Dr. Gustavus Rush III, MD

Dr. Gustavus Rush III, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. Gustavus Rush III, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Meridian, MS and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from University Of Ms School Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.Read his story

1800 12th St

Meridian, MS 39301

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  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
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Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
very high
more than 99% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Rush III's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rush III "A graduate of The University Medical Center, Jackson, MS, Gus A. "Sonny" Rush served as Chief Orthopedic Resident at the Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans, specializing in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Rush also spent six months at the New Orleans Children's Hospital, a Pediatric Orthopedic center. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined Rush Foundation Hospital as a third generation of Rush physicians. He founded the Rush Orthopedic Program and today serves as Medical Director of Rush Sportsmedicine. Rush is Board Certified, Board Re-Certified, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Southern Orthopedic Association, Mississippi Orthopedic Society, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Rush has published papers in the Southern Medical Journal, Contemporary Orthopedics, and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He specializes in surgery of the shoulder and knee and developed a surgical technique to improve graft fixation in ACL reconstruction of the knee. In 1987, Dr. Rush founded the Rush Sports Medicine Team, a group of Orthopedic Surgeons, Physical Therapists, and Athletic Trainers that support over thirty high schools and colleges in Mississippi. Presentations ABC Sports, Science and Technology Update - televised during the 1993 Florida vs Florida State football game; sponsored by AT&T American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), Atlanta, 1993 - "Helmet Airbag Development" ASTM, Phoenix, 1993 - Symposium on Head and Neck Injuries in Football Mississippi Orthopedic Society Meeting, Natchez, MS (1993); presentation on Rush® Helmet NFL Combine (1993) - "Rush Airbag Helmet Concept" ASTM, Chicago, 1994 - Subcommittee on Neck Protective Devices in Football NFL Combine (1994) - presentation for Strength and Training Coaches, "Advances in Head and Neck Protection" Tulane University (1994) - guest speaker on "Head and Neck Injuries in Sports" Southern Orthopedic Association Meeting, Memphis (1994) National Equipment Managers Association (1995) - guest speaker on "Head and Neck Injuries in Sports Medicine" NFL Combine-Indianapolis, IN (1996) - "The Smart Helmet" - a helmet that senses, warns, and protects SEC Athletic Trainers Association (1997) Houston Oilers - presentation of Airbag and Sakalert (1997) Guest speaker on "The Dan Reeves Show" (1997) - Atlanta Falcons "Head Injury and Quarterback Concussions" Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame - permanent display of "Future Technology" (1998) Established research and development lab in Tempe, Arizona (1999); Initial Drop TestingPresentation to NASA, Langley Air Force Base in NorthFork, Virginia - "Military Use of New Helmet Technology" (2000) Contract with Helcium Helmet Company for prototype development - Ogden, Utah (2001) First Rush Helmet prototype incorporates new design with flush face mask. Helcium (2002) Field testing of new design for weight, balance, and visibility; non-contact. Meridian, Mississippi (2003) Prototype testing, ZECO, Inc. Tempe, AZ; Helcium Helmet Company; Ogden, UT (2004) Field testing of final design - Lamar High School (2007) NFL Combine-Indianapolis, IN (2008) -- Presentation for Strength and Training Coaches Awards Banquet," Head and Neck Injury Prevention" Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania (2011) - guest speaker on "Prevention of Brain Injury in Football" Mississippi State University Department of Engineering (2012) - "Helmet Concussion Research" Mississippi State University Entrepreneurial Series (2012) - "Head and Neck Injury Research" Patent granted on full-face helmet design (2014) Educational Robotic Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) (2015) - Blue Belt Technologies,Minneapolis, MN U.S. Patent #8,656,520 on Rush Football Helmet Technology (2015) "Comparison of shell-facemask response in American football helments during NOCSAE drop tests" - Sports Engineering (April, 2017)"
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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

106  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
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46  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
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Background Check

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  • University Of Ms School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Rush III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rush III to family and friends
18 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

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Dr. Rush III's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Dr. Rush is treating me for degenerative joint disease in my knees and I will be scheduled for a total knee replacement in the near future. Dr. Rush has a lot of experience in total knee replacements and I look forward to having my "new" knee.
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Very personable doctor and staff. Dr. Rush really helped me get back to my normal exercise program.
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Friendly caring staff. Reasonable wait times. Excellent outcome. Felt cared for at every level from doctor office thru the surgery and recovery.
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