Orthopedic Center – Trauma and Fracture

Specialties Orthopedics Trauma and Fracture


Thomas M. Jones, MD

Kevin A. Murr, MD

Michael C. Tucker, MD

Advanced practice providers

Brittany Buchanan, NP

Patrick Todd, NP

Michael Richards, PA

About our team

Our trauma and fracture care team at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center includes two fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeons. We specialize in the surgical treatment of critically injured patients and their associated fractures, providing the full spectrum of orthopedic trauma care to our patients. 

In addition, we are committed to training the next generation of orthopedic surgeons. Our surgeons are educators in the Department of Orthopedics at the USC School of Medicine as well as mentors for the residency program. We also provide orthopedic trauma education and serve as staff for the resident physicians from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center orthopedic surgery program.

Dr. Michael Tucker serves as an attending physician and director of orthopedic trauma services at Palmetto Health Richland, the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level I trauma center in the Midlands and one of only two in the state. Dr. Thomas Jones is a member of the Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (AO/ASIF) of North America and serves as faculty at AO/ASIF resident education courses. He also is an attending physician at Palmetto Health Richland.

In addition to the full spectrum of orthopedic trauma care, we focus on:

  • Complex periarticular fractures
  • Pelvis and acetabular fractures
  • Post-fracture deformity correction
  • Nonunion repair

Research initiatives

We have several ongoing research projects exploring ways to improve surgical techniques and the quality of life of our patients.

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About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.

Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded in late 2019 and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health-USC Medical Group