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Fairbanks Orthopedic Center

Specializing in General Orthopedics Surgery, Pain Management

The Fairbanks Orthopedic Center addresses all musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. We are experienced and skilled in dealing with the bone and joint problems of the pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric population. We are committed to the restoration of function in our patients, and to achieve this, we employ the highest quality of both surgical and non-surgical care and rehabilitation. In addition, our Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy departments utilize highly trained specialists whose goal is to return the patient to activity in a rapid but prudent fashion."

Dr. J. H. Fairbanks completed his undergraduate work at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN (BS Biology-1979). He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, (1983). Following a flexible internship at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and a surgical internship at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine he completed his residency in Orthopedics at Tulane University School of Medicine (1990). Dr. Fairbanks authored a publication in 1991 entitled Seminars in Spine Surgery: Instability in the Appendicular Skeleton, as well as a textbook chapter (2000) in Orthopedic Sports Medicine entitled “Labral Tears in Throwing Sports”.

Before entering private practice in Natchez, MS in 1998, he practiced with Orthopedic Associates of Abilene, TX from 1991-97. During this time, he was Musculoskeletal Chairman and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Chairman at the Hendrick Medical Center of Abilene. He also served on Hendrick's Professional Activities and CQI Committees. In 2000 he was Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.

Office Location

Fairbanks Orthopedic Center
Riverpark Medical Center
107 Front Street Vidalia, LA 71373
Phone: 318-336-2212

Special Clinical Interests

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
Non-Surgical Spine Care
Outpatient Orthopedics

Board Certification

Diplomat, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1995
Recertification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2005


American Sports Medicine Institute – 1997
(Arthroscopy/Sports Medicine)
DePaul Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. (Total Joints)
Elmwood Medical Center, Jefferson, LA (Spine)

Selected Present Activities

Active Staff Riverland Medical Center Ferriday, LA
Board of Trustees, Riverpark Medical Center

Authored Publications

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, ed. W.E. Garrett, Labral Tears
in Throwing Sports pp. 457-479, 2000, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.


Rhodes College Memphis, TN 1979 Bachelors of Science Degree
LSUMC New Orleans, LA 1983 Doctor of Medicine
Charity Hospital New orleans, LA 1983-84 Transitional Intern
University of Tenn Chattanooga, TN 1984-85 Surgical Intern Tulane University New Orleans, LA 1985-90 Orthopedic Residency
Private Fellowship Henry, Larocca, M.D. 7/90-12/90 Spine Fellow
Depsul Hospital Leo Whiteside, M.D. 1/91-6/91 Total Joint Fellow
American Sports James R. Andrews, M.D. 6/98-12/98 Sports Medicine Fellow Medicine Institute

Our Mission...

It is our goal to provide the highest quality healthcare to our patients utilizing qualified specialists, personalized service, and state of the art resources. Our decisions are driven by the philosophy that our patients are given the highest priority. We strive to provide both patient and staff a pleasant setting where cost-efficient healthcare can be received and delivered. We envision a growing center of specialists who offer an increasing diversity of services from all fields of medicine and surgery. We aspire to elevate the level of healthcare delivery for our entire region and aim for nothing less than to provide an outpatient medical center that might serve as a model for others.
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