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Orthopedics: 912.644.5300
Surgery Center: 912.629.3534

Medical Center-Tattnall: 912.557.1000
Medical Center-Screven: 912.564.7426

Gregory P. Kolovich, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Hand, Wrist & Elbow

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Gregory P. Kolovich, MD

OPTIM ORTHOPEDICS: Hand, Wrist & Elbow

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Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, OH)

Residency

Wexner Medical Center Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Fellowship

Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomat

Brunswick News article by Lindsey Adkison

Growing up, Gregory Kolovich, MD didn’t want to be a doctor, in fact, he wanted to be an engineer. But after beginning undergraduate classes at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, he decided to change course.

Now, he’s an orthopedic surgeon with Optim Orthopedics specializing in hand, wrist and elbow. Since joining the healthcare network more than three years ago, Kolovich has built a strong reputation as one of the most skilled hand specialists in our region.

“I originally wanted to work for NASA like a lot of young kids,” he said with a laugh.

“But while I was in school to make extra money for rent, I started to work for an organ and tissue procurement company. That’s how I started getting interested in anatomy, dissection, and surgery.”

After that experience, Kolovich decided to pivot and started pre-med classes. Though he graduated with a degree in engineering, he was set on going to medical school.

Kolovich completed his required courses and tests, then began graduate school at The Ohio State University. While he knew he wanted to be in the surgical realm, he was unsure of his area of focus. An encounter with the chair of the school’s orthopedic program changed everything.

“I met with her and she looked at me and said, ‘Greg, you’re an orthopedic surgeon, trust me,’” he recalled. Turns out, she was right. Kolovich started down the orthopedic path and has never looked back. “I was thinking about doing facial or plastic surgery,” he said.

“I’m so glad I didn’t. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Kolovich completed his residency at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, focusing heavily on hand and microsurgery under the tutelage of a mentor, Michael Ruff, MD. He had an immeasurable impact on the young surgeon’s skills and career.

“Dr. Ruff was a mentor to me and he is one of those guys that can do anything,” he said. “He’s a ‘doctor’s doctor.’ I really learned a lot and liked the versatility of microsurgery.”

Kolovich went on to complete a Harvard University fellowship for additional specialty training, studying extensively and working tireless rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I was on call every third day and basically lived at the hospital,” he said. “It’s an extremely intense year and you’re completely focused on learning all you can. I was able to perform thousands of surgeries.”

All of that experience would play an important role in his future success. After completing training, Kolovich started looking at available jobs. While he briefly considered academia, he opted for work in private practice.

“I wanted to build my practice and have more autonomy,” he said. “It fit my personality better. My wife is from Georgia, so that’s where I began looking.”

That’s how he connected with Optim Healthcare, a collaboration between Optim Orthopedics and the physician-owned Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, which offers a number of specializations including orthopedics, spine care, diagnostic, and therapeutic care.

The doctors there offer top quality care in a collaborative atmosphere, which allows them to best serve their patients.

Kolovich decided to join Optim Orthopedics based in Savannah, but also working out of the Brunswick clinic. He specializes in treatment of fractures, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, and traumas. Kolovich also branches out to treat other upper extremities, as well.

He’s happy to have found a place where he is a part of a large network of skilled surgeons with a variety of specialties.

“What I like about Optim is that you have great surgeons who really care about their patients,” he said.

“They’re a very talented group, always striving to use new technology and be on the leading edge of orthopedics. It’s an opportunity for me to bring a new skill set to the table with microsurgery.”

While Kolovich offers the latest in cutting edge surgical techniques, he first explores all non-surgical options – from physical therapy to regenerative medicine including stem cell injections.

“I actually end up spending more time talking people out of surgery,” he said with a laugh. “Unless there’s something glaring like an obvious displacement or fracture, I want to explore all treatment options before thinking about surgery. I trained in China so I have experience with traditional Chinese acupuncture and cupping. All these applications that are thousands of years old can be really effective for patients today.”

 

Hand Conditions

  • Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Nerve Injuries of the Hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears

Elbow Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome (Entrapment of the Radial Nerve)
  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Elbow Procedures

  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylectomy
  • Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

Shoulder Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear

Shoulder Procedures

  • Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair (Mini-Open, Supraspinatus Tendon-to-Bone Insertion)
  • Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain
  • Subacromial Decompression
  • Biceps Tenodesis
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
Orthopedic Practice

Optim Orthopedics

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, OH)

Residency

Wexner Medical Center Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Fellowship

Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomat

Brunswick News article by Lindsey Adkison

Growing up, Gregory Kolovich, MD didn’t want to be a doctor, in fact, he wanted to be an engineer. But after beginning undergraduate classes at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, he decided to change course.

Now, he’s an orthopedic surgeon with Optim Orthopedics specializing in hand, wrist and elbow. Since joining the healthcare network more than three years ago, Kolovich has built a strong reputation as one of the most skilled hand specialists in our region.

“I originally wanted to work for NASA like a lot of young kids,” he said with a laugh.

“But while I was in school to make extra money for rent, I started to work for an organ and tissue procurement company. That’s how I started getting interested in anatomy, dissection, and surgery.”

After that experience, Kolovich decided to pivot and started pre-med classes. Though he graduated with a degree in engineering, he was set on going to medical school.

Kolovich completed his required courses and tests, then began graduate school at The Ohio State University. While he knew he wanted to be in the surgical realm, he was unsure of his area of focus. An encounter with the chair of the school’s orthopedic program changed everything.

“I met with her and she looked at me and said, ‘Greg, you’re an orthopedic surgeon, trust me,’” he recalled. Turns out, she was right. Kolovich started down the orthopedic path and has never looked back. “I was thinking about doing facial or plastic surgery,” he said.

“I’m so glad I didn’t. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Kolovich completed his residency at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, focusing heavily on hand and microsurgery under the tutelage of a mentor, Michael Ruff, MD. He had an immeasurable impact on the young surgeon’s skills and career.

“Dr. Ruff was a mentor to me and he is one of those guys that can do anything,” he said. “He’s a ‘doctor’s doctor.’ I really learned a lot and liked the versatility of microsurgery.”

Kolovich went on to complete a Harvard University fellowship for additional specialty training, studying extensively and working tireless rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I was on call every third day and basically lived at the hospital,” he said. “It’s an extremely intense year and you’re completely focused on learning all you can. I was able to perform thousands of surgeries.”

All of that experience would play an important role in his future success. After completing training, Kolovich started looking at available jobs. While he briefly considered academia, he opted for work in private practice.

“I wanted to build my practice and have more autonomy,” he said. “It fit my personality better. My wife is from Georgia, so that’s where I began looking.”

That’s how he connected with Optim Healthcare, a collaboration between Optim Orthopedics and the physician-owned Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, which offers a number of specializations including orthopedics, spine care, diagnostic, and therapeutic care.

The doctors there offer top quality care in a collaborative atmosphere, which allows them to best serve their patients.

Kolovich decided to join Optim Orthopedics based in Savannah, but also working out of the Brunswick clinic. He specializes in treatment of fractures, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, and traumas. Kolovich also branches out to treat other upper extremities, as well.

He’s happy to have found a place where he is a part of a large network of skilled surgeons with a variety of specialties.

“What I like about Optim is that you have great surgeons who really care about their patients,” he said.

“They’re a very talented group, always striving to use new technology and be on the leading edge of orthopedics. It’s an opportunity for me to bring a new skill set to the table with microsurgery.”

While Kolovich offers the latest in cutting edge surgical techniques, he first explores all non-surgical options – from physical therapy to regenerative medicine including stem cell injections.

“I actually end up spending more time talking people out of surgery,” he said with a laugh. “Unless there’s something glaring like an obvious displacement or fracture, I want to explore all treatment options before thinking about surgery. I trained in China so I have experience with traditional Chinese acupuncture and cupping. All these applications that are thousands of years old can be really effective for patients today.”

 

Hand Conditions

  • Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Nerve Injuries of the Hand
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears

Elbow Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome (Entrapment of the Radial Nerve)
  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Elbow Procedures

  • Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylectomy
  • Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

Shoulder Conditions

  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture (Broken Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear

Shoulder Procedures

  • Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair (Mini-Open, Supraspinatus Tendon-to-Bone Insertion)
  • Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain
  • Subacromial Decompression
  • Biceps Tenodesis
  • Total Shoulder Replacement

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Ratings/Reviews

Dr. Gregory Kolovich was recommended by a dear friend and I had a positive experience under his treatment and care. He clearly didn't disappoint! A big thank you!

good response, fast. Delighted with my several experiences at Optim with Drs. Kolovich and Hope.

Dr.Kolovich was highly recommended to me for my right hand,Dr.Kolovich provided me with outstanding & pleasant care.he explained every detail to me concerning my right hand during my visit, friendly staff and yes I would highly recommend Dr.Kolovich

My experience with Dr. Kolovich exceeded my expectations. He has topnotch skills and extensive experience, and was also sincerely concerned with his patients. I can always feel his vibrant personality and compassion in each visit, consistently, and it is truly a huge help in dealing with my treatment journey while staying positive.

I heard that he's the "go-to" hand surgeon in Savannah and is always recommended by coaches for sport medicine. Making the appointment and the wait time was convenient. Dr. Kolovich was very kind, reassuring and very hands-on. He gave me several nonsurgical options first before a carpal tunnel release surgery. I am confident that it's not necessary as the discomfort has lessened after just getting seen twice. I am very happy that I have made the right decision. Looking forward to my appointment next month.

I had only a short wait and Dr. Kolovich was very efficient. He pinpointed my issue and had an agreeable solution right away. I would highly recommend him!

Successful wrist surgery. A truly positive experience.

He was great loved his energy

Very professional at front desk and efficient wait time is not bad My doctor had always taken time with me and he is very busy

Dr. Gregory Kolovich resolved my mobility and pain issues that weren't able to be resolved by my 2 previous doctors. His treatment and surgery on my wrist was very effective. Thank you Dr. Kolovich.

Marie S.

Dr. Gregory Kolovich was recommended by a dear friend and I had a positive experience under his treatment and care. He clearly didn't disappoint! A big thank you!

Cliff Spiro

good response, fast. Delighted with my several experiences at Optim with Drs. Kolovich and Hope.

Johnnie Davis

Dr.Kolovich was highly recommended to me for my right hand,Dr.Kolovich provided me with outstanding & pleasant care.he explained every detail to me concerning my right hand during my visit, friendly staff and yes I would highly recommend Dr.Kolovich

Vitals Guest

My experience with Dr. Kolovich exceeded my expectations. He has topnotch skills and extensive experience, and was also sincerely concerned with his patients. I can always feel his vibrant personality and compassion in each visit, consistently, and it is truly a huge help in dealing with my treatment journey while staying positive.

sweettooth

I heard that he's the "go-to" hand surgeon in Savannah and is always recommended by coaches for sport medicine. Making the appointment and the wait time was convenient. Dr. Kolovich was very kind, reassuring and very hands-on. He gave me several nonsurgical options first before a carpal tunnel release surgery. I am confident that it's not necessary as the discomfort has lessened after just getting seen twice. I am very happy that I have made the right decision. Looking forward to my appointment next month.

Teresa Andres

I had only a short wait and Dr. Kolovich was very efficient. He pinpointed my issue and had an agreeable solution right away. I would highly recommend him!

Vitals Guest

Successful wrist surgery. A truly positive experience.

Reviewer

He was great loved his energy

Henrie Minish

Very professional at front desk and efficient wait time is not bad My doctor had always taken time with me and he is very busy

Vitals Guest

Dr. Gregory Kolovich resolved my mobility and pain issues that weren't able to be resolved by my 2 previous doctors. His treatment and surgery on my wrist was very effective. Thank you Dr. Kolovich.

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