Joseph M. Savitz, DO/ Physiatrist

Joined 2007

Dr. Savitz grew up in Tampa, Florida. After completing college and medical school, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He was the Senior Flight Surgeon at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California where he then went on to become the Senior Flight Surgeon/Medical Officer for Marine Air Group 70 in the Persian Gulf War and stationed aboard the USS New Orleans Amphibious Assault Carrier. Dr. Savitz received numerous military honors and citations while serving. He has had the honor of caring for US Naval/Marine pilots and their families during his tenure in the Navy. He also had the privilege of flying alongside these pilots in F-4 Phantom supersonic jets and Huey/Cobra helicopters of which he will have lifelong memories. He left active duty in 1994 to pursue his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital program while continuing to serve in the US Navy Reserve with the rank Lieutenant Commander. He was chief resident and earned Board Certification in this specialty.

He currently serves at the Medical Director of Athens Orthopedic Clinic Occupational Health/Workers’ Compensation division and has been with AOC since 2007.

Dr. Savitz has two daughters. He and his wife, Wendy (a high school counselor) enjoy tennis, exercising, and traveling.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts,
Magna Cum Laude,
May 1979
University of Tennessee
Chattanooga, TN

Graduate

University of Florida.
1979-1980
Gainesville, Florida

Medical School

Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.),
June 1985
Des Moines University,
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Des Moines, Iowa

Residency

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION
July 1991 – June 1994
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Sinai Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Internship

Michigan Health Center – Rotating
July 1985 – June 1986
Detroit, Michigan

Continued Education

Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
November 1990 – May 1991
Awarded US Naval Flight Surgeon Wings
Pensacola, Florida

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine(AANEM)
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Arthritis Foundation-Board of Advisors. –Chairman-January 1, 1996 to May 1997
  • Rotary Club of Lanier-Hall County. Member September 1996-January 1997
  • Southern Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Hospital Affiliations

Northeast Georgia Medical Center;
Gainesville, Georgia
July 1994 – August 2007

Medical Supervisor-Regain. A comprehensive outpatient Neurorehabilitation program
January 1997 to August 2007

Lanier Park Regional Hospital;
Gainesville, Georgia
July 1994 –August 2007

Professional Affiliations

Emory University
School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volunteer Faculty, September 1995 to July 1997

Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics
May 2012 to present.

Professional Appointments

Athens Orthopedic Clinic
Athens, Georgia
September 2007 to present Medical Director-Occupational Health Center.

The Longstreet Clinic, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Founding Member
Gainesville, Georgia
November 1995 – August 2007
Private Practice
Board Memberships: Utilization Management/Quality Assurance, Operations Management Board: Chairman

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates of North Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
July 1994 – October 1995
General inpatient (neuro/ortho) and office-based physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine, Musculoskeletal, occupational and sports rehabilitation. Electrodiagnostics

UNITED STATES NAVY MEDICAL CORPS

Director, Section of Military Medicine/Senior Medical Officer
February 1991 – June 1991
Marine Corps Air Station; El Toro, California

  • Supervised medical and nursing staff for 2 medical clinics including 15 physicians, 5 nurses, 20 medical corpsmen and ancillary staff
  • Responsible for health care of U.S. Marines and their families
  • Honorable Discharge June 24, 1991.
  • Final Rank: Lieutentant Commander

Senior Flight Surgeon, Marine Aircraft Group 50
October 1990 – February 1991
Operation Desert Storm, Persian Gulf

  • Coordinated the development and mobilization of a U.S. Navy/Marine Corps amphibious medical unit
  • Responsible for the care, triage and possible evacuation of 7,000 U.S. Marines
  • Supervised medical team of 6 physicians and 30 medical corpsmen aboard 15 U.S. Navy warships
  • Medals: Meritorious Unit Commendation/Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ Bronze Star

General Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon
July 1986 – October 1990
Marine Corps Air Station; El Toro, California

  • Staff Physician, provided general and emergency medicine to military personnel and their families
  • Flew helicopter missions with base Search and Rescue team
  • Member of Aircraft Mishap and Investigations Board
  • Member of Quality Assurance and Peer Review Committee

KAISER PERMANENTE FOUNDATION

Family Practice and Urgent Care Physician
September 1991 – June 1994
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States; Washington, DC

  • Care of plan members with general and urgent medical problems

Family Practice and Urgent Care Physician
September 1988 – June 1991
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group;
Anaheim, California

  • Care of plan members with general and urgent medical problems

Licensure

Board Certified – American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Certificate Number 4875
Fellow – American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1995

Research / Publications

  • Savitz JM, and Siebens AA: “Rehabilitation Implications of Caisson Disease.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil (abstract) 1993;74(11):1256.
  • Savitz JM, Young MA, and Ratan RR: “Basilar Artery Occlusion in a Young Patient with Wegener‟s Granulomatosis. Stroke. 1994;25:214-216.

Presentations

  • “Bicycle Accident Related Head Injuries.” Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine – Grand Rounds. April 9, 1992
  • “Running Injuries.” Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine – Grand Rounds. March 11, 1993
  • “Rehabilitation Implications of Caisson Disease.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. November 1993
  • “Overview of Fibromyalgia” Presented to the Arthritis Support Group of North Georgia October 1995
  • “Physiatric and Psychiatric Involvement in Fibromyalgia” Presented to the Medical Staff of Northeast Georgia Medical Center for weekly continuing medical educational series April 1995
  • “Dysphagia in a Patient with Human Immunodeficiency virus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” Campbell KH, Hoey RL, and Savitz JM. Presented to the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual meeting. November 19, 1997, Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment Presented to Nursing/Therapy Staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. April 2004

Specialized Training

  • Occupational and Industrial Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Disability Evaluations