Michael F. Blum, M.D.

I've always enjoyed repairing anything not working. I worked as a welder for two years at Ingall's Iron Works when I came out of high school. I later went to St. Vincent's School of Nursing and worked my way through pre-med as a nurse in ICU/CCU at South Highlands Hospital. While working in surgery as a Scrub Tech and PCA, I was intrigued by orthopaedics. I love the challenge of re-establishing function. There is no more of a reward in my day than to see someone that could not walk or function get back to a pain-free, productive lifestyle.

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Ekkehard Bonatz, M.D., Ph.D.

There is value in treating orthopaedic conditions with surgery. In orthopaedics we tighten things that are loose, loosen things that are tight, and fix things that are broken. This also applies just the same to hand surgery. The intricate structures of the hand, wrist, and elbow require a challenging approach, both surgically and mentally, and I thrive on this challenge! Also, most surgeries can be accomplished as an outpatient or office procedure, so there is little lingering around after hours or on weekends!

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George Robert Booker, M.D.

My only exposure to the medical field was through my grandfather who owned a pharmacy. Therefore I was planning on going into pharmacy until I met Dr. Bill Bryant who was a great friend and mentor. He purchased a farm in my hometown, and I managed it for him during my high school years. Having grown up farming and building all my life, he knew that I had an inclination for mechanical things and liked to work with my hands. For this reason, he introduced me to orthopaedics, and it was a great fit. I decided before starting college that it was the job for me, and fortunately I was able to attain my goal.

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William S. Craig IV, M.D.

My decision to pursue medicine, in particular non-surgical spine and musculoskeletal medicine, was due to multiple sports related back and neck injuries. Subsequently, I had difficulty finding an appropriate healthcare provider in the late 1990s near Nashville where I lived at the time.

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Michael T. Ellerbusch, M.D.

I chose sports medicine as a subspecialty of orthopaedics initially because of a love for sports. Most sports medicine injuries can be treated conservatively. By experiencing and observing sports injuries first hand, I realized how beneficial this specialty could be for the patients that I see. In addition, I enjoy seeing patients in clinic and on the sidelines at sporting events, so this specialty is a perfect fit for me.

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William D. Krauss, D.O.

I have always been interested in bones and joints ever since I was a young man. As a former athlete, I experienced multiple injuries and also saw my teammates experiencing various injuries on the playing field. From this, I developed a desire in learning how these injuries occurred and what could be done to treat them.

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William Douglas Sudduth, M.D.

I chose orthopaedics and sports medicine while in the Navy at Pensacola Air Station. I was asked to work in a speciality clinic and chose orthopaedics over reproductive clinic and senior officer sick call.

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CJ Talbert, M.D.

I am what is termed a general orthopaedic surgeon with a sub-specialty interest in spine. Over 80% of my practice involves evaluation and treatment of spine conditions. This includes neck, middle and lower back, and sacrum issues. I also have considerable experience dealing with complex adult degenerative problems, particularly hip and knee.

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