Meet our Doctors

Foot and Ankle Surgery


Michael E. Tollison, M.D


John W. Womack, III, M.D.

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery


James E. Jennings, Jr. M.D.


Christopher H. Kavolus, M.D.


Stephen R. Ridgeway, M.D.

Dylan Watson, M.D. 

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy


Thomas E. Baumgarten M.D.


B. Shay Koch, M.D.


John H. Paylor III, M.D.


John R. Vann, M.D.

Spine Care and Surgery


L. Breeden Hollis, Jr., M.D.


S. Emmett Lucas III, M.D.


Jennifer P. Martin, M.D.


Christopher D. Van Pelt, M.D.

Upper Extremity Specialists


  W. Arnold Batson, Jr., M.D.


  W. Clark Jernigan, M.D.


  Marc A. Tanner, M.D.

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons

Orthopedic doctors are trained in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, and allows you to move, work, and be active.

POA orthopedic doctors and surgeons are trained in four primary skills:

  1. Diagnosis of orthopedic injuries and disorders
  2. Treatment of those injuries and disorders through medication, exercise, surgery, or other customized treatment plans
  3. Rehabilitation through exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength, and function
  4. Prevention of further injury or degeneration by providing information and treatment plans 

Orthopedic doctors and surgeons at POA cover a wide range of specialties. All of our physicians are board certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Training of Orthopedic Doctors

Orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic doctors complete up to 14 years of formal education, including:

  • Four years of study in a college or university
  • Four years of study in medical school
  • Five years of study in orthopedic residency at a major medical center
  • One optional year of specialized fellowship education

After establishing a licensed practice, orthopedic surgeons must demonstrate mastery of orthopaedic knowledge by passing both oral and written examinations given by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Each year, orthopedic doctors spend many hours studying and attending continuing medical education courses to maintain current orthopaedic knowledge and skills.