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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