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Peachtree Orthopedics Named an AJC Top Workplaces 2020

Peachtree Orthopedics is proud to be named a Top Workplace for the second consecutive year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AJC. We thank our dedicated and compassionate staff members for this honor, as their feedback helped make this distinction possible. They give their all every day and make PO a truly great place to work!

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Dr. John Chao's Patient: "I never felt so well taken care of."

"I just trust Dr. Chao so implicitly. He is passionate about what he does, and you can tell. No ego at all. It's about the patient. Compassionate, thorough, very smart and very capable, and now one of my favorite doctors. I never felt so well taken care of."

Watch as Dr. John Chao's patient, Beverly Losman, describes how he treated her broken ankle quickly and efficiently while also providing sympathetic care and got her back up and running in no time.

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Peachtree Orthopedics Employees Raise $400 for Atlanta Mission

On February 22, 2020, Peachtree Orthopedics employees gathered together to support Atlanta Mission and ran the 5K Race to End Homelessness. Peachtree Orthopedics employees raised $400 for the non-profit organization, which provides shelter, meals, job attainment services and counseling for homeless men, women and children in Atlanta.

Peachtree Orthopedics is proud to give back to the greater Atlanta community through our partnerships with various organizations. For more information on how you can volunteer or donate to Atlanta mission, please click here.

Dr. Walter McClelland Serves as "Doctor of the Day" at Capitol

Recently, Dr. Walter McClelland served as "Doctor of the Day" for the Georgia State Capitol. He met with legislators and discussed key issues facing the physicians and patients of Georgia, in addition to staffing the on-site medical clinic. The occasion was particularly interesting for Dr. McClelland since his grandfather served in the Georgia Legislature from 1956-1968.

Dr. Tim Griffith Discusses Youth Sports on Krush Performance Podcast

Dr. Griffith discussed sports specialization, the dangers of starting at too young of an age, what people can do to limit their risk while at the same time raising their potential, and how injuries, dropout rates and sports costs are all on the rise.

Krush Performance is a nationwide podcast in Canada hosted by Jeff Krushell, an MLB strength and conditioning coach, who focuses on the science of human performance and talent development. Click on this link to hear his interview with Dr. Griffith.

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Dr. Stephen Smith, PA Katie Smith medical mission trip to Honduras

Dr. Stephen Smith and his PA Katie Smith traveled to Honduras in late 2019 with One World Surgery where they and 38 other volunteers performed 41 knee replacements in just 3 days in the remote village of Tegucigalpa. This annual medical mission trip is very near and dear to Dr. Smith's heart. Watch as he explains why he "takes away as much from the trip as the patients get out of the trip."

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Ironman athlete is victorious once again thanks to Dr. Kercher

For many Ironman athletes, a leg injury can be devastating and possibly end one's triathlon days. This was the possibility that faced Laura Sophiea until she met Dr. Jim Kercher. "He cared about who I was. He knew from my story that I was an athlete and that I wanted to continue to be an athlete."

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Cumming office is newly remodeled and expanded!

Our Cumming office has recently been re-modeled and expanded to better serve the growing Forsyth County population! Our waiting room has more than doubled in size for our patients' comfort, and there are additional exam rooms so our physicians can see more patients. We also provide same-day care in Cumming and our other offices located throughout greater Atlanta. You can schedule an appointment by calling 833-3URGENT.

Why Dr. William Littlefield is the go-to hand doctor in Forsyth County

For many parents, a child breaking a bone can be a stressful and anxious experience - especially if that child is an athlete. So many questions can roam around a parent's mind. What's the best treatment option? Who's the best doctor in town for this kind of injury? Will my child be able to play sports again?

For one Forsyth County, that exact scenario played out a few years ago. Robin Beer's son Seth broke his thumb while playing high school football. Robin asked around and quickly learned that Dr. William Littlefield at Peachtree Orthopedics was THE go-to doctor for hand injuries.

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Dr. Walter McClelland moderates and speaks at American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meeting

Dr. Walter McClelland was the moderator and speaker for an Instructional Course Lecture at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in September. The ICL was titled "Current Techniques in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery," and Dr. McClelland's talk was on "Arthroscopic Options for the Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tear."

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Peachtree Orthopedics congratulates Bright Futures Atlanta

Peachtree Orthopedics would like to congratulate Bright Futures ATL on the dedication of their new youth center. Over the past year, Peachtree Orthopedics employees volunteered their services by helping with landscaping and various other needs in preparation for the construction of the center.

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Dr. Timothy Griffith publishes latest "Tommy John" study

Our very own Dr. Timothy Griffith has done it again with another comprehensive study on revision UCL reconstruction (or "Tommy John" surgery)!

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Haiti Mission Trip in May 2019

This past May, Dr. Michael Bernot, Dr. Ashok Reddy and Dr. Hal Silcox III traveled to Haiti to provide much-needed and vital orthopedic care to people in need. In less than a week, they volunteered their services and performed 15 surgeries for adults and children. These surgeries gave the Haitians a new lease on life, and many were able to return to work and school.

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We're Open on Saturday!

We know that orthopedic accidents don't just happen during the week, so we're here for you on Saturday mornings as well so you can carry on with your weekend.

- See an orthopedic specialist right from the start.
- Avoid a trip to the ER.
- Get immediate specialty care for minor orthopedic injuries needing urgent attention but do not require an ER visit, such as:

- Sprained or twisted ankles
- Broken or fractured bone
- Injury at sports practice
- Neck or back pain
- Muscle strains or tears
- Injury after a fall

Peachtree Orthopedics' Saturday Clinic is open from 9 - 11 a.m. at our West Paces office. Call 404-355-0743 for a same day appointment with a certified orthopedic specialist.


Outpatient Joint Replacement at Peachtree Orthopedics

Outpatient total joint replacement has been made possible by recent advances in technology, anesthesia, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Streamlined surgery, along with the proper physical therapy regimen, means an easier procedure and a faster recovery. Other benefits include:
  • Outpatient surgery centers are less intimidating for patients.
  • A streamlined procedure means lower out-of-pocket costs.
  • Minimized tissue damage, less scarring and fewer complications.
  • Pain management techniques for less medication, fewer side effects.
  • Being home the same day and a quicker return to your activities.


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Feel Better Faster | Video

It's our goal to get back to doing the things you love. Watch the video and find out why Atlanta trusts Peachtree Orthopedics.

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Saturday Morning Clinic

Our Saturday Clinic, now primarily held at our West Paces location or occasionally at our Northside location, is open every Saturday from 9 - 11 a.m. Walk-ins welcome or appointments available: whatever works best for YOU.

Call 404-355-0743 to learn more and to confirm the location for the date you'd like to visit.

AAOS Face-Off

By: Xavier A. Duralde, MD and Walter B. McClelland Jr, MD

Dr. Xavier Duralde and Dr. Walter McClelland were featured in a recent American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) publication (AAOS Now) debating the treatment approach to bicep tendon pathology. This prestigious publication is read by a global network of over 39,000 orthopedists.

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GSU+Peachtree Orthopedics

We were proud to be the presenting game sponsor during the February 18 men's basketball game vs. UT Arlington. This included an on-court presentation to Dr. Etty Griffin, long-time GSU men's baskeball team physician, and her assistant, Tanya Maxwell. Go Panthers!

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