Meet the Doctors & Clinical Staff

SOUTHERN ORTHOPEDIC MEDICAL STAFF

Our orthopedic surgeons have extensive training in the proper diagnosis and non-surgical and surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Each of our board certified surgeons* have completed more than 14 years of formal education. Additionally, our surgeons are board certified, a peer-review process wherein orthopedic surgeons demonstrate their expertise in orthopedics by passing both oral and written examinations administered by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. To sustain their orthopedic knowledge and skills as well as to stay appraised of advances in musculoskeletal diagnoses and treatments, our orthopedic surgeons continuously spend many hours studying and attending medical education courses.

Dr. James F. Bruce - Southern Orthopedics CenterJames F. Bruce, Jr., MD

Dr. Bruce was born and raised in Opelika, Alabama. He earned his BS from Auburn, University in 1973 and his MD from Duke University in 1977. His post graduate medical training was completed at the University of Virginia Medical School and included an Internship in General Surgery from 1977-1978, Assistant Resident in Orthopedic Surgery from 1978-1981, Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery from 1981-1982 and a Fellowship in Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine in 1989. 

He obtained Board Certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1986, was recertified in 1997 and 2006. 

Dr. Bruce is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Inc., the Medical Association of Georgia, the McCue Society, the Troup County Medical Society, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the Southern Medical Association. 

He is an active staff member of the West Georgia Health System and the Southern Surgery Center. 

Dr. Bruce performs all aspects of general orthopedics and holds a special interest in knees, hands and sport medicine. 

He is an active member of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange, serving as a Deacon, teaching Sunday school, and singing in the adult choir. Dr. Bruce is a member of the LaGrange College Board of Trustees and is past member and president of the College’s Leadership Council. As a side career, Dr. Bruce raises purebred Beefmaster cattle. He and his wife Debbie have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children – daughter Jaime, a child life specialist at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and son Taylor, a freelance writer in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Dr. Bruce opened the LaGrange, Georgia practice in 1982. He was joined by Daniel K. Guy, MD in 1987, Robert R. Comerford, MD in 1994 and Brain M. Terry, MD in 2001.

Dr. Daniel K. Guy - Southern Orthopedics CenterDaniel K. Guy, MD

Dr. Guy was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised there until his family moved to Murray, Kentucky. He attended Murray State University and graduated with a BS in 1976 and the University of Louisville where he earned his MS in 1979 and MD degree in 1982. He performed his medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where he was an Intern in 1982, an Orthopedic Resident from 1982-1986 and Chief Resident in Orthopedics from 1986-1987. Also during medical school and residency he served in the U.S. Arm Reserves from 1976-1989 where he obtained the rank of Captain in the Medical Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1989. Dr. Guy performed a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland in 1987.

He obtained Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1990 and was recertified in 2001. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1991. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association Medial Honor Society.

He is a member of the Georgia Orthopedic Society and serves on its Board of Directors, is a Charter member of the Georgia Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the Alamo Orthopedic society, the A-O Alumni Association, the Southern Orthopedic Association and the American Medical Association. He is a member of and served as president of the Troup County Medical Society from 1992-1994. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and served as the organization’s president in 2007.

He performs all aspects of general orthopedics and has a special interest in shoulder and hip surgery and sports medicine.

He is an active staff member of the West Georgia Health System and served as a member of its Board of Trustees from 1992-1994 and as the Chief of Surgery from 1999-2004. He is also on the active staff of the Southern Surgery Center. He has served as an Orthopedic Consultant to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappel, Haiti annually since 1997.

He is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange and his outside interests include travel, sports, reading and outdoor activities.

Dr. Guy joined James F. Bruce, Jr., MD in his practice in LaGrange, Georgia in 1987.

Dr. Robert R. Comerford - Southern Orthopedics CenterRobert R. Comerford, MD

Dr. Comerford was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. He attended Chipola Junior College where he did his pre-med studies. He earned his BS degree in 1984 from Florida State University in Tallahssee, Florida, his MD in 1988 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His post graduate medical training was completed at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and included an Internship in General Surgery from 1988-1990 and a Residency in Orthopedic Surgery from 1990-1994.

He obtained Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1997 and was recertified in 2006.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Inc., the Medical Association of Georgia, the Troup County Medical Society, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the Southern Medical Association.

He is an active staff member of the West Georgia Health System and the Southern Surgery Center. He has served as president of the Medical Staff at West Georgia Health System and is currently a State Representative of the Troup County Medical Society.

He and his wife Debbie have been married for 31 years and have two married sons and two grandchildren thus far. He is a Deacon and active member of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange. He enjoys a rural life, helping his son when he is able on their farm. He also has a passion for playing and listening to Bluegrass and Gospel Music.

Interestingly, Dr. Comerford operated a small commercial plumbing business prior to following his life's desire to become a doctor.

He performs all aspects of general orthopedics and has a special interest in spine and sports medicine.

Dr. Comerford joined James F. Bruce, Jr., MD and Daniel K. Guy, MD in their practice in LaGrange Georgia in 1994.

Dr. Brian M. Terry - Southern Orthopedics CenterBrian M. Terry, MD

Dr. Terry was born in Centralia, Illinois. He earned his BS in 1986 and his MS in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and his MD in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His post graduate medical training included an Internship in General Surgery from 1992-1993 at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, a Residency from 1993-1998 in Orthopedics at the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center and a Fellowship from 2000-2001 with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. John Gould at the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

He obtained Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2000 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2000.

He is a member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, Inc., the Medical Association of Georgia, the Troup County Medical Society, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the Southern Medical Association.

His outside interests include waterskiing and sports.

He performs all aspects of general orthopedics and has a special interest in the foot and ankle and sports medicine.

He is an active staff member of the West Georgia Health System and Southern Surgery Center.

Dr. Terry joined James F. Bruce, Jr., MD, Daniel K. Guy, MD and Robert R. Comerford, MD in their practice in LaGrange, Georgia in 2001.

Beth Wieseman Pendergraph, MSPAS, PA-C

Beth Wieseman Pendergraph earned her BS in Biology/Medical Technology from Auburn University and MS in Physician Assistant Studies from South University.

Beth is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), a credentialing organization dedicated to assuring the public that certified physician assistants meet established standards of knowledge and clinical skills. The NCCPA works in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.

Beth works in tandem with the on-staff orthopedic surgeons conducting physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, counseling on preventive health care, assisting in surgery, and writing prescriptions when necessary.

*Board certification is a very important step following completion of the orthopedic training program. To become board certified, an orthopedic surgeon must undergo a peer-review process, and then demonstrate his/her expertise in orthopedics by passing both oral and written examinations given by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. It is important to visit orthopedic surgeons who are either board certified or in the process of becoming certified (board eligible). Because orthopedic surgeons complete a rigorous re-certification process every 10 years, they spend many hours studying and attending continuing medical education courses to maintain current orthopedic knowledge and skills.

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