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Dr. Don Aaron named Sports Medicine Person of Year
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Dr. Don Aaron of Optim Orthopedics, center, with Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association President Paul Higgs and GATA Honors and Awards Committee Chair Stephanie Vasquez.

The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association has named Don Aaron, MD, as the recipient of the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year Award.  

An orthopedic surgeon with Optim Orthopedics specializing in sports medicine, Dr. Aaron serves as a team physician for Georgia Southern University as well as nine high schools in southeast Georgia.

Dr. Aaron received his award at the conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26. 

He was nominated and recommended by several athletic training professionals from both Georgia Southern and Optim Healthcare. 

According to the nomination: “Known for his accessibility and willingness to help, Dr. Aaron is an excellent advocate for athletic trainers. His approach to athlete care allows ATs to reach the full potential of their practice while providing guidance and direction. Dr. Aaron –truly caring for each patient while mentoring young athletic trainers at the same time – has earned the respect and admiration of all those who benefit from his support and care in southeast Georgia.  He is the embodiment of all that the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of Year Award should represent.”

Dr. Aaron is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon based out of Optim’s Statesboro office. 

He attended medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. 

Dr. Aaron then completed a five-year orthopedic residency program at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN, and served as chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Aaron went on to train with renowned sports medicine specialist Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL

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