Medical Directors

Dr. DingleDr. Sean Dingle

After growing up in South Florida, Dr. Dingle attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate education. While there he earned a B.S. degree in Zoology and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He later earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Dingle completed his internship and Orthopaedic residency at Orlando Regional Healthcare System. During his Chief residency year he was selected Resident of the Year from all residents in all specialties. Dr. Dingle is now a clinical professor for the Florida State University Medical School and participates in the education of third and fourth year medical students. He has published articles in The Journal ofBone and Joint Surgery and The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Dedicated to medical leadership, Dr. Dingle has served as both Chief of Orthopaedics and Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He continues to serve on numerous committees committed to improving medical care.

He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery, and a Fellow of The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; a select group of orthopedist from across the United States dedicated to the progress and innovation in the care of hip and knee arthritis.

Dr. Dingle has been a member of the Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center since 2003. His specialty interests include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. He also has extensive training and experience in treating complex orthopaedic trauma.

Sean Dingle, M.D
Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center
6050 Cattleridge Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone: 941-365-0655   •Fax: 941-552-7879

Dr. Derek J. Cuff

Dr. Cuff joined his partners at Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in 2007 with a subspecialty interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Cuff specializes in performing minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures as well as complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction. Dr. Cuff utilizes state of the art surgical techniques to treat the full spectrum of shoulder and elbow problems and performs several hundred procedures each year for these conditions.

In 2012 Dr. Cuff was invited to join the prestigious American Shoulder &Elbow Surgeons (ASES) society. This organization
is comprised of the leading national and international orthopaedic surgeons specializing in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. Admission into ASES society is by nomination only and based on sustained academic and research contributions to the field of shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Cuff is one of only 5 surgeons in the state of Florida to be elected to this society, and he is the only surgeon in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee or Collier counties to be given this honor. Dr. Cuff has a strong interest in clinical and basic science research of the shoulder and elbow. He has published multiple articles in peer reviewed international journals on these topics. Dr. Cuff has received several research awards for his work in this field including the prestigious Charles Neer Award which was presented to him in 2011 by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons for outstanding clinical research.

Dr. Cuff graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency in Baltimore, MD at the University of Maryland Medical System, and a portion of his training was also at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He went on to complete subspecialty fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery in Tampa, FL at The Florida Orthopaedic Institute prior to moving to the Sarasota area. Outside of work Dr. Cuff enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, exercising, and cheering for his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.

Derek J. Cuff, M.D
836 Sunset Lake Blvd, Building A, Suite 205
Venice, FL 34292
Phone: 941-485-1505   •Fax: 941-485-7495

Dr. Garrison Christian

Dr. Christian has been providing  comprehensive health care needs to patients at the Gessler Clinic PA since 2009.  His specialty is Family Medicine/Practice, however for the past 3 years, he has specialized in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Christian speaks English, Spanish and Gujarati.

He earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  SUNY is the only academic medical center in Central New York and is also the region’s largest employer with 9,460 employees. Dr. Christian attended Queens College in Flushing, New York where he obtained a degree in BA in Psychology. He then went on to complete his residency at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, New York.

Garrison Christian, M.D.
Gessler Clinic PA (main clinic)
635 First Street North
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-294-0670