SVMC and Dartmouth expand orthopedic services

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SVMC and Dartmouth expand orthopedic services

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians have expanded their orthopedic practice, located at 332 Dewey Street in Bennington, with the addition of three outstanding orthopedists. Beginning January 1, 2017, patients with painful joints, complex fractures, and sports-related injuries will find greater access to an exceptional physician group, enhanced services, and a renovated office environment at SVMC Orthopedics.

The new orthopedic physicians include: Jonathan Cluett, MD; Suk Namkoong, MD; and James R. Whittum, MD. Together, they were in practice at Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshire, in North Adams, Massachusetts. They join Matthew Nofziger, MD, who has been on the medical staff at SVMC since 2004. All four physicians are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

“Drs. Cluett, Namkoong and Whittum are extremely talented, board-certified orthopedic physicians,” stated Dr. David S. Jevsevar, MBA, Chair of Orthopaedics and Vice President of the Orthopaedic Service Line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. “Teamed with Matt Nofziger, their patient-centered approach and stellar outcomes will enhance the clinical excellence of SVMC Orthopedics creating an all-star unit.”

The SVMC Orthopedics team is trained in the management of problems including sports injuries and arthroscopic surgery, arthritis care and joint replacement, fracture management and orthopedic emergencies. They use the latest in both surgical and non-surgical techniques combined with a customized rehabilitation program, helping patients get back to living an active, pain-free life. SVMC Orthopedics performs complete joint replacements; minimally invasive surgeries; rotator cuff repair; surgeries on hands, wrists, feet, elbow and ankles; and arthritis care. SVMC Orthopedics welcomes new and existing patients from the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

Thomas A. Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care commented, “Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is extremely delighted to have Drs. Cluett, Namkoong, and Whittum join our orthopedics team. Growing our health system’s orthopedic group has been a top-priority, and the addition of these talented physicians increases access and availability for our patients in our regional communities.”

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are engaged in recruiting additional orthopedic providers for the regional practice, and anticipate further growth to the team in 2017. In addition to the new physicians, the SVMC Orthopedics office in Bennington will undergo a significant renovation, including updated patient rooms, a new waiting area and patient-friendly entryway, and an upgraded in-office procedure room. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 802-442-6314 or visit

SVMC Orthopedics Physician Bios:

Dr. Jonathan Cluett is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He studied biology at Williams College (Williamstown, MA), graduating cum laude in 1996. He studied medicine 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.

Originally 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. Dr. Namkoong 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. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

A 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. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  In addition, Dr. Nofziger played division II baseball while attending Goshen College.

Dr. 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. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1996.

About Southwestern Vermont Health Care:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

Source: BENNINGTON, VT—November 14, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center