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NMMC Orthopaedic Trauma Program

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Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic
4250 South Eason Boulevard
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: (662) 377-5265
Fax: (662) 377-5260


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George Karl Van Osten III, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Van Osten is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of fractures and post-traumatic reconstruction. Dr. Van Osten is an active member of NMMC’s medical staff. He has special interests in articular fractures (bone breaks near major joints), injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum, and fracture non-union and mal-union. These interests also motivate his research work outside the operating room.


Dr. Van Osten graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He completed medical school at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He completed his internship in orthopaedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. He went on to complete a residency in orthopaedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. Following residency, Dr. Van Osten completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery at University of California in Sacramento.


  • Special Expertise
  • Fractures and dislocations of both the upper and lower extremities (shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, hip, upper leg, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot)
  • Fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum
  • Complex fractures with angular deformities and/or bone defects
  • Poly-trauma patients with orthopaedic injuries
  • Fractures in adolescents, adults and the elderly populations
  • Periprosthetic fractures
  • Insufficiency fractures
  • Complex cases requiring correction of deformity
  • Corrective osteotomies
  • Unhealed fractures including non-unions
  • Mal-unions


Dr. Matthew Frank


Matthew Frank, M.D.


Dr. Frank worked as a paramedic in New York City and Southeastern Connecticut while attending and subsequently graduating magna cum laude from SUNY-Purchase College with a bachelor’s degree in literature and history. He continued at Purchase College for a post-baccalaureate pre-med program. He received his medical degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa., after which he completed an orthopaedic residency at Rutgers University/New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Frank served as an orthopaedic surgeon in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. During his active duty commitment he was deployed to Craig Joint Theater Hospital/Bagram Air Field in Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Recently, he completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction surgery with Dr. Roy Sanders at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Frank has authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals.

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Bill Rice, M.D.

Dr. Rice is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. He completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he has a subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic surgery. He has worked in north Mississippi as an orthopaedic surgeon for 20 years. He is past president of the Mississippi Orthopedic Society and member of the Council of Delegates American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.


Amy Ballard

Amy Ballard, MPAS, PA-C

Ballard is physician assistant for the Orthopaedic Trauma Program. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. Prior to physician assistant training she worked as a licensed physical therapist assistant for four years. She has served as president of the Mississippi Association of Physician Assistants and in various leadership roles at NMMC. Prior to joining the Orthopaedic Trauma Program, Ballard worked in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery for 12 years.


Stephanie Nix


Stephanie Nix, MSM, PA-C


Nix is a physician assistant with the Orthopaedic Trauma Program.  She received a bachelor's degree in biology from Mississippi College in Cliniton, and a master's of science in medicine from the Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Our physician assistants work with the orthopaedic trauma team evaluating trauma patients in the Emergency Department and clinic, and care for patients during their perioperative period at NMMC.


Orthopaedic Trauma Service
The Orthopaedic Trauma Program at NMMC provides orthopaedic emergency care at a level II facility. We treat all fractures including the upper extremity and lower extremity, pelvis, acetabulum and other bones and joints, isolated fractures/dislocations and poly-trauma. Additionally, we treat non-unions and mal-unions including cases requiring deformity correction. Our staff includes a full-time orthopaedic trauma physician, three rotating orthopaedic surgeons and one full-time physician assistant.

Many of NMMC’s orthopaedic surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and/or have completed fellowship training in orthopaedics.

There are several ways to visit the Orthopaedic Trauma Service:
• Patients can arrive through the Emergency Department.
• Hospital-to-hospital transfer. Once a patient has been accepted by the hospital for special surgery, a nurse coordinator will handle the transfer and all logistical issues.
• Physician-to-physician referral.


Office Hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Monday through Thursday (closed from noon-1 p.m. for lunch)
8 a.m.-noon • Friday


After Hours Care

We provide coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have health care questions after hours, please call (662) 377-3000 and ask for the orthopaedic trauma physician on call. You may also call Nurse Link® at 1-800-882-6274. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest Emergency Department.


All Insurances Accepted
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.


Patient Satisfaction
Patient satisfaction and quality of care are important at all North Mississippi Medical Center locations. The physicians and staff work to address patient complaints in a timely manner and to improve the service provided to patients.


Patients or their representatives who have a complaint or would like to express concerns about their care and safety while in the clinic or who have a compliment to share may contact Careline at (662) 377-2273 or e-mail

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