Grady / Trauma

  • Faculty
    • William Reisman, MD
    • Thomas Moore Jr, MD
    • Thomas Moore, Sr, MD
    • Diane Payne, MD
    • Christopher Sadlack, MD
    • George Wright, MD
    • Richard Thomas, MD
  • Locations
    • Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Description

The Grady Memorial Hospital rotation is an integral part of the resident’s experience at Emory. The Emory Orthopaedics Department has a long-standing history with Grady and the hospital has been the Atlanta metro area’s main trauma hospital for over a century. In addition, Grady serves as the primary point of entry to the healthcare system for the indigent population of metro Atlanta. This rotation is split between two different orthopaedic services which work in concert to provide orthopaedic care in the traumatic and elective setting.


While on the trauma service, the residents will learn how to manage both acute and non-acute orthopaedic injuries. This includes basic fracture management, as well as, the management of soft-tissue injuries and poly-trauma patients. The orthopaedic residents will gain experience handling both the immediate care and resuscitation of a trauma patient in the Emergency Room in addition to the definitive treatment of fractures in the operating room. During trauma clinic, the resident is involved in the decision making process for the wide variety of basic and complex trauma patients inherent to a level 1 trauma center. The fundamentals of fracture care and the management of peri-articular, pelvic and acetabular fractures are emphasized during this rotation.

Specialty Service at Grady

While on the specialty service at Grady, the residents will work closely with our Adult Reconstruction, Spine and Hand & Upper Extremity faculty in providing orthopaedic care to the Atlanta community. In addition to learning more about the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment inherent to those elective practices, residents are also involved in the management of traumatic injuries related to those fields. The residents on the specialty services will gain exposure to peri-prosthetic hip and knee fractures, penetrating and blunt spine trauma, and hand trauma ranging from fracture management to replantations. The residents of both services meet every morning for a fracture conference to review the cases from the day before and there is a weekly didactic session dedicated to orthopaedic trauma.