Dr. Amber Aragon Joins BJISG
July 22, 2015 – JESUP, GA – The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia announces the addition of Amber Aragon, MD to their staff. Aragon is an Orthopedic Surgeon and will begin seeing patients in BJI’s Hinesville office the first week in August.
Dr. Aragon specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints, both chronic and sports-related, including meniscus tears, ligament injuries, rotator cuff tears, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and ankle instability. She uses an arthroscopic approach for the majority of her surgical cases. Aragon brings a wealth of experience to BJI, including five years at Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, two years of which she served as chief of the orthopedic surgery service. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 as the only trauma orthopedic surgeon of a forward surgical team.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Aragon join the BJI team,” said J. Lex Kenerly, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon. “Her experience, both surgical and in the military, makes her an outstanding addition to our practice. All of us at BJI are pleased to welcome Amber and her family to the practice and our community.”
A native of Oak Ridge, TN, Aragon was valedictorian of her high school class. She attended The University of Pittsburgh on a full academic scholarship, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering, and graduated magna cum laude in 2000. Aragon was inspired to pursue orthopedics after performing undergraduate research in cartilage biomechanics, during which time she met and observed renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu.
In 2001, Aragon joined the U.S. Army under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She earned her M.D. degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, in 2004, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and graduated first in her class. Her orthopedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical center included a dedicated year of research at the National Institutes of Health, studying the biochemical cause of abnormal bone formation in soldiers who sustain traumatic amputation due to improvised explosive devices. This research resulted in multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals. Aragon performed over 3,000 surgeries during her residency, the majority of which were on wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I’m excited to be a part of the BJI team, and look forward to using my expertise to treat patients in need of expert orthopedic care,” said Aragon. “I chose orthopedics because I like to help keep people moving and help them return them to the activities they love. I pride myself on being a good listener to my patients, and developing individualized treatment plans for each person.”
Aragon is board certified in orthopedic surgery, and a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. Aragon’s husband, George, is a gastroenterologist in Savannah. In her free time she enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time outside with her family.
Based in Jesup, The Bone & Joint Institute serves 18 Southeast Georgia counties, and has satellite offices in Baxley, Waycross and Hinesville. BJISG provides comprehensive orthopedic care, and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center at the Jesup location, with digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopaedic surgeries, on-site x-ray services, and Open MRIs accredited by the American College of Radiology at the Jesup and Waycross offices.