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Dr. Chad Kessler received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia. While studying microbiology, he played basketball for the Georgia Bulldogs and was voted GTE Academic All-American in 1987. He received a special citation from the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Georgia President’s Award. After college, he deferred his enrollment into medical school to play professional basketball for one year.
Dr. Kessler received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He also completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic residency at the Medical College of Georgia. After finishing his orthopedic training, Dr. Kessler pursued his special interest in spine surgery by completing the Leatherman Spine Fellowship Program at the Spine Institute for Special Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Kessler is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, National Board of Orthopaedics, and National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, Society of Lateral Access Surgery, and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is on staff at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan.
Fortunately, most spinal problems can be managed conservatively with physical therapy, nonsteroidals, or injections, which are done in our ambulatory surgery center. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Kessler utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible and is trained in four types of cervical disc replacement. He also performs outpatient cervical disc replacement and fusions at the ambulatory surgery center, the Summit Surgery Center. Dr. Kessler does mini-incision lumbar discectomies and in-office kyphoplasty for spinal fractures on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Kessler lives in Newnan with his wife, Andrea, and their three children.