Local surgeon, Baughman, dies in rollover accident


By The Telegram

A prominent local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Michael J. Baughman, was killed Friday from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle rollover accident south of Garden City on Sagebrush Road.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 5:40 p.m. Baughman, 58, was westbound on Sagebrush Road about a mile west of U.S. Highway 83 when his 2008 Ford F150 pickup went off the north side of the road, lost control and rolled, coming to rest in the north ditch. Baughman, who was not wearing a seat belt according to the KHP, was ejected from the truck.

Baughman was transported to St. Catherine Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Baughman opened Sandhill Orthopaedic and Sportsmedicine in Garden City in 1993. He was a graduate of Salina Central High School, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He did his residency at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and later was chief resident there.

Baughman was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in July 1990, became Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1992, was an active member of the American Arthroscopy Association of North America starting in 2000, and was certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2002.

Baughman provided athletic training services for Garden City Community College and many area high schools.

From 1988 to 1994, Baughman served as a member of the GCCC Endowment Association, served on the GCCC Advisory Board for Nursing Education from 1990 to 1993, and has been GCCC team physician for all sports since 1988. He was also team physician for all Garden City High School sports.

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