Doctors and Health Professionals

By combining innovative specialty care with renowned research and a dedication to advancing the field of orthpaedics through residency training, the Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville change patients’ lives every day.

J. Michael Wattenbarger, M.D.


J. Michael Wattenbarger, M.D.
Chief of Staff

Continuously recognized on the “Top Doctor” lists in Charlotte Business Magazine from 2008 – 2013, J. Michael Wattenbarger, M.D., has joined the pediatric orthopaedic medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. Dr. Wattenbarger says, “I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system. It is a wonderful mission-driven organization which is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to kids through clinical care, education and research. This focus is seen in everyone connected with the hospital. I am very excited to be part of the Greenville Shriners Hospital and to have the opportunity to work with all of the wonderful individuals who are so dedicated to caring for children.”

A Board certified Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Wattenbarger was most recently a part of OrthoCarolina where he focused on caring for children with acute injuries as well as children who needed more complex pediatric orthopaedic care.

He has special interest in pediatric scoliosis and spinal reconstructive surgery in children. He also practices general pediatric orthopaedics including cerebral palsy, clubfoot, myelomeningocele, skeletal dysplasia, and other congenital deformities.

Dr. Wattenbarger received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas before attending the University of Texas Southwestern. He completed his general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center followed by his Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Keith Gettys, M.D.

Dr. Keith Gettys

Gettys“I love being a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon because you get to impact and change kids’ lives,” says Keith Gettys, M.D., the sixth full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeon to join Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s medical staff.

Dr. Gettys received his undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Virginia Tech University. He attended the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine before completing a residency and research fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following this, he completed a Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

The recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, Dr. Gettys received the 2015 T. Boone Pickens Award for Orthopaedics for a research project on club foot. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Gettys include hips, spines and feet.

Dr. Gettys enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and staying active.

T. Whitney Gibson, D.O.


Dr. T. Whitney Gibson

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon T. Whitney Gibson, D.O., says it is a privilege and an honor to work for the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville.

Known for his expertise in sports medicine and arthroscopic procedures, Dr. Gibson made medical history in 2010 when he performed an arthroscopic hip procedure on a 4 month old child. Although arthroscopic procedures have been used for years, only seven procedures on infant’s hips have been performed world-wide. Before the surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, the youngest recorded patient in the world to undergo such a procedure was 11 months old.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Gibson received an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After serving in the United States Army for five years as an air defense officer, Dr. Gibson went to medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Following, he completed a Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and spinal deformities at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville. It was at this hospital that Dr. Gibson discovered his passion, helping children defy the odds.

Dr. Gibson first became a consulting member of the medical staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville while he was the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Upon his retirement from the military in 2008, Dr. Gibson joined Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville as a full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

The recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association and Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Gibson include pediatric sports medicine, club feet, limb length discrepancies and lower limb deformities.

Dr. Gibson and his wife Mary have two children, a son, Clark, and a daughter, Elizabeth. He is a proud father who enjoys spending time with his family and participating in all outdoor sports and activities.

Richard Gross, M.D.


Dr. Richard Gross

The longest continuously practicing and operating pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in the state of South Carolina has joined the medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville!

Recently retired following forty-nine years as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Richard Gross, M.D., says, “I love working with children. The Greenville Shriners Hospital has such a friendly atmosphere and does amazing work.”

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Gross earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He then completed his general surgery residency at Ireland Army Hospital, followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Hospital, and a pediatric orthopaedic residency at Carrie Tingley Hospital.

The recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, Dr. Gross is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Orthopaedic Overseas, and the America Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Gross is married and has two children, two step-children, and four grandchildren. He will be working at the Greenville Shriners Hospital for one week each month.

Michael Mendelow, M.D.


Dr. Michael Mendelow

Continuously recognized on the “Best Doctors in America” lists from 2001 – 2012, Michael Mendelow, M.D., joined the pediatric orthopaedic medical staff at Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenGreenville in January 2012.

Dr. Mendelow says, “I’ve wanted to work in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system for years. The entire system of twenty-two hospitals, and each of the individual hospitals, is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to kids. This focus is maintained by everyone involved, medically, administratively or otherwise. Ensuring the best care available is the sole mission, and requires an emphasis on clinical care, education and research.”

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Mendelow received his undergraduate degree in technology and humanity from Duke University. Following graduation, he attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan and a Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Mendelow is a member of professional societies including the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In his service to the SRS, he is currently Chair-elect of the Growing Spine Committee, a group of surgeons from throughout the world who come together to address the particular challenge of spine deformity in younger children.

Dr. Mendelow has a special interest in pediatric spine deformity and cerebral palsy, and also practices general pediatric orthopaedics including foot deformity. He participates in developing world orthopaedics, including as a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS). FOCOS is a non-profit organization providing complex spine deformity and orthopaedic care and education to the developing world. With the organization and multi-national surgical teams, Dr. Mendelow has provided care for severe spine disorders in Ghana, Barbados, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Dr. Mendelow and his wife have two children who are both enrolled at the University of Michigan. In his free time he enjoys cycling, yoga, and playing with his dogs.

Peter Stasikelis, M.D.


Dr. Peter Stasikelis

“I love working with kids. They want to get better and so they do,” says Peter Stasikelis, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville.

Known for his expertise in spine care, Dr. Stasikelis has been the backbone of the spine program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville for more than 14 years.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Stasikelis received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He pursued his graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the same school before attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Stasikelis completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Following, he completed a Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and spine deformity at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville.

Dr. Stasikelis is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the G.W.N. Eggers Orthopaedic Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Stasikelis include the spine, limb deformities and neuromuscular diseases.
Dr. Stasikelis is married and has three children. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing tennis, road biking, mountain biking and playing classical guitar.

David Westberry, M.D.


Dr. David Westberry

David Westberry, M.D.’s, favorite part of being a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is “getting to see the change that can be made in a child’s life. Many times it is a significant change that the child will benefit from for the rest of their life.” Known for his expertise in the non-operative treatment of club foot, Dr. Westberry is one of only two physicians in the state of South Carolina who is qualified to perform Ponseti Method casting.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Westberry received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, he went to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia on a four year faculty sponsored scholarship. He then completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery with the Greenville Hospital System. Following this, he completed a Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and spinal deformity at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville.

Dr. Westberry has a high interest in caring for children with limb deficiencies and is the medical director of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville’s Limb Deficiency Clinic. Other areas of special interest include cerebral palsy, club feet and upper extremity deformities.

He is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including the 2010 Mark Silverman Global Heart Award, presented by Childspring International. Dr. Westberry is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Westberry, his wife Laura, and their three children: Andrew, Alison and Aaron, are faithful members of Taylors First Baptist Church. He says some of his most rewarding experiences have come from his participation in three medical mission trips to help children in underprivileged countries. Dr. Westberry’s favorite pastime is spending time with his family camping, fishing and golfing.

 

Physiatrist
Tamara Fatianov, M.D.

Tone Management Coordinator/Pain Management Coordinator
Family Nurse Practitioner
Denise Strasser, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Spina Bifida Coordinator
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Karen Shaw, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Physician Assistants
Marcus Cox, PA-C
Lisa Haselden, PA-C
Erin Howell, PA-C
Brittany Jones, PA-C
Andrew Otto, PA-C
Dave Reich, PA-C

Consulting Physicians

Anesthesiology
Greenville Anesthesiology, PA

Genetics
David Everman, M.D. Greenwood Genetics Center
Barbara Gordon, M.D. Greenwood Genetics Center
Swetha Krishnamurthi, M.D. Greenwood Genetics Center
Curtis Rogers, M.D. Greenwood Genetics Center
Elliot Stolarman, M.D. Greenwood Genetics Center

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Joshua Brownlee, M.D. Greenville Health System
Sue Jue, M.D. Greenville Health System
Robin LaCroix, M.D. Greenville Health System

Pediatric Neurology
Emily Foster, M.D. Greenville Health System

Pediatric Neurosurgery
Christopher Troup, M.D. Greenville Health System

Orthopaedics
Christopher Bray, M.D. Greenville Health System

Rheumatology
Josette Johnson, M.D. Piedmont Arthritis Clinic
Jeffrey Lawson, M.D. Piedmont Arthritis Clinic
Sarah Payne-Poff, M.D. Greenville Health System

Upper Extremities
Timothy Dew, M.D. The Hand Center, P.A., GHS
Dan Zlotolow, M.D. Shriners Hospitals for Children

Urology
Regina Monroe, M.D. Greenville Health System
Lynn Teague, M.D. Greenville Health System