Stephen M. McCollam, M.D., joined Peachtree Orthopedics in 1988. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in hand surgery.
- Upper Extremity Surgery
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Dr. McCollam is a New Orleans native who earned his B.A. (cum laude) from Tulane University in 1978 and his M.D. from Tulane with honors in 1982. He completed his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also completed additional training in hand and upper extremity surgery, as evidenced by his fellowship at Indiana University/St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. McCollam received a scholarship as an AO International Upper Extremity Fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland in 1988.
He is a past member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) governing body having served as the Practice Division Director representing the interests of practicing hand surgeons in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. McCollam also served as a content editor for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s Hande learning portal.
Dr. McCollam served on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Specialty Societies as a representative of the ASSH. He was named to chair the Combined BOC/BOS Resolutions committee. Dr. McCollam also serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand.
He has been invited to serve as an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery on multiple occasions, most recently in 2022. He also served as a reviewer for two peer review publications: the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the American Journal of Hand Surgery.
He is the past chairman of the department of orthopedics for Piedmont Hospital and is a past member of its board of directors, having served for six years. He is the past president of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society. Dr. McCollam is also a past president of the Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand. In addition, Dr. McCollam served on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is past chairman of its committee on regulatory and legislative affairs; he also served on the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering board of advisors. He currently serves on the Tulane School of Medicine Board of Governors.
Over the course of the past two decades, he has served in various advisory capacities to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, including most recently as a member of the legislative committee. His humanitarian efforts include volunteering his time at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which he has done since 1989. Click here to read a recent article in “AAOS Now” (the journal of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons) about his inspiring work.
Dr. McCollam is an avid master’s swimmer. He loves to travel with his wife and three daughters and enjoys introducing and teaching students in all levels of orthopaedic and hand surgery.
Fellowships: Indiana University/St. Vincent’s Hospital, hand and upper extremity surgery, Indianapolis, IN; University of Bern, AO International Extremity Fellow, Switzerland
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center, orthopedics, San Antonio, TX
Medical School: Tulane University, M.D., 1982, New Orleans, LA | Graduated with honors
Undergraduate: Tulane University, B.A., 1978, New Orleans, LA | Cum laude
- President of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society Foundation
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Atlanta Orthopaedic Society
- Medical Association of Georgia
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- Georgia Orthopaedic Society
- Georgia Society for Surgery of the Hand – Board of Directors
- American Orthopaedic Association (a leadership organization composed of orthopedic surgeons both nationally and internationally)
- Grady Hospital – Member of the teaching faculty since 1989
- Georgia State University – Orthopedic hand consultant
ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr. McCollam Wins GOS Award
Dr. McCollam was awarded the 2020 F. James Funk Award from the Georgia Orthopaedic Society for his humanitarian work in Haiti. Click here to read more about this prestigious honor.
Message from a Grateful Parent
The parent of a recent patient of Dr. McCollam’s took to social media to express her gratitude for his expertise in treating her son.
Dr. McCollam Submits Winning Research Grant
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has announced that the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) has won a $25,000 matching “BOS Quality and Patient Safety Action” grant. The ASSH will match this grant, bringing the total award to $50,000. In conjunction with Rob Kamal, M.D., Stephen McCollam, M.D., co-chair of the ASSH Quality Metrics Committee, submitted the winning grant, titled “Developing Quality Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”
This project will help create performance measures relevant to gaps in care based on CPG recommendations with the goal of submitting these measures to CMS for use in quality reporting.
Dr. McCollam Named 2022 Top Doctor by Castle Connolly
Dr. McCollam has been chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. Castle Connolly identifies Top Doctors based on an extensive nomination process. The national physician-led research team reviews and rigorously screens all nominated physicians before selecting those regarded as the most outstanding healthcare providers in the country. Dr. McCollam has been named a top hand orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta from 2010-2022.
Dr. McCollam Chosen as Vitals "Top 10 Doctor"
“Top 10 Doctors” are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals.com each year and are willing to share their experience and ratings. Vitals bestows doctors who consistently receive top ratings from their patients with a “Top 10 Doctors” Award.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. McCollam has been designated as a “Top 10 Doctor.”
Vitals is a doctor review site, providing comprehensive information on doctors to help patients make the best medical decisions. Patients are able to find and review doctors on Vitals.com. Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients provide online feedback about their doctor experiences. Vitals has analyzed these patient-provided ratings in order to identify those physicians who are rated the highest by their patients and stand out for their extraordinary care.
Of the nation’s 870,000 active doctors, Dr. McCollam is among the top 1 percent who have received this honor from their patients.
Dr. McCollam Honored by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review
Dr. McCollam has been recognized by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. He is listed among the top 45 hand and upper extremity surgeons in the U.S. Click here to read more.
Dr. McCollam Honored in Georgia Trend Magazine
Dr. McCollam was also honored as a “Healthcare Hero” in Georgia Trend magazine. This distinction was awarded to him for his charitable work in Haiti following the devastating earthquake, and for his long history of dedication to the country. Click here to read the Georgia Trend article honoring Dr. McCollam as a Healthcare Hero.
Dr. McCollam Visits Capitol Hill
Dr. McCollam visited Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to meet with key members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to discuss the results of recent AAOS study on imaging self-referral.
Click here to read more about his visit, which included meetings with Senators Cardin (D-MD), Portman (R-OH), Nelson (D-FL), Enzi (R-WY), Isakson (R-GA), Crapo (R-ID), and Grassley (R-IA). He also had lunch with Representative Shimkus (R-IL), who is on the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main committees which has jurisdiction over in-office ancillary services.
Dr. McCollam Lectures in Biomedical Engineering Department at Tulane
The Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences (CAMS) at Tulane University is an interdepartmental initiative that originated from the remodeling and expansion of the former human anatomy lab housed in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. CAMS’ main lab offers a unique human cadaver dissection experience to undergraduate and graduate students from the nine departments associated with the School of Science and Engineering (SSE).
Recently Dr. Steve McCollam, a SSE Board of Advisors member, introduced a suite of Stryker surgical equipment into the anatomy lab. Dr. McCollam demonstrated several techniques to Tulane biomedical engineering and other SSE students during a campus visit. He is a New Orleans native who earned his B.A. (cum laude) from Tulane University in 1978 and his M.D. from Tulane with honors in 1982.
Dr. McCollam Named 2020 Patients' Choice Award Winner
Peachtree Orthopedics’ Stephen M. McCollam, M.D. was among the select few physicians honored with the 2020 Patients’ Choice Award. In fact, of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent consistently received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals.com, qualifying them for this honor.
Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients’ Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.
Dr. McCollam Visits State Capitol
Dr. Stephen M. McCollam had the honor of visiting the State Capitol on behalf of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society and speaking to both the Senate and the House, thanking them for working hard to protect the doctor/patient relationship.