Our History

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Celebrating Over 50 years of Service

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In the second decade of the twenty first century, four orthopaedic surgery practices became Ortho Georgia, a comprehensive provider of musculoskeletal care for all Georgians.

The beginning of the institution was Dr. Waldo Floyd, Jr.’s establishing an orthopaedic surgery practice in Macon in 1961 where he developed a statewide and then, a national reputation for advances in hand surgery, hip reconstruction, and the care of complex extremity injuries. That practice grew and in 1968, he was joined by Dr. Alex Weaver and a few years later by Dr. Emory Johnson. These three men were leaders in medicine and the community. Over the next three decades, a team of hand surgeons, sports medicine doctors, and spine surgeons would enable the growth of a major practice that became Macon Orthopaedic and Hand Center and later, OrthoGeorgia.

Concurrently, beginning in the late 1970s, Drs. Frank Kelly, Charles Richardson III , and later,  Gary Hattaway established a very strong orthopaedic practice with significant advances in total joint replacement, sports medicine, and spine surgery. Their practice, Forsyth Street Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center, flourished and attracted talented new surgeons and a large referral network.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Thomas Hopkins in Griffin and Dr. Todd Kinnebrew in Warner Robins developed busy orthopaedic and sports medicine practices, requiring  additional surgeons to care for their expanding volume of patients.

These four orthopaedic practices have formed OrthoGeorgia, a regional network of facilities that provides comprehensive orthopaedic care for the heart of Georgia from the south Atlanta suburbs to the Florida border.

The surgeons of OrthoGeorgia are national leaders in their field. Two surgeons have been on the Board of Councilors and one surgeon on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one surgeon has been on Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, six surgeons have been President of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society,  three surgeons President of Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand, three have been Chief of Staff of the Medical Center of Central Georgia now Navicent Health, four surgeons have been President of the Bibb County Medical Society, two surgeons have been on the Board of Directors of Central Georgia Health Network and one Chairman of that network, and one surgeon is a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.  These leadership positions demonstrate that the surgeons at OrthoGeorgia are relied upon for skill and judgment by their medical colleagues and their patients.

The strong foundation established over the last half century positions OrthoGeorgia to continue to meet the mission of excellence and provide for its patients first rate, comprehensive orthopaedic care.