Why did you choose orthopaedics?
I chose orthopaedics and sports medicine while in the Navy at Pensacola Air Station. I was asked to work in a speciality clinic and chose orthopaedics over reproductive clinic and senior officer sick call.
What makes you feel successful as a physician?
I feel very successful as an orthopaedic surgeon because I continue to enjoy coming to work every day and seeing patients who make me laugh and feel good about treating them.
What is the most complicated or memorable case you've handled?
My most memorable case was a twelve-year-old girl who fell under a homecoming float and sustained fractures of her pelvis, both femurs and both tibias. She is now 51 and continues to be my patient.
Why did you choose to associate with Southlake Orthopaedics?
I choose to continue to work at Southlake because the staff is extremely pleasant to work with and is very supportive. A day rarely goes by that we don't have an outstanding laugh together.
William Douglas Sudduth, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1964. After graduation, he attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and earned his medical degree in 1968. At that time, Dr. Sudduth completed a surgical internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. From 1969 to 1971 he was a flight surgeon with the United States Naval Reserve Medical Corps, 6th Mediterranean Fleet. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic surgery fellowship and residency at the University of Alabama in 1974.
Dr. Sudduth established his private practice in Selma, Alabama from 1974 to 1991 with Selma Orthopaedic Associates. He relocated to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he practiced at Alabama Orthopaedics & Spine Center of Tuscaloosa specializing in surgery and sports medicine until 2007. In January 2008, Dr. Sudduth joined Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine and Spine Center. From his many years of practice his special interest is treating shoulder disorders.
Training & Education:
Medical School: University of Alabama Medical School, Birmingham, Alabama 1968
Surgical Internships: Carraway Methodist Medical Center 1968-1969, United States Naval Reserve Medical Corps, 6th Mediterranean Fleet 1969-1971
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Alabama Medical School, Birmingham, Alabama 1974
Certifications & Associations:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 1975
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1978
Southern Orthopaedic Society, Tuscaloosa County Medical Society
Medplex Outpatient Surgery Center, Northport Hospital, Tuscaloosa Surgical Center, Fayette County Hospital