at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, SC, Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head, SC, Doctors Hospital of Tattnall in Reidsville, GA and performs outpatient surgery at Optim Orthopedic Center in Savannah, GA. Clinics are held Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays in Bluffton, SC. 

And when he’s not there, you’ll find him out in the fresh air, working on his golf game or chasing that next trophy fish.

ELBOW CONDITIONS

Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Elbow Bursitis
Growth Plate Injuries of the Elbow
Hyperextension Injury of the Elbow
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Medial Apophysitis (Little Leaguer’s Elbow)
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow
Overuse Injuries of the Elbow
Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
Triceps Tendonitis
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

KNEE PROCEDURES

Meniscal Tears
Ligament Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration
Total Knee Replacement
Partial Knee Replacement

HIP PROCEDURES

Hip Arthropscopy
Hip Endoscopy

FOOT & ANKLE PROCEDURES

Foot/Ankle Arthropscopy
Achilles Repair
Ankle Instability

BRIAN THORPE - Physician Assistant (PA-C)

Brian Thorpe is physician assistant to George Sutherland, MD, for Sports Medicine. Thorpe earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, followed by his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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