• Good Shepherd Welcomes Experienced Orthopedic Surgeon

    James_Whittum_MDHERMISTON, OR – Good Shepherd Health Care System is excited to welcome Orthopedic Surgeon James Whittum, MD. Dr. Whittum joins Jeremy Anderson, DO in Good Shepherd Medical Group’s (GSMG) Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute.

    With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Whittum brings significant skills to our area. The scope of his care includes the diagnosis and treatment of most muscoloskeletal disorders, including broken bones, injuries of joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles, as well as chronic ailments such as knee, hip and shoulder pain. While he considers his practice approach conservative, Dr. Whittum stated, “In recent years, I’ve averaged around 100 joint replacements per year and about 1,200 joint replacements overall.”

    He chose Good Shepherd Health Care System after visiting Oregon just twice. “I’ve travelled to 47 states but never made it to Oregon until my visits to Good Shepherd,” Dr. Whittum shared. “I was somewhat surprised of the vastness of the open space and the ability to see for miles. I am very pleased with the kindness of everyone I’ve met and am looking forward to being a part of this wonderful community.”

    The addition of one more Orthopedic Surgeons in Hermiston will have a huge impact, considering the growth in west Umatilla and Morrow Counties. “I definitely wanted to practice in a growing area,” he shared, “Orthopedics has a critical role in the health of a community, and I want to help people continue to be able to do what they enjoy.”

    When asked about teaming up with Dr. Jeremy Anderson at Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Whittum shared, “It’s a well-rounded organization, and a great fit. Dr. Anderson will be an excellent colleague.” Dr. Anderson echoed that description, “Dr. Whittum is an established physician coming into an established clinic, which is really fantastic for the community.”

    Dr. Whittum earned his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He received certifications from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

    Along with his wife Rita, Dr. Whittum said he has settled into the community and has already tested out the local bike trails and hiking trails in the Blue Mountains. “My wife and I are very active and enjoy being outdoors biking, hiking and skiing.”

    As part of the GSMG Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute at Good Shepherd Health Care System, Dr. Whittum is welcoming new patients of any age. His office is located at the Good Shepherd Medical Plaza, Suite M-201, at 620 NW 11th Street in Hermiston, OR, 97838. His office can be reached at 541.289.7075, or find him on the web at http://www.gshealth.org/good-shepherd-medical-group/orthopedics/.

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