Michael Stonnington, M.D., received his BA with a distinction in Archaeology from the University of Virginia. He then received his medical degree from Duke University while serving in the United States Air Force Reserve. He attained his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Florida. After completing his training, he served on active duty as an Orthopedic Surgeon at Keesler Air Force Base.
While serving in his final years in the Air Force Reserve, he began a private practice career as a partner of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists in Hattiesburg, MS. He was a Founder of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and served as Chief of Staff (twice) and Department of Surgery Chairman. Dr. Stonnington was inducted into the Doctors’ Hall of Fame by the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation in April 2018. He also received the Dr. Philip W. Rogers Quality Award for Leadership at Forrest General Hospital in December 2019.
Dr. Stonnington and his wife Katie, have three children and own a successful beef farm in Perkinston—Stonnington Farm Beef. Stonnington Farm is a sustainable family farm that produces 100% Grass-fed Beef under the ‘Farm to Table’ model.