James F. Holtzclaw, M.D.

James E Holtzclaw, M.D., began his private practice in Savannah, Georgia, following his fellowships abroad. He maintains a strong interest in minimally invasive anterior approaches to hip replacement and complex hip fractures and reconstruction. He also is deeply interested in joint replacement surgery, including hip and knee replacements, as well as revision procedures. He continues to treat all general orthopaedic problems, and a significant portion of his practice involves outpatient procedures such as arthroscopy.

Education & Certifications


  • Duke University
    Durham, North Carolina


  • Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta, Georgia


  • Duke University Medical Center
    Durham, North Carolina


  • AO Trauma & Adult Reconstruction, University Inselpspital
    Bern, Switzerland
  • AO Trauma & Adult Reconstruction, Universtatsklinik Fur Unfallchirurgie
    Innsbrook, Austria


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Director, 2011‑2013
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Association of Georgia
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Georgia Orthopaedic Society

Physician Assistants

Ryan Polsinelli, PA‑C

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Ryan Polsinelli, PA‑C

After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ryan went on to earn his Surgical First Assistant Certificate from the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. He later earned his Master of Orthopaedic Physician Assistant from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as well as his Master of Science in Physician Assistant at South University. Over the past few years, Ryan’s clinicals allowed him to work at various medical facilities in the South, including a rotation here at Chatham Orthopaedics. Through his clinicals, Ryan gained valuable experience in orthopaedics, pediatrics, general surgery, family medicine, internal medicine and more. Ryan is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA).

Lori B. Gaylor, PA–C, MPAS, DFAAPA

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Lori B. Gaylor, PA–C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Lori earned her associate degree in business administration with a minor in psychology from Middle Georgia College and her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant from Medical College of Georgia. In 2001, Lori received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with a pediatric focus from The University of Nebraska. Lori has more than three decades of physician assistant experience and has also worked as a clinical coordinator and assistant professor for South University’s Physician Assistant Program in Savannah.