Orthopaedic Associates is now CONA

Physicians

James Behr, MD

As both a pain management and a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Behr focuses on treating each patient as an individual restoring quality of life and improving function through multidisciplinary pain management including interventional procedures, physical modalities and other treatments.

Dr. Behr completed his medical degree at the University of Rochester in New York, his specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at University of Washington prior to completing his pain management fellowship at UCLA in California.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Back pain
  • Muscle and joint conditions
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Work-related injuries

MARY JOAN BLACK, MD

Dr. Black was born and raised in Spartanburg, graduated from Spartanburg High School, Wake Forest University and Medical University of South Carolina.  She completed her orthopaedic training in Jacksonville, FL with additional training at the Mayo Clinic and Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She then returned to Spartanburg with her husband and three children.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Shoulder and knee
  • Sports medicine
  • Fractures
  • Worker's compensation injuries
  • General orthopaedics
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified since 1997

David Brown, MD

Dr. Brown is a fellowship-trained upper extremity surgeon, applying advanced techniques in both operative and non-operative conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder to minimize pain, while restoring function. Dr. Brown completed his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts and his orthopedic surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in New York. Dr. Brown then completed his hand and upper extremity subspecialty training with the esteemed University of Pittsburgh Fellowship Program.   Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Nerve compressions (cubital 
& carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Tendonitis
  • Acute hand injuries such as fractures, lacerations and sprains
  • Tendon and nerve injuries (incl. trigger fingers)
  • Reconstruction of old injuries
  • Congenital problems or Dupuytren’s disease
  • Joint replacement in the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder

Christopher Chittum, MD

Dr. Chittum is the current chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon who received his training at the Medical University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Sunil Patel, MD, chairman of Neurological Surgery. His neurosurgery training included seven full years of inclusive spinal treatments unlike "fellowship" trained spine surgeons who often only get one year of spine training.

He was the first surgeon to use robotic guidance for lumbar and thoracic spinal fusion in both North and South Carolina. He currently has used robotic guidance for this procedure more than any other surgeon in the Carolinas. He treats traumatic fractures, acute and degenerative disk problems and incorporates all non-surgical therapies as well to treat these conditions. He is trained in the use of artificial disk replacement for the cervical spine when indicated.

He operates at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Mary Black Memorial and holds privileges at Pelham Hospital.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Brain tumors—both malignant and benign
  • Lumbar fusion–lateral and posterior
  • Lumbar diskectomy
  • Anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion
  • Posterior cervical diskectomy
  • Posterior cervical fusion
  • Thoracic fusion—lateral and posterior
  • Laminectomy—cervical, thoracic and lumbar
  • Foraminotomy
  • Vertebrectomy for trauma or tumor
  • Craniotomy for tumor, trauma and hematoma
  • Decompressive craniectomy for trauma
  • Ventriculo—peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus or NPH
  • Chiari decompression
  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Ulnar nerve decompression

Anthony DiNicola, MD

Dr. DiNicola specializes in interventional pain management including the diagnosis, treatment and management of painful back, neck, joint, muscle and nerve conditions. He believes in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach for each patient’s care to maximize function and enhance the quality of life. He completed his undergraduate training at Virginia Tech and medical school training at West Virginia University. He completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He then completed a pain medicine fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. DiNicola loves spending his free time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, and he also enjoys tennis, college football and fishing.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Back pain
  • Muscle and joint conditions
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Work-related injuries

Phillip Esce, MD

Dr. Esce has been a physician serving the greater Spartanburg area since 2002. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Esce is board-certified through the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He currently serves on the Neuro-oncology tumor board. He has served as past president of the South Carolina Spine Society.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • All aspects of spinal surgery
  • Brain tumors

Michael Funderburk, MD

Dr. Funderburk completed his studies at the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina.  In his leisure time, he enjoys a good round of golf.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Arthroscopic treatment and knees
  • Joint replacements
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified since 1990
  • Worker’s compensation injuries

Daniel Gerscovich, MD

As a fellowship trained total joint specialist, Dr. Gerscovich focuses on treating joint conditions, injuries and disorders utilizing the newest operative and non-operative treatments available today. Dr. Gerscovich completed his medical degree at University of South Florida, his orthopaedic residency at George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in Total Joint Reconstruction at the Anderson Clinic.   Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Anterior approach to Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Primary & Revision Hip & Knee Arthroplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Hip & Knee Arthroplasty
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Partial Knee Arthroplasty
  • Outpatient Hip & Knee Arthroplasty

Michael Henderson, MD

Dr. Henderson is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a fellowship specialty in adult foot and ankle surgery and reconstruction.  He also has extensive experience in hip and knee replacement. He has served as a team orthopaedist for Spartanburg High School since 1992.

Dr. Henderson was raised in Spartanburg and graduated from Spartanburg High School. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and it’s School of Medicine. 

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Adult foot and ankle surgery
  • Foot and ankle reconstruction
  • Hip and knee replacement

Michael Hoenig, MD

After graduating from Wofford College and Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Hoenig completed his orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, with a sports medicine and shoulder/elbow fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC.

His past affiliations include the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Carolina Panthers NFL Football team, UNC-Charlotte, Davidson College Basketball teams and local high school football teams. He currently works with Limestone College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Byrnes High School, Dorman High School and Woodruff High School.

He is currently a faculty member of the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program and Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program.   

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder/elbow/knee problems
  • Arthroscopic surgery–shoulder and knee
  • Trauma orthopaedic surgeon for area Level One Trauma Center

Chi Lim, MD

As a fellowship trained spine specialist, Dr. Lim focuses on treating spine conditions, injuries and disorders utilizing  the newest operative and non-operative treatments available today.

Dr. Lim completed his medical degree at Wayne State University in Michigan, his orthopedic residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed a spine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Spinal disorders including disc herniation, degenerative processes, spinal stenosis and deformities

David Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell specializes in non-operating spine treatments, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and spine orthopaedics. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Mitchell completed his spine fellowship at the Indiana Spine Group in Indianapolis.  He is also an appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Mitchell has been evaluating spinal fractures in the office for years and was the first physician in South Carolina to perform kyphoplasty in the office setting for Medicare patients in 2012. If you have a painful vertebral fracture, kyphoplasty performed in an office setting is generally as safe as a hospital setting and significantly less expensive.

Dr. Mitchell is the co-author of a chapter in The Textbook of the Cervical Spine and is the published author of a peer-reviewed cervical spine paper. He has also received four patents on spine devices. He serves as one of the mentors for Wofford College students who are deciding on their career path in the medical field. The students are able to shadow various physicians both in the office and at the hospital to help them determine what field they want to pursue.

He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg and his hobbies include antique radios, white-water rafting and science education.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Operating and non-operative spine treatments
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Worker’s compensation injuries
  • Spinalplasty® vertebroplasty using Confidence System
  • Spineplasty® surgical treatment of spinal alignment
  • Past President of the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association
  • Past President of the South Carolina Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified Since 1998

Timothy Monroe, MD

Dr. Monroe received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine (Cum Laude) in Washington, DC and completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in the department of neurosurgery. Dr. Monroe has privileges at Spartanburg Regional Medical System, Mary Black Health System, and Pelham Hospital.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • All aspects of neurosurgery
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, South Carolina Medical Association and Spartanburg County Medical Society

Gerald Rollins, MD

Dr. Rollins started practicing orthopaedics in Spartanburg in 1982. He studied engineering at the University of Virginia and later received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. After a surgical internship at UNC Chapel Hill, he did a fellowship in rehabilitation at the University of Virginia. He then completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Virginia.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Joint replacements of the hip and knee
  • Fractures and joint injuries
  • Arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery
  • Trauma surgeon for area Level One Trauma Center
  • Past Division Chief of Orthopaedics at Mary Black and Spartanburg Regional Hospitals

Jeffrey Smith, MD

After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech University and medical degree from Texas Tech University HSC, Dr. Smith completed his residency at Case Western/MetroHealth Medical Center, department of PM&R, and his fellowship at Texas Tech University HSC, department of anesthesiology.

Board-certified and specializes in:

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnostics