Eric Stiefel, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Valdosta, GA

About Dr. Stiefel

Eric Stiefel, MD, is a sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in Valdosta, Georgia. He specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and disorders of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip. He offers advanced surgical techniques to manage common orthopedic injuries, which can affect patients of all ages and activity levels, from the elite athlete to the weekend sports enthusiast.

Dr. Stiefel is a graduate of Valdosta High School and Valdosta State University (VSU). At VSU, he was a member of the baseball team and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. 

Following graduation, he continued his medical training, specializing in orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida. While there, Dr. Stiefel had the opportunity to work with the Florida medical community on several public health initiatives aimed at improving patient access to orthopedic care. As a resident physician, he was instrumental in developing a health care policy education program for resident physicians and received national recognition for his efforts. 

During this time, he also served as a member of the Florida Orthopaedic Society’s Political Actions and Legislative Committees. Dr. Stiefel was the first resident physician to achieve these committee assignments. In his final year of residency, Dr. Stiefel was selected as administrative chief resident for the department of orthopedic surgery. He also participated in the ACGME Leadership program and received both the Rosalie O. Saffos Scholarship for resident-teacher of the Year and the Marshall Horowitz Award for the Most Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident. 

Afterward, Dr. Stiefel participated in the combined Mississippi Sports Medical Center and Tulane University Sports Medicine fellowship program (2012-2013), where he trained under renowned shoulder and elbow surgeons, Larry Field, MD, and Felix Savoie III, MD. From 2013-2015, Dr. Stiefel served as the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) selected Health Care Policy Fellow and was a member of the Health Care Policy Committee. While serving as the AANA health policy fellow, Dr. Stiefel worked on several initiatives aimed at advocating for orthopedic patients’ access to the highest quality care.  

Dr. Stiefel currently serves as Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee at South Georgia Medical Center. He also serves on the GOS membership committee, AAOS CCR Committee, AAOS clinical practice guidelines committee, and is the chairman of the Advocacy Committee for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Stiefel is recognized as a designated arthroscopic leader by the Arthroscopy Association of North America. 

Dr. Stiefel has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and medical texts.

A native of Valdosta, Georgia, he is married to Samantha, and they have four children: Sarah Kathryn, Peyton Lynne, JR, and John.

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Eric Stiefel, MD, is a sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in Valdosta, Georgia. He specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and disorders of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip. He offers advanced surgical techniques to manage common orthopedic injuries, which can affect patients of all ages and activity levels, from the elite athlete to the weekend sports enthusiast.

Dr. Stiefel is a graduate of Valdosta High School and Valdosta State University (VSU). At VSU, he was a member of the baseball team and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. 

Following graduation, he continued his medical training, specializing in orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida. While there, Dr. Stiefel had the opportunity to work with the Florida medical community on several public health initiatives aimed at improving patient access to orthopedic care. As a resident physician, he was instrumental in developing a health care policy education program for resident physicians and received national recognition for his efforts. 

During this time, he also served as a member of the Florida Orthopaedic Society’s Political Actions and Legislative Committees. Dr. Stiefel was the first resident physician to achieve these committee assignments. In his final year of residency, Dr. Stiefel was selected as administrative chief resident for the department of orthopedic surgery. He also participated in the ACGME Leadership program and received both the Rosalie O. Saffos Scholarship for resident-teacher of the Year and the Marshall Horowitz Award for the Most Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident. 

Afterward, Dr. Stiefel participated in the combined Mississippi Sports Medical Center and Tulane University Sports Medicine fellowship program (2012-2013), where he trained under renowned shoulder and elbow surgeons, Larry Field, MD, and Felix Savoie III, MD. From 2013-2015, Dr. Stiefel served as the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) selected Health Care Policy Fellow and was a member of the Health Care Policy Committee. While serving as the AANA health policy fellow, Dr. Stiefel worked on several initiatives aimed at advocating for orthopedic patients’ access to the highest quality care.  

Dr. Stiefel currently serves as Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee at South Georgia Medical Center. He also serves on the GOS membership committee, AAOS CCR Committee, AAOS clinical practice guidelines committee, and is the chairman of the Advocacy Committee for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Stiefel is recognized as a designated arthroscopic leader by the Arthroscopy Association of North America. 

Dr. Stiefel has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and medical texts.

A native of Valdosta, Georgia, he is married to Samantha, and they have four children: Sarah Kathryn, Peyton Lynne, JR, and John.


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