Phillip D. Surface, D.O.

Dr. Philip D. Surface is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with professional interest in adult reconstruction (total joint replacement) surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, trauma and pediatric orthopedic conditions. He is the President of Summit Orthopedics and the Medical Director of both Joint Connection, an innovative award winning joint replacement unit, and Orthopedic Surgical Services at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Surface’s goal of providing outstanding medical care to patients from all walks of life took root in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia. In the late 1980s, he took the first steps towards achieving this goal by enrolling in Concord University’s pre-medical studies program in Athens. His tireless dedication and academic prowess to the medical field continued, as he enrolled at the University of West Virginia’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his graduation from med-school in 1992, Dr. Surface completed an internship at WVU/Charleston Area Medical Center. He then accepted the opportunity to expand his medical knowledge by completing an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Oklahoma State University, and a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery subspecialty residency at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.

While in residency, Dr. Surface did not limit his time and talent to the operating room. He received special recognition for the development of Oklahoma State’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Sports Medicine program, served as Chief Resident, and authored numerus scientific papers to expand the body of the knowledge in orthopedic medicine. However, one of his greatest achievements during this time was his instrumental role in the care of pediatric victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In addition to arranging for these children to receive care, Dr. Surface also provided specialized Orthopedic Surgical treatment to many of the young victims. He also served as team physician-consultant for several organizations including professional, collegiate and high school teams, as they all worked to help those in need.

While maintaining a busy practice of patient care and surgery, Dr. Surface serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a Clinical Instructor at Alderson-Broadous’ Physician Assistant Program. He has been involved in the design of surgical equipment and implants for twelve-years, with special skills in design, implementation and maintenance of service line care systems. He is the current President of the Sports Medicine Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Jory C. Gotham PA-C, ATC

Jory Gotham joined Dr. Surface at Summit Orthopedics in October 2019. Originally from Gouverneur, New York, he was a three-sport athlete during his high school career. This sparked his interest and began his experience in pursuing a career with orthopedics.

Jory attended Alfred University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Physiology. During this time, he played Division III football for the Alfred Saxons. Jory worked full-time as an Athletic Trainer at SUNY Canton in upstate New York. As an Athletic Trainer, Jory experienced a multitude of complex sports injuries while working alongside the women’s hockey team, men’s baseball team, women’s lacrosse team, and men’s basketball team. He also worked part-time as an Emergency Room Medical Assistant at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center prior to pursuing his ultimate goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

In 2019, Jory graduated with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. He was President of the 2019 cohort. Already a certified Athletic Trainer, he became a board-certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants in 2019.