Published on 7/31/2019


Dr. Walter Shelton, a true visionary leader and one of the founding partners of Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (MSMOC), is retiring on August 30. Please join us August 16 at our new Flowood campus from 4-8 p.m., located at 4506 Lakeland Drive, as we celebrate his renowned career.

Dr. Shelton’s vision in 1984 was to create a subspecialized clinic where every doctor specializes in and only treats one specific body region. Dr. Shelton and the other founding partners believed if you focus on one body region then you become very competent and a better surgeon. I don’t think anyone can argue with the results of that vision.

Under Drs. James Manning, Gene Barrett and Shelton, Mississippi Sports Medicine grew into the largest orthopaedic provider within Mississippi, with 17 sub-specialized physicians, six clinic locations, soon- to-be three urgent care locations, three physical therapy centers, two sports performance centers and, with the opening of the new ambulatory surgery center in Flowood, the southeast’s largest state-of-the-art orthopaedic surgery center.

The new Flowood surgical center is a culmination of Dr. Shelton’s vision. Although he is retiring as the center opens, he is humbled by what his original vision in 1984 has created.

Dr. Shelton adds, “Yes, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished, but the true accomplishment is the level of care that we’ve been able to provide for the state over the years.”

Dr. Shelton was born and raised in Charleston, Mississippi. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University, he entered medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson and received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1974.

Dr. Shelton’s professional training in orthopaedic surgery includes a one-year general surgery internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency in 1976 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and in 1980 at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. Shelton completed a fellowship (extra specialty training) in sports medicine and knee surgery through the Berg Sloat Post Graduate Fellowship Program. Dr. Shelton is board-certified in the specialty of orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in knee surgery. In 2007, he served as president of the Arthroscopic Association of North America (AANA).

“Walter’s straight forward and caring demeanor, surgical skill and intellect have created a standard within this institution that has guided all that have followed him,” said Dr. Jason Craft.

From the entire staff at Mississippi Sports Medicine, we invite everyone to stop by our new facility on Friday, August 16, as we look forward to another 35 years of service to the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center is Mississippi’s only full-service orthopaedic sub-specialty practice. A one-stop solution, Mississippi Sports Medicine offers orthopaedic and athletic-related injury, urgent care services, clinical examinations, surgical repair/replacements, rehabilitation and performance sports training. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and equipment alongside the latest procedures, the sub-specialized physicians at Mississippi Sports Medicine guide patients from diagnosis to recovery. is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
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