Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017
Dr. Jason Andersen spent a lot of time on the soccer field growing up. Whether helping his high school or club teams win state championships or playing on the back line for Harvard, soccer held a formative role in his life.
The game also helped steer him to his future calling. As many athletes discover, injuries are as much a part of the game as practices and hard work. Dr. Andersen suffered some injuries over the years and grew close to his orthopaedic surgeon.
Relationships led to becoming a doctor
“I saw the same orthopaedic surgeon in high school for several different soccer-related injuries. Because of the relationship I had established with him, I chose to return to Georgia during college so he could perform my ankle surgery during my junior year,” Dr. Andersen says. “I always admired him, and he was a strong influence in my initial interest in orthopaedic surgery.”
After graduating from Harvard, Dr. Andersen received his medical degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He served an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte.
Dr. Andersen is joining the practice of Dr. Charles Pesson at Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Cartersville at 150 Gentilly Boulevard.
“Dr. Andersen is a great addition to our team in Cartersville,” Dr. Pesson says. “Because he is an athlete, he relates well to patients when they suffer injuries. He knows how important it is to help patients recover and get active again.”
Coming home to Georgia
Growing up in nearby Alpharetta, Dr. Andersen and his wife wanted to stay close to their families and find a medical home with a quality organization.
“I chose Harbin Clinic for a number of reasons. Harbin Clinic has an excellent reputation and a strong foundation. It’s a unique model of an integrated and comprehensive healthcare system,” he says. “I love the opportunity to practice in a growing and thriving town like Cartersville. It’s also close to where my wife and I grew up.”
Caring for the whole community
“I really want to be involved with the community and help take care of the people in Northwest Georgia and Cartersville,” he says. “I’m going to work in tandem with my patients to keep them active and healthy, so they can maintain their physical fitness throughout their lives. It’s exciting to help heal injuries and improve patients’ quality of life.”
Dr. Andersen and his wife, Kristen, enjoy being active outdoors and also love spending time with their young daughter Charlotte.
“Being parents to Charlotte is an adventure, and we really enjoy her,” he says.
When asked one thing people should know about him, a smile crosses his face and he takes a second or two to ponder.
“I’d like people to know that I’m compassionate and caring and truly invested in their well-being,” Dr. Andersen says. “When they come to see me, they are going to have my utmost attention and concern, so that I can help them get better.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Andersen or to learn more about Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Cartersville, please call us at 470-490-6320 or visit our web site at harbinclinic.com/orthopaedics.