Quality & Outcomes


Through our advanced data-collection software system called OBERD, we capture patient-reported outcomes that provide actionable information used to improve care. The data we collect encompasses every aspect of progress in patient care – from recovery to overall quality of life. This data enables us to measure individualized patient improvement, optimize treatment plans, and improve the patient experience at Peachtree Orthopedics.

Understanding our patients’ experience with us – from injury through recovery, is critical so we can continue providing comprehensive, high-quality care. To capture this information, we will be sending you questionnaires via email and text message (from OBERD) prior to and following surgery. We appreciate you taking the time to complete these questionnaires as we partner with you to maximize your recovery and improve overall outcomes.

About the Patient Outcomes Questionnaires:

  • You will complete a set of baseline questions before your procedure that will come from OBERD.
  • Questionnaires will typically be sent to you via email at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years after your surgery date.
  • Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email questionnaire from us.
  • The questionnaires will cover your progress of functional recovery, pain level, and overall quality of life.
  • The questionnaires should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Our Research Goals

Our overall goal is to improve orthopedic care by researching current techniques and exploring new ideas and innovative technologies by:

  • Harnessing data from our large-volume practice
  • Working to develop treatment protocols and algorithms
  • Improving upon the orthopedic surgical technologies in use today
  • Hiring research assistants and nurturing their careers as future doctors
  • Conducting research studies, publishing papers and sharing our knowledge with others


Conducting research studies, publishing papers and sharing our knowledge with others is integral to our mission. Listed below are research studies that may be of interest.

Dr. Fred FINNEY, JR., M.D. | Published Articles

Finney FT, Irwin TA. Recognition of failure modes of lateral ankle ligament reconstruction. Foot and Ankle Clinics. 2021;26(1):137-153.

Gossett TD, Finney FT, Hu HM, et al. Factors associated with new persistent opioid use after ankle sprain: A cross-sectional analysis. Current Orthopaedic Practice. 2021;32(5):432-440.

Singer NV, Saunders NE, Holmes JR, Finney FT, et al. Presence of neovascularization in torn plantar plates of the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints. Foot & Ankle International. 2021;42(7):944-951.

Dr. Letha GRIFFIN | Editor

Letha Y. Griffin, MD. Section Editor, The Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care Book, 6th Edition.

Dr. Jim KERCHER | Published Articles

Kercher JS, Runner RP, McCarthy TP, Duralde XA Posterior Labral Repairs of the Shoulder Among Baseball Players. American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 47, No. 7, 2019

Alexee M, Kercher JS Treatment of full thickness osteochondral defects: Osteochondral autograft or allograft? JAAOS Now. October 2019

James S. Kercher, MD, Xavier A. Duralde, MD, Timothy Griffith, MD, et al. Elbow Injuries in the Adolescent Thrower. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. February 2018

Alexeev M, Kercher JS, Levina Y, Duralde XA Variability of glenoid labral tear patterns: a study of 280 sequential surgical cases

Dr. Scott KIMMERLY | Published Articles, Abstract

Rogozinski Z, Alexeev M, Kimmerly W, Murray H. Management of Periarticular Injuries in Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Patients, GA Orthopaedic Society, 2020

Mehl A, Kimmerly WS. Sports Medicine General Principles. AAOS Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care. 6th Edition. Jones and Bartlett Learning. August 2021. ISBN: 9781284223347

Dr. Walter MCCLELLAND | Published Articles, Book Chapter, Lectures

Walter B. McClelland, Jr, MD, Stephen M. McCollam, MD. Impact of the Current United States Health Care Environment on Practice: A Private Practice Viewpoint. Hand Clinics Journal, Vol. 36, Issue 2, May 2020

Walter B. McClelland, Jr, MD, et al. Misdiagnosis and Radial Tunnel Syndrome: Considering the Distal Biceps Tendon. Southern Orthopaedic Association, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2019

Walter B. McClelland, Jr, MD, et al. Isolated loss of active external rotation: a distinct entity and results of L’Episcopo tendon transfer. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Vol. 27, No. 3, March 2018

Book Chapters: Walter B. McClelland, Jr, MD. (2019). Scapular Fractures. In: Weiss APC (ed). The American Society for Surgery of the Hand Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, 2nd Ed. Chicago, IL, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Lectures: Choosing a Career in Private Practice” Faculty, Residents & Fellows Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, September 2020

Click here for more research by Dr. McClelland.

Dr. Steve MCCOLLAM | Published Article

Stephen M. McCollam, MD, Walter B. McClelland, Jr, MD. Impact of the Current United States Health Care Environment on Practice: A Private Practice Viewpoint. Hand Clinics Journal, Vol. 36, Issue 2, May 2020