September 17, 2018 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to
welcome orthopaedic surgeon
Jake J. Porter III, M.D., MPH, to
Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, and to the Brunswick Campus medical staff. Porter earned his medical
degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennesse, and completed
his residency at Atlanta Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to joining the Health System, Porter was inducted into the Tennessee
Gamma Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, a rare honor
for a third year medical student. He presented his Master of Public Health
(MPH) thesis at the New England Science Symposium, Harvard Medical School,
and the National Medical Association Annual Convention & Scientific
Assembly in Las Vegas, Nevada. His current research focuses on facets
of his specialty: foot and ankle surgery.
“I’ve always had an affinity for anatomy and I am fascinated
by how the human body works like a machine. This sparked an interest in
medicine, a natural career choice for someone captivated by learning about
the human body,” Porter says, describing his passion for medicine.
“My love of sports, and playing youth baseball and basketball growing
up, made choosing my specialty in orthopaedics, with its close ties to
sports medicine, a natural progression.”
When Porter isn’t practicing or researching medicine, he enjoys watching
Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves’ games and spending time with
his wife and two young children. Although Porter considered many health
systems throughout the country, he decided to return to his home state
after completing a foot and ankle surgery fellowship at the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania because of the welcoming
atmosphere and advanced technology provided at the Health System.
“From the outside looking in, Southeast Georgia Health System looks
like they have the patient’s best interests at heart. Patients have
the opportunity to receive the advanced technology and care of big city
medicine without having to travel there,” says Porter. “My
approach to medicine is very patient centered. The measure of my success
isn’t hitting a number of patients or surgeries—sometimes
avoiding surgery is the best treatment. Success to me is a patient meeting
their goals. When the patient is satisfied, I’m satisfied.”
Porter provides expert orthopaedic care, including foot and ankle surgery.
He has joined Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, a strategic
affiliate of the Health System, and will begin seeing patients in August.
For more information, visit
sghs.org/summit or call 912-466-7340 to schedule an appointment.