Dr. Samuel L. Combs III, M.D., performed the first total joint replacement in Panama City and is the founder of Southern Orthopedic Specialists, P.A. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky and joined the United States Army having served tour a of duty in Vietnam and was later stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Dr. Combs was a Dean's List graduate of Duke University and received his Medical Degree at the University of Kentucky also receiving a Dean's award. His internship was at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, North Carolina. Dr. Combs has been established in private practice in our area since September of 1975.