Spine orthopedic clinic

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A., located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is one of the largest orthopedic groups in the State of Mississippi. Its spine center is referred some of the most complex back and neck problems from across Mississippi. The spine program includes three fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons (the highest level of medical education in the U.S.) working with physicians who provide non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain. The spine surgeons are proficient in artificial disc replacement, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery that reduces the length of the incision, shortens time in the hospital and speeds return to activity with a less painful recovery.


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Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. is the only spine program in Mississippi to be included in SpineCenterNetwork.com — the only national listing of credentialed spine centers. To be included, a spine center must have board-certified spine surgeons; non-surgical spine physicians; affiliated spine therapists; and a heavy emphasis on patient education. As a community service, the spine center at Southern Bone & Joint distributes a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has custom stretches that can relieve back and neck strain and symptom charts that show when a person needs to see a spine specialist to prevent herniated disc symptoms like numbness and weakness in a hand or foot from becoming permanent and lifelong.

Southern Bone and Joint also has an online encyclopedia about spine, joint replacement and sports medicine problems at SouthernBoneandJoint.com.

Fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeons:

James Antinnes, M.D.
Board-certified, Fellowship-trained
Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

Dr. Antinnes is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthpaedic surgeon with a diverse and unique background in spinal disorders. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in biomechanics of the spine. While there, he trained under Dr. Manohar Panjabi, considered one of the most influential spinal researchers in the world. He was then selected for a prestigious spine research fellowship in Zurich, Switzerland where he lived for three years, devoting his time researching the cervical and lumbar spine. While in Switzerland, Dr. Antinnes traveled to many European countries and worked with many of the preeminent spine surgeons in Europe, including Dr. Dieter Grob, one of the finest spine surgeons in the international area. After graduating from Yale University, he received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. Dr. Antinnes trained at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. He furthered his training in San Francisco at the University of California, where he completed a fellowship in spinal deformities.

David Lee, M.D.
F.A.C.S Board-certified, Fellowship-trained
Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

David C. Lee, M.D., is fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and fellow with the American College of Surgeons. Lee received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed his neurosurgery residency and neurosurgical spinal fellowship. He completed the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s first combined Orthopedic/Neurosurgical spinal fellowship. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Southern Neurosurgical Society, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Southern Pain Society, North American Spine Society, American College of Spine Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and Mississippi Neurosurgical Society.

Michael Patterson, M.D.
Board-certified, Fellowship-trained
Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

Dr. Michael Patterson is a board-certified, fellowship trained spine orthopaedic surgeon. He received extensive training in surgery of the cervical spine, or neck, during his fellowship. This training included such advanced techniques as cervical laminoplasty, taught to him by Jack Zigler M.D., formerly the director of the Rancho Los Amigos Spinal Cord Injury Service in Los Angeles. During and since his training, Dr. Patterson has presented topics concerning orthopedics and spine at local, national, and international specialty meetings. Born and raised in the South, Dr. Patterson has strong family and professional ties to Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, he pursued training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Kansas. While there, he began to develop his interest and skills in surgery of the spine.

Non surgical spine care:

Hallie Bell, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist

Hallie Bell, M.D., a board certified neurologist, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Mississippi State University. She received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed an internship from the University of Florida and her residency in neurology at UMMC. Bell completed her fellowship in neurophysiology at UMMC. She has 16 years of experience in electrodiagnostic medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Hallie Bell performs SBJ’s electromyography which evaluates the health condition of muscles and the nerve cells that control them. An EMG translates the electrical signals into graphs or numbers, helping doctors to make a diagnosis. A doctor will usually order an EMG when someone is showing symptoms of a muscle or nerve disorder. These symptoms may include tingling, numbness, or unexplained weakness in the limbs. EMG results can help the doctor diagnose muscle disorders, nerve disorders, and disorders affecting the connection between nerves and muscles.

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A.
3688 Veterans Memorial Dr., Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401
Appointments, referrals & second opinions: 601-554-7400
Online spine encyclopedia about back and neck pain at: SouthernBoneandJoint.com


As a free community service, this Spine Center of Excellence mails out Home Remedy Books on a limited basis to residents in the region. Home remedy books include information about the spine center, instruction on how to use the exercise book, various exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain, and other home remedies.



For those back and neck pain sufferers who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options, spine surgery may be the next step in resolving a spine problem. Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it is a good idea to obtain a second opinion from a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon before undergoing surgery.