The Southern Orthopaedic Association has awarded Champ L. Baker Jr. with its 2008 Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award.
The award has been given to a standout orthopaedist annually since 1987.
Baker is a staff physician at the Hughston Clinic. He has written a number of scientific articles, edited and co-edited medical textbooks and has made several scientific presentations at national and international meetings.
The local doctor is a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association.
Baker is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Medical College of Georgia and team physician for Columbus State University. His specialties include arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.