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Cabell Huntington Hospital is an academic medical center that is closely affiliated with Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's Department of Orthopedics. The Department of Orthopedics is staffed by highly skilled physicians and surgeons offering nationally recognized, award-winning services that treat illness and injury related to bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and the nerves they affect. Some common conditions treated by the Department of Orthopedics include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles and bursitis
  • Ruptured disks, sciatica, low back pain and scoliosis
  • Degenerating hip and knee joints
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Problems of the hand, foot, wrist, arm, leg or hip

The Department of Orthopedics now includes nine physicians with orthopedic specialties that include care for sports-related injuries; arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery; reconstructive foot and ankle surgery; adult and pediatric spine surgery; cartilage injuries, hand surgery, orthopedic trauma care, orthopedic oncology, total and partial joint replacement and computer-assisted surgery for hip and knee replacement.

Charles Giangarra, MD

A well-known sports-medicine specialist, came to Marshall University with a passion for his specialty and great expectations for the department.

Zach Tankersley, DPM

A surgical podiatrist brings a specific talent for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery for adult and pediatric patients and non-operative treatment for clubfoot care for infants.

"Ali" Oliashirazi, MD

Has gained national and international attention for his surgical techniques related to hip and knee replacements that keep him actively speaking and presenting his work to physicians worldwide.

William Wallace, MD

One of the country's first orthopedic hospitalists, provides perioperative medical management for joint replacement patients. He sees patients before their operation, makes sure they are as healthy as they can be before surgery, manages their care throughout their hospitalization and then returns them to the care of their medical doctor.

James Day, MD

Is a fellowship trained orthopedic traumatologist. His expertise ranges from care of patients with injuries from cartilage damage to devastating pelvic and acetubular fractures.

Gregory Hendricks, MD

A primary care sports medicine specialist who completed a fellowship at Marshall University, said he is proud to have his name associated with the physicians in the department. He treats the athletic patient population non-operatively and turns them over to the surgeons if a surgery is necessary.

Douglas Tice, MD

Is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic trauma cases. He earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Tice also completed a general surgery internship at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and an orthopedic surgery residency at WVU.

Alan R. Koester, MD

A fellowship-trained orthopedic hand surgeon, offers specialized care for hands and upper extremities. He is fellowship-trained in hand and microsurgery and board certified in both orthopedics and hand surgery. He specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery and microvascular procedures including tendon, artery and nerve repair.

Felix H. Cheung, MD

Is fellowship-trained in musculoskeletal oncology and is the region's only orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic oncology. He performs specialized orthopedic treatments for bone and soft-tissue cancers and the latest techniques in limb-sparing reconstruction. Dr. Cheung completed his musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and his orthopedic residency at West Virginia University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Steven R. Novotny, MD

Is an experienced surgeon who specializes in treating patients with hand and upper extremity injuries or ailments. Dr. Novotny earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his fellowship in hand and upper extremity at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

John Jasko, MD

John Jasko, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and part of the sports medicine group that is the exclusive orthopedic sports medicine provider to the Marshall University Thundering Herd athletic teams. He completed his residency at Vanderbilt University and his fellowships at Florida Orthopedic Institute and the University of New Mexico.

Frank Shuler, MD, PhD

Frank Shuler, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic traumatologist who has years of experience treating severe orthopedic fracture cases, often performing limb-saving procedures.  He works with Dr. James Day and Dr. Douglas Tice on the orthopedic trauma team,  and he also serves as Director of Orthopaedic Research at Marshall University.

As the department continues to expand, patients will be offered additional specialties, according to Dr. Oliashirazi.

"What we want to do is to have a center where we aren't just at the top of our game here. We want to be the top team everywhere," Dr. Oliashirazi said. "We have put Marshall University on the national orthopedic surgery map."

More Information: Marshall University Orthopaedics

  • Last updated: 08/23/2012
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