George Sutherland Jr, MD

Sports Medicine: Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

Brian Thorpe - Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) ​
Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA)
Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Foundation (Columbus, GA)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

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.
Sports Medicine: Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

George Sutherland Jr, MD

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 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, 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.

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

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

Foot & Ankle Procedures

  • Foot/Ankle Arthropscopy
  • Achilles Repair
  • Ankle Instability

Knee Procedures

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

Hip Procedures

  • Hip Arthropscopy
  • Hip Endoscopy

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