Newton Medical Center announced the certification of Dr. J. Scott Pigg by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

"It lets patients know that you are qualified and have done all your steps," Pigg said. "You're recognized by your peers."

Pigg studied at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City and completed his residency in Wichita. He has been practicing in Newton for about two years and is part of the Newton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine group. He works in the field of joint, hip, knee and hand pain and fracture care.

Passing board certification is an intensive process. Once a physician has been practicing for two years, they are eligible to complete the oral step of boards. Pigg went to Chicago to present 10 surgery cases as part of the certification process.

Board certification is voluntary, though some hospitals do require it. Physicians re-certify every 10 years.

Pigg said he chose to come to Newton Medical Center because he wanted to stay close to Wichita but practice in a smaller community.

He praised the Newton Medical Center community and said he quickly felt at home.

"Its location was perfect, and its reputation was better than any place around Wichita," he said.

Pigg spends his free time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys doing yard work and gardening in his spare time.

For more information about Newton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, contact 283-9977.