Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine was started in 1987 by Ralph Salzer, M.D. He relocated from New Orleans, Louisiana after receiving training at Tulane University. He arrived in Beaufort, South Carolina with the mission to employ concepts and skills he acquired and provide quality orthopaedic care to the people of the Lowcountry.

In solo practice at the time, Dr. Salzer spent endless hours helping the hospital develop the Surgical and Physical Therapy Services as well as Outreach Programs for the surrounding communities. Emphasis was on patient education, utilization of rehabilitation services and recognition of surgical indications with modern applications. This has always been the cornerstone of this practice.

As the practice naturally grew, the search began for well-trained, like-minded orthopaedic surgeons to share their talents and perspectives to enhance this exciting practice.

Mark Dean, M.D. joined Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine Center in 1995, a graduate of Vanderbilt University with Fellowship Training from the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vale, Colorado. Dr. Dean has worked tirelessly expanding the Sports Medicine dimension of the practice and is known nationally as an outstanding shoulder specialist. It was with the coming of Dr. Dean that the practice expanded to a full-time office in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This broadened the ability to reach many more active patients and help them with our special style of practice.

As the service area continued to grow in population and as demographics changed, it became apparent specialty spine services would be in demand. In the year 2000, Scott Strohmeyer, M.D. joined the practice. He is a graduate of Auburn University and South Alabama Medical School with Fellowship Training in spinal surgery from Louisiana State University. Philosophically, Dr. Strohmeyer was a perfect fit for the practice and he is a tremendous asset to the community in providing conscientious and superb spinal care in the most compassionate fashion. His adherence to proper surgical indications and his surgical skills are second to none.

In 2017, Emre Caglayan PA-C joined under Dr. Dean and quickly grew popularity with with both new and established patients to the practice.

The physicians at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine recently welcomed both Carson Sanders, M.D. in 2018 and Douglas Scott, M.D. in 2019 to the medical practice. Together, all of the physicians at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine cover a wide variety of medical care.

Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine Center has always been comprised of moral men who recognize it is a privilege to serve their patients in a respectful, considerate and skillful way.