Health System Names Medical Directors for Joint Replacement Center, Sports Medicine Program

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 5, 2010– Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that orthopaedic surgeon Kevin Brooks, M.D., has been appointed medical director of the Health System’s Joint Replacement Center and orthopaedic surgeon Beau Sasser, M.D., has been appointed medical director of the Sports Medicine Program.

Brooks, a Georgia native, graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he was a Ty Cobb Scholar, Troutman Weir Scholar Athlete of the Year, and an officer of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and earned the Outstanding Surgery Research Award and election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Brooks completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at MCG in 2003. He served as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at MCG for two years before joining the staff of Southern Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Brunswick, where he remains in practice. Brooks has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and is board-certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

“We are very fortunate to have such a motivated and dedicated new medical director for our Joint Replacement Center,” says Pamela Gass, R.N., ATC, director, Orthopaedics & Spine Center. “Over the last year, Dr. Brooks was instrumental in the development of our new Joint Replacement Center at the Brunswick Campus which is getting rave reviews from the community and consistently high scores in patient satisfaction.”

Sasser is a native of Glynn County and a graduate of Glynn Academy. He graduated cum laude with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and obtained his medical doctorate degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). He remained at MCG for both his internship and orthopaedic residency. Following his residency, Sasser received exclusive sports medicine training while in a fellowship program with the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. During his time there, Sasser worked with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, treating a variety of sports and orthopaedic injuries incurred by these elite athletes.

Sasser returned to Glynn County in 2005 and joined Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, where he specializes in sports medicine. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Sasser is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He received a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine.

As a component of the free sports medicine services, the Health System provides to area schools, Sasser served as physician champion and led the team in the implementation of the ImPACT™ concussion management program. He also coordinates annual athletic physicals for students at the College of Coastal Georgia and the surrounding public high schools. “Our athletic trainers, who provide care and education to area student athletes, work under the direction of Dr. Sasser to help prevent and treat injuries, as well as ensure our young athletes are safe to return to play after an injury has occurred,” says Vice President DelRia Baisden. “We are fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Sasser’s caliber and background serving our community and leading our Sports Medicine Program.”

The Health System’s Sports Medicine Program provides professional certified athletic trainers to five area schools——Brantley County High School, Brunswick High School, Glynn Academy, McIntosh County Academy and the College of Coastal Georgia.