Dr. Dmitri Sofianos

 

 

If you saw Dr. Dmitri Sofianos in one of his dapper suits or even in a lab coat, you might not immediately associate him with rugby – a rough sport dating back to medieval times.  Yes, he’s 6-foot-2 and weighs around 185 pounds, but “I’m not a behemoth, by any means,” he says.
 
Yet it hasn’t been all that long ago since Dr. Sofianos, in New Zealand as part of his studies at Vanderbilt University, was an active player in one of the country’s more than 500 rugby clubs.  Rugby is the unofficial national sport of New Zealand, where it has a passionate following. New Zealand’s national team, the All Blacks, ranks as one of the top teams in the world. 
Dr. Sofianos went on to receive his medical degree from Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. During residency at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and fellowship at the University of Southern California Comprehensive Spine Center in both the Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Orthopaedics, he received extensive training in all aspects of spine care, and currently he is a comprehensive spine specialist at Chatham Orthopaedics.
 
Dr. Sofianos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on orthopaedic and spine surgery and helped develop a software database to track and report patient outcomes to improve spine care. He also has a special interest in treatment of the ageing spine and motion preservation procedures in the cervical and lumbar spine, including disc replacement, laminoplasty and minimally invasive microsurgery.
 
Rugby is no longer the sport of choice for a surgeon – “Too much risk of breaking a bone in my hand,” he says. But other sports are definitely in the picture. “I like to hike, bike and paddleboard,” he says.  “My wife is really the runner in the family.” Increasingly, family activities are a big part of his life.  With a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, more sports involvement is likely in his future.“I try to do something active, every day,” he says, usually at 6 a.m. before his day gets too busy.
 
Dr. Sofianos’ New Zealand experienced sparked an interest in international travel. He has a visiting surgeon and educator in various countries, including Burma, Australia and Ghana, helping out in one situation where local doctors were out on strike. And, he says, “When I was in New Zealand, I fell in love with nature and the world.” That’s  part of the reason he and his wife relocated to Savannah.  A Mississippi native, he grew up near the water, and when he visited Savannah he fell in love again.  Now he lives across the street from a nature preserve and near a dock where he can sit and fish when he has a few spare moments.  “I wouldn’t want to live in any other place,” he says.
 
Chatham Orthopaedic Associates
4425 Paulsen St • Savannah, GA • 912.355.6615 • chathamorthopaedics.com

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Events Calendar

  • A Savannah Scavenger Hunt: Historic Savannah Adventure

    Feb 19, 2020
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah

    Explore beautiful Savannah. Steeped in Civil War history, you will be sure to find some new-to-you spots. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a...

  • #iSPYtogether Summer Challenge

    Jun 01, 2020
    12:00 AM - 11:45 PM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    We’re in this together! We’re experiencing a shift in the world together, and together we can keep each other healthy and connected in the...

  • On the Spot Murder Mystery Show

    Jun 26, 2020
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Savannah Coffee Roasters

    On The Spot Murder Mystery Dinner Show hosted by The Odd Lot Improv Team at Savannah Coffee Roasters, 6:30 p.m. An entirely improvised...

  • The Society of Bluffton Artists(SOBA) 2020 Summer Art Camp

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  • Free Fort Pulaski Days

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  • Free Yoga at CQ Forsyth Park

    Jun 22, 2020
    All Day @ Collins Quarter at Forsyth

    Are you ready to flow under the iconic Spanish Moss?  Beginning this Friday June 12, Collins Quarter at Forsyth along with Savannah Yoga...

  • Libertea High Tea

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    Wednesdays and Saturdays: Sit back and relax around the open fire and enjoy delicious pastries, cakes, chocolates and savory delights from our...

  • 4th of July Dinner & Fireworks Cruise

    Jul 04, 2020
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    Celebrate our Nation’s Independence with Savannah Riverboat Cruises!  Join us on board for a — one of a kind...

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    Jul 04, 2020
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    Jul 04, 2020
    9:45 PM - 10:30 PM @ Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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    Jul 04, 2020
    All Day @ How 2 Run

    This July 4th enjoy a unique event celebrating our independence day. We are running RWB style, carrying the American flag. We are purchasing 100...

  • It's A Girl's World

    Jul 04, 2020
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    It’s a Girl’s WORLD 2020: a tour that will visit many places! Everything a girl wants all at one show. Shop, Eat, Drink, Inspire &...

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      Lose the ghost tour crowds & come to the uninterruptedness and exclusivity of Savannah's ONLY After Hours Cemetery Tour...

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    Jul 06, 2020
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    Jun 22, 2020
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    Jul 20, 2020
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Scenes of the South

Danny Merritt 2020 Election Watch Party

Danny Merritt held his election watch party at Coach's Corner in Savannah, Georgia on Tuesday, June 9th. Merritt ran for Congress for District 1 against incumbent Buddy Carter.

FACES OF THE SOUTH — THE TRILOGY GALLERY 5

This is not a celebration. It is not a salute. This, readers, is a manifesto. It is a bold declaration of the richness of the South, of the majestic talents, relentless ambition and singular vision that reside just behind each face you pass in your travels. These are the faces of the people who are creating the new South through the sweat of their brow and the depth of their passions. But if you never look closer you may never know how deep that passion goes, and what it has accomplished.

FACES OF THE SOUTH — THE TRILOGY GALLERY 4

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FACES OF THE SOUTH — THE TRILOGY GALLERY 3

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February Brews for a Cause

February's Brews for a Cause was held at the Drayton Hotel on Thursday, February 27th. South Magazine and Southern Eagle teamed up to raise money through a large silent auction for the Savannah Ambucs organization. Craft Beer samplings from Wild Leap Brewing, alongside appetizers from the Drayton Hotel were offered to guests.

2020 Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association held its annual Southern Coast Heart Ball on Saturday, February 8th at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with a silent auction, dinner and program, and dancing to end the evening. All proceeds went to the Open Your Heart campaign.

4th Annual Hearts for Healing Gala

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center held its Fourth Annual Hearts for Healing Gala on Friday, February 7th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. Guests enjoyed gourmet dining, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction benefitted the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center's program for individuals with disabilities.

IDC Benefits the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire

The LeClerc Family owners of IDC (International Diamond Center) in Savannah 349 Mall Blvd held a benefit to support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Guests enjoyed light food and drinks, while bidding on several silent auction items, including autographed footballs and helmets donated by Anthony Lanier II.