Mickey F. Plymale, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, completed his internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, also in New York City. He completed fellowships at the Dr. James Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and the American Sports Medicine Institute, both in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Plymale is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society. He has served as a team physician with Auburn University athletics, Birmingham Barons baseball, the Alabama Ballet Company, University of Alabama ice hockey, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) baseball tournament, Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and Truman High School in New York City. He currently provides care to numerous local middle and high schools throughout the Midlands of South Carolina, is the medical director for APEX Athletic Performance, is head team physician for South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, and is head team physician for the Columbia Fireflies baseball team.
Dr. Plymale was named best doctor by readers of The State newspaper in 2017. He treats patients from youth to the professional level, and his specialties and clinical interests include upper and lower extremity problems including shoulder, hip and knee. He provides care for fractures of the upper and lower extremity, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, meniscectomies/meniscal repairs, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilization procedures, patella instability, joint preservation, cartilage transplantation as well as partial and total knee replacement.