News and Media

Wilford K. Gibson, M.D. elected Secretary, Board of Councilors at Annual Meeting of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego

Wilford K. Gibson, M.D., an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been elected to serve as Secretary, Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Gibson will in addition be a member of the AAOS Board of Directors for a term of three years. He has also received a committee appointment to AAOS News.

Dr. Gibson previously has served as president of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS) and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine. He is the current President of the Seaboard Medical Association.

The Board of Councilors serves as an advisory group to the AAOS’s Board of Directors and its many committees. In working with state orthopaedic societies, the Board of Councilors represents grassroots efforts of the profession and conducts a wide range of educational programs for orthopaedists and their patients.

AOS Surgeons Performing Minimal Incision, Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement Procedure

Doctors at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists are now performing hip replacement surgery utilizing the minimal incision, anterior approach. This muscle sparing method allows for muscles associated with hip movement to be retracted instead of being cut, as in standard THR procedures. With reduced trauma to tissues there may be less bleeding, less days in the hospital and potential for a more rapid recovery.

For further information please contact Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists at (757) 321-3300.


DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced a recall of their ASR Hip Replacement System. A small number of patients with this hip implant have experienced problems that require evaluation and potentially further treatment. If you received the DePuy implant please call 757-321-3300 and asked to speak with your physician’s secretary. You my click the links below to view a DePuy notice regarding the recall as well as a medical release for DePuy to monitor your treatment and keep you up to date on the recall.

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists opens new Chesapeake office on June 1, 2010

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists is pleased to open its new location at 733 Volvo Parkway, Suite 100 in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. The new, modern office opens on June 1, 2010 and will feature digital X-ray, electronic medical records and AOS Physical Therapy services such as hand & spine therapy and work conditioning.

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, southeastern Virginia/northeastern North Carolinaís largest orthopaedic care provider, has 6 Orthopaedic and 4 Physical Therapy clinics conveniently located throughout the South Hampton Roads area.

Physician Assistant from Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists Joins Medical Relief Team Enroute to Haiti

Paul Versage, a physician assistant at Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has joined with nineteen other medical professionals who recently teamed up for a relief mission bound to earthquake torn Haiti. The effort organized by Norfolk based ìOperation Smileî brought together surgeons, nurses and medical techs from all around the country. Prior to embarking on their flight, the volunteer group assisted in packing over 6000 pounds of donated medical supplies. The team plans to provide urgently needed medical care for approximately two weeks, until it is relieved by another group.

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists Expands, Six Local Surgeons Join Group

On January 1, 2010, Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists welcomed Drs. Sheldon L. Cohn, Erin A. Jerlin, Eric S. Neff, Robert S. Neff, Lawrence M. Shall and Paul D. Warren to the group. The expansion brings together the surgeons of Orthopaedic Associates of Virginia, LTD and Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, as well as the combined expertise and reputation of both Hampton Roads practices.

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists has seven convenient orthopaedic locations, five physical therapy clinics and a centrally located administrative/business office. The group, now comprised of twenty two physicians and a medical director celebrated its “90th Anniversary” in 2009.

J. Abbott Byrd, III, M.D. appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society

J. Abbott Byrd, III, M.D., a spinal surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society for 2010. Since completing his Spine Surgery fellowship at the prestigious Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in Minneapolis, Dr. Byrd has dedicated over 21 years of practice experience to the treatment of patients with scoliosis and other spinal conditions.

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) was founded in 1966 as a professional organization dedicated to providing continuing medical education for spine specialists and increasing support for the research of spinal deformities. Today this premier spine society includes over 1000 of the worldís leading spinal surgeons and specialists in the field of spinal deformity research and treatment.

Mark A. Bewley, M.D. to take part in “Targeting Shoulder and Elbow Pain” seminar on Tuesday November 10, 2009

Dr. Mark A. Bewley, Joint Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, will be featured on Tuesday November 10, 2009 in Bon Secoursí ìTargeting Shoulder and Elbow Painî seminar. His presentation entitled “Rotator Cuff Tears & Current Techniques in Arthroscopic Repair” will conclude with a question and answer session. This orthopaedic seminiar will run from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Since seating is limited, please make your reservations now by calling (757) 889-5524.

Drs. J. Abbott Byrd, III and Chad R. Manke to take part in “Bones, Moans & Groans: Women and their Joints” panel discussion on Wednesday September 30, 2009

Drs. J. Abbott Byrd, III (Spine Surgeon) and Chad R. Manke (Hand/Upper Extremity Surgeon) with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, will be featured this coming Wednesday September 30, 2009 in Bon Secoursí ìBones, Moans and Groansî orthopaedic seminar series. This ìSpirit of Womenî program will answer participant questions on joints, bones, aches & pains in a panel of experts format. Orthopaedic injuries from the spine to the foot will be addressed and attendees will learn the latest in injury prevention, treatment options and the latest trends in womenís orthopaedic care. The program will take place at the Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy located at 300 Newport Ave., Suite 300 in Norfolk from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating at this seminar is limited. Please make your registration today by calling (757) 889-CARE.