Dr. Ralph Morales, DO

Dr. Ralph Morales, DO

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 59
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Ralph Morales, DO is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Brunswick, GA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Read his story

3231 Glynn Ave

Brunswick, GA 31520

Contact Information

(912) 265-9006

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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Joint Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 96% of peers
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Morales' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Morales "Dr. Morales is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon and the founding partner of Southern Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He founded the practice focusing on the delivery of expert care utilizing the most advanced treatment options available. He is a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Morales received his medical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Following medical school, he completed his internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an active duty Captain in the US Army. After Walter Reed, he served as a general medical officer at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky. His orthopaedic surgery residency was completed at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Following residency training, he completed his eight years of active duty as a Major in the US Army Medical Corps at Moncrief Army Community Hospital in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. While serving at Fort Jackson he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his service as an orthopaedic surgeon. After completing his tour of duty with the US Army he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia where he was trained in advanced shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery. He has authored several research studies and presented research findings at several national meetings. Dr. Morales currently sees patients of all ages that have sports-related injuries with an emphasis on treatment of all shoulder and knee conditions. He performs the most advanced arthroscopic techniques available for the shoulder and knee along with total joint replacement surgery for the shoulder and knee joints."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Morales "I try to identify the main cause of a patient's musculoskeletal pain as accurately as possible in order to offer all appropriate treatment options. It is very important to match the best treatment with the patient's individual circumstances so that the most optimal outcome can be achieved.  One treatment does not fit all patients with a given diagnosis.  Surgical treatment will often be the last treatment option in many cases."


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Lafayette College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey / New Jersey School Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Walter Reed Army Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Eisenhower Army Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Hughston Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Rutgers University / New Brunswick Campus
    Other Education | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Morales has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Morales' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Morales to family and friends
based on 20 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Morales' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
St Simons Island, GA |
I've been going to the other orthopedic group for over 3 years and was told by many friends to switch. I am so glad I did. Yes, the wait was a little long, but only because they do a better job than other ortho groups. Dr. Morales and his staff were extremely knowledgeable and caring. I had a far better knee exam than I have ever had before and everything was explained to me. The other group's knee doctor barely examined me and wrote off my pain. Dr. Morales was so much more thorough.
in Brunswick, GA |
Dr. Morales performed Rotator Cuff surgery on me in 2014. His expertise is beyond reproach in this field. In his first consultation, he explored options to pursue and try prior to having to go through surgery. Every aspect of his role in my well being was very professional and thought through with my being able to get back as much range as possible in my left shoulder and arm. I have full range with hardly any pain. He is a compassionate doctor and only wants the best for his patients.
in Brunswick, GA |
Dr. Morales has treated me for injuries involving both shoulders on separate occasions. The treatment involved surgeries to repair the torn rotator cuff in each shoulder. In my left shoulder, the damage was a little more extensive and also involved the successful repair of a torn tendon. Today, I am pain free and enjoy full range and motion in both of my shoulders. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Morales to anyone with orthopedic issues. He is a credit to his profession.
in Brunswick, GA |
Dr Morales did wonderful job with my torn meniscus and arthritic knee. Thank you Dr Morales I have been pain free for two years, physical therapist were awesome also. Very satisfied only wish I had done it sooner.
in Jesup, GA |
This was the 1st time I had seen Dr. Morales, only because I could get into his office faster than I could my regular ortho doctor. I really like how he explained what was going on and what to expect. I was given a cortisone shot and anti-inflammatory meds. Advised to come back in 2 weeks for follow up. He was very pleasant and seem to care that I my knee was hurting and told me he could make it feel better but any issues before my apt, to call the office.
in St Simons Island, GA |
Have been to him several times. Wait time terrible. His solution for shoulder pain was always steroid shot. Doesn't listen at all! Terrible bedside manner. Rude, rushed and curt. Waiting room like a cattle stall. So many clients packed in complaining. Best thing he did was refer me to physical therapy. The therapist there knew twice as much as Morales did and actually listened and advised things that would help me.
in Odum, GA |
Not sure where to begin. Horrible experience and still limping 4 months after meniscus surgery. That place is all about money production. If you want to wait hours, deal with rude staff and limp then Morales is your man! Felt like I had a number stamped on my forehead! I saw him about 10 minutes total. What a jerk! His last words to me were hang in there over his shoulder as he trotted out of the room. Yeah, you got my money and I got a bum knee! Guess I will hang in there! Not much choice!
in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL |
I HAVE WORKED with Dr. Morales on almost 100 Shoulder cases and he is THE most Meticulous and diligent surgeon I have ever seen. He is Painstakingly SLOW BUT I would take that trade off every time versus a Surgeon who is trying to get done and move on to the next surgery. Pick your poison. I'll take his attention to detail any day over saving time!
in St Simons |
He is a very rude doctor. Acts as if he is better than the patients. Much rather wait and use other group than endure him again
in Saint Simons Island, GA |
Dr. Morales performed arthroscopic surgery for a medial meniscus tear in my knee. Five days post-op and I'm doing well. That being said, his punctuality is horrible. Apparently his time is much more important than other's. My 3 office visits have accumulated 4 hrs, 50 minutes of wait time and surgery was delayed for 2 hrs. Bedside manner-minimal at best, short & curt, avoiding and minimal time for answering questions. Other patients AND STAFF also indicated severe lack of timeliness.
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Dr. Morales accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerihealth
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
    Blue Open Access POS
  • Bluegrass Family Health
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medica
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Southeast Georgia Health System - Brunswick
2415 Parkwood Dr
Brunswick, GA 31520
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