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Joel A. Tucker, MD

Merit Health Biloxi

150 Reynoir St, Biloxi, MS 39530

(228) 432-1571


Dr. Joel Tucker 

1720-A Medical Park Dr Suite 220, Biloxi, MS 39532

(228) 230-2663

15476 Dedeaux Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503

(228) 679-3001

Dr. Tucker joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC in 2011 and specializes in general orthopaedics and adult reconstruction surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


Dr. Tucker is married with four children. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.


Daniel A. Wittersheim, MD

Singing River Hospital

2809 Denny Ave, Pascagoula, MS 39581

(228) 809-5000


Dr. Daniel Wittersheim

6300 E Lake Rd Suite 201, Vancleave, MS 39565

(228) 230-2663

3615 Hospital St.

Pascagoula MS 39581

A native of South Mississippi and graduate of St. Martin High School, Dr. Daniel A. Wittersheim joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in August of 2013. Before joining Bienville Orthopaedics, he served as resident of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Alabama, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Mobile, AL .


Dr. Wittersheim had special training in Phoenix, AZ under Dr. Anthony Hedley who pioneered the superior approach to hip replacements. Dr. Wittersheim is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, the University of Alabama School of Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arizona. Dr. Wittersheim is married and enjoys exercising, music, hunting, fishing, and golf.


James N. Sikes M.D.

Orthopaedic Institute

27 Southern Pointe Pkwy, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

(601) 288-9000


Dr. James Sikes 

3688 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

(228) 554-7400

James N. Sikes, M.D., a board certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Southern Bone and Joint Specialists in 2002. He was previously in private practice in Brookhaven. A Mobile native, Dr. Sikes began to love Mississippi when he was a University of Mississippi baseball scholarship athlete.

James Sikes was born the youngest of 4 children in Saraland, Alabama. His mother worked as a medical technologist and his father, who was a World War II veteran, was a dentist . After attending high school in Mobile, AL, he attended the University of Mississippi on an athletic scholarship. Following his undergraduate education he attended medical school at the University of Alabama Birmingham.


Michael Stonnington, M.D.

Dr. Michael Stonnington

3688 Veterans Memorial Dr #200, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

(228) 554-7400

Michael Stonnington, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in robotic and arthritic joint replacement, arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, pelvic surgery and revision joint replacement procedures. He received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. Stonnington then received his medical degree from Duke University and his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, he had intensive training in general orthopaedics, trauma surgery, complex arthritis surgery and sports medicine.

He is the founding co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital – a major trauma referral hospital for the state of Mississippi. This trauma service facilitates immediate and advanced orthopaedic surgical care for severe and life threatening traumatic injuries.


Neal Gregg, D.O.

Dr. Neal Gregg 

3688 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

(228) 554-7400

Dr. Neal Gregg, a Hattiesburg native, is a board-certified general orthopaedic surgeon. He received his bachelor’s degree from William Carey University. He received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed an orthopaedic residency from the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to medical school, Dr. Gregg worked at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. and Southern Surgery Center as a medical assistant for one and a half years. Dr. Gregg is an adjunct clinical professor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Gregg has had two articles recently published in orthopaedic journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, and Mississippi Orthopedic Society.


Raymond Y. Whitehead, MD

Dr Raymond Whitehead

415 S 28th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

(601) 268-5630

Raymond Y. Whitehead, MD, a physician at Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery, treats patients with orthopaedic conditions and diseases.

Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery treats a spectrum of orthopaedic conditions and diseases including musculoskeletal injuries, fractures and complex total joint reconstructions. In addition, the clinic also provide surgical treatments for arthritis including joint replacement, neoplasms of the skeletal system, surgery for traumatic injuries, children’s orthopedics and general sports medicine.


David A. Pomierski, MD

Rush Foundation Hospital

1314 19th Ave, Meridian, MS 39301

(601) 483-0011



Dr. David Pomierski

1800 12th St #1, Meridian, MS 39301

(601) 703-9231

  • Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Residency: Ochsner Foundation Hospital in Jefferson, Louisiana 


James R. Watson, MD

Dr James Watson

1800 12th St #1, Meridian, MS 39301

(601) 703-9231

  • Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

  • Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi

  • Residency: Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana 


Lane Rush, MD

Dr Lane Rush

1800 12th St #1, Meridian, MS 39301

(601) 703-9231

  • Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

  • Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi

  • Residency: Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana 


Donald Baker, MD

Merit Health River Oaks

1030 River Oaks Dr, Flowood, MS 39232

(601) 932-1030


Dr. Donald Baker

1860 Chadwick Dr suite 150a, Jackson, MS 39204

(601) 376-2818

Donald Baker comes to Merit Health from Southern Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Jasper, AL. He completed his Orthopaedic residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson received his doctorate in medicine from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He finished cum laude and was named to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Baker also holds his Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine from Samford University in Birmingham, where he was named salutatorian and awarded the Wheeler Medal for Academic Excellence.

Dr. Baker specializes in shoulder and knee arthroscopy and hip & knee replacement. He is living in flowood with wife and 3 kids



To hear Dr. Joel Tucker as he teaches about the latest advancement in joint replacement and robotic knee and hip replacement.


MAKOplasty uses robotic technology to execute a less invasive and highly successful knee replacement procedure, designed to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.


Eric D. Washington, MD

3615 Hospital Rd.

Pascagoula MS

(228) 230-2663

Dr. Eric Washington joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in December 2002. He generally works out of their Pascagoula office and Singing River Hospital. Dr. Washington moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from St. Louis, Missouri. He had practiced orthopaedic surgery in St. Louis since 1989. Dr. Washington grew up in St. Louis and attended Christian Brothers College JROTC High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He trained at the University of Illinois in Chicago for his general surgical internship and orthopaedic residency. After completing his residency, Dr. Washington returned to St. Louis where he developed a private orthopaedic practice and worked as a part-time assistant professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Louis University. He currently practices general orthopaedics with a special interest in hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Washington has continuously served on various hospital advisory and functional committees. The list of committee memberships includes peer review committees, medical executive committees, orthopaedic division chief, chairman of the surgical subspecialty committee, and trauma committee member. He previously served as Chief of Staff for Singing River Health System as well as a board member for the Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Washington is married with four children. During his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as golf and spending time on the water as well as relaxing with his family.


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MAKOplasty is FDA approved and uses the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System that provides advanced surgical accuracy. Combined with CT scans and advanced 3D modeling, the RIO® robotic technology assists the surgeon to deliver customized treatment with high precision.


This technology assists the surgeon in targeting and replacing only the damaged portion of the knee with a robotic piece, and helps the surgeon align the implant and secure it onto the joint. This minimal approach spares healthy tissue and bone from unnecessary removal or trauma, often leading to faster recovery times and a better experience using the joint post-surgery.

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