I try to always involve Patients in the decision making process early on. From the beginning of diagnostics through treatment, the patient will be provided choices and the risk:reward of each. This helps communication and well-being of the relationship between Surgeon and Patient.
I try to explain in layman's terms as well as providing high-tech media to educate about conditions and surgeries.
I feel the Patients will more often than not provide the actual diagnosis by telling me what their symptoms and concerns are…. The most valuable service I can provide to Patients is to LISTEN.
The patients information and records are available 24 hours a day through our Patient Portal via our website.
We all strive, at Summit Orthopedics, to treat Patients and Families as we would wish to be treated. We appreciate our Patients, and treat them not as a burden, but as a Blessing!
A native of Princeton, WV, Dr. Surface completed his pre-medical studies at Concord University in Athens. After graduation from the University of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, he next completed internship at WVU/ Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Surface then completed Orthopedic Surgery residency at Oklahoma State University in 1997. Dr. Surface also completed a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery subspecialty residency at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.While in residency Dr. Surface received special recognition for development of Oklahoma State's Orthopedic Surgery Residency Sports Medicine program, served as Chief Resident, and authored scientific papers. During this time, Dr. Surface arranged for, and provided specialized Orthopedic Surgical treatment to pediatric victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster,and served as team physician-consultant for several professional, collegiate, and high school teams and organizations.Dr. Surface is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with professional interests in adult reconstructive (total joint replacement) surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, trauma, and pediatric orthopedic conditions.While maintaining a busy practice of patient care and surgery, Dr. Surface serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Clinical Instructor at Alderson-Broadous' Physician Assistant Program.
Dr. Surface is President of Summit Orthopedics. He is the Medical Director of both Joint Connections, an innovative and award winning joint replacement unit, and Orthopedic Surgical Services at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Dr. Surface has also served as the President of the Medical Staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He has been involved in the design of surgical equipment and implants for 12 years, and has special skills in the design, implementation, and maintenance of service line care systems. Dr. Surface is currently serving as the President of the Sports Medicine Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.