Expanded Orthopedics Department Aims to Improve Patient Experience

Ortho300X200On January 1, 2017, SVMC Orthopedics opened with a new roster of board-certified orthopedists.

Joining Matthew Nofziger, MD, a member of the SVMC medical staff since 2004, is Jonathan Cluett, MD; Suk Namkoong, MD; and James Whittum, MD, all of whom previously practiced at Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshire in North Adams, MA (bios below).

Operating out of a newly renovated office space, SVMC Orthopedics is poised to exceed the orthopedic needs of the community in terms of quality and level of patient-focused care.

“This expansion is important and essential to the SVHC mission to provide exceptional care,” says Dr. Cluett. “Not only will we be able to see patients in a more timely manner, we’ll be able to provide them with new treatment and surgical options.”

Among the priorities the orthopedic team is implementing is a truly patient-centric approach to care. 

Cluett explains, “Our goal is to provide the best continuum of care to patients from the first appointment to any post-acute care. This means being accessible to patients and referring physicians, decreasing the variability of care, and providing the highest quality care and treatment options possible.”

Services offered by the team include anterior hip replacement, knee replacement, and shoulder replacement. 

Cluett notes, “In the past, patients often had to travel an hour or more to receive these types of procedures. We now have several providers who can provide those services here, allowing the patient to receive comprehensive care from one facility and have the luxury of being close to home.”

In addition to the new surgical procedures, the orthopedic team will continue to offer care and management of sports injuries, arthritis, fracture management, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic surgery, and surgeries on hands, wrists, feet, elbows, and ankles.

Dr. Jonathan Cluett

CluettJonathan140WDr. Jonathan Cluett studied biology at Williams College, graduating cum laude in 1996. He studied medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, graduating with his medical degree in 2000. Dr. Cluett completed a 5-year residency in orthopedic surgery at George Washington University Hospital  in Washington, DC, followed by a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship with the Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group in California.

Dr. Suk Namkoong

NamkoongSuk140WOriginally from Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Suk Namkoong attended Princeton University for his undergraduate education, earning a bachelor of science in 1994. He went on to earn his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1998. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was awarded Resident of the Year. He also received fellowship training in sports medicine at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases from 2003 to 2004.

Dr. Matthew Nofziger

NofzigerMatthew2016140WA native of Indiana, Dr. Nofziger received his undergraduate education at Goshen College in Indiana and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, a residency at Fort Wayne Medical Center in Indiana, and a fellowship at Nirschl Orthopedic Clinic in Virginia.


Dr. James Whittum

WhittumJames2016140WDr. James Whittum graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with an undergraduate degree in biology in 1984. He attended Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where he received numerous honors and awards for his academic achievements. Dr. Whittum completed a 4-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago from 1990 to 1994.