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Orthopedic Surgery Department – Midlands

The Orthopedic Surgery Department at Prisma Health is a unique blend of academic and clinical medicine. With experts in each subspecialty in orthopedic surgery, we are extremely proud of the exceptional care we provide every day.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

As a leader in orthopedic surgery, musculoskeletal services and direct patient care in South Carolina, Prisma Health Orthopedics plays a major role in academics, research, advocacy and community engagement. We are also fortunate to have several physicians involved in leadership positions in local, regional and national organizations that advance patient care, education and research.

Chair’s welcome

I am honored, as the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Chair of Prisma Health Orthopedics – Midlands, to introduce you to our Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. I am incredibly proud of our residency program. We are a program that graduates residents that can leave here and succeed in any manner of orthopedic practice or excel in any subspecialty fellowship. Our strength comes from our varied clinical rotations with very early entry into the operating room with 1:1 interaction with our surgeons. Yet, more important than that, is the strength of our culture. We have great residents who care for each other, respect each other and respect the importance of their educational mission as soon they will be going out on their own to take care of our most vulnerable patients.

Our program is also made strong through the leadership of Dr. Gregory Grabowski, our Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs and our Residency Director. Dr. Grabowski has fostered a culture of care, compassion and pursuit of excellence in clinical care that has served this program very well. Dr. Grabowski expounds often on the five core values of our residency program that we embrace and honor. These include:

  • Producing well-rounded physicians
  • Providing a robust surgical experience
  • Facilitating life-long learning
  • Promoting professionalism
  • Providing a breadth of clinical settings and educational opportunities to prepare graduates regardless of their career paths

We have over the last several years increased our yearly cohort of residents from two to now four. We have been educating residents in Orthopedic Surgery in the Columbia region for over seventy-five years. Given our department culture, the quality of our residents, the diversity and dedication of our teaching physicians and the needed expansion of our program, I believe we are as good as we have ever been at turning out great physicians and great surgeons as at any time in these last seventy-five years. Thank you for exploring our residency program and the great residents and teachers that make it excel.

Christopher G. Mazoue, MD

Christopher G. Mazoue, MD

Department Chair

Department Leadership Team

Gregory Grabowski, MD

Gregory Grabowski, MD

Program Director
J. Benjamin Jackson III, MD, MBA

J. Benjamin Jackson III, MD, MBA

Director of Orthopedic Research


Message from Research Leadership

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Scholarly articles

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History of the program

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Residency and fellowship programs

Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia annually offer residency programs in orthopedic surgery and athletic training. The Orthopedic Surgery Department offers four fully accredited five‑year Orthopedic Surgery Residency program positions in Columbia. One of the oldest nationally accredited Athletic Training Residency programs, we accept two residents a year. Both programs boast technically superior medical expertise along with a commitment to compassion and attention to detail.

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Columbia 

Athletic Training Residency

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Clinical Programs

With exceptional capabilities in comprehensive orthopedic care for nearly a century, Prisma Health Orthopedics has built a foundation for patient-centered care, innovation, education and research that offers the best possible services for patients.

We also are proud to serve as the official team doctors for the Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers.

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