Arkansas Bone & Joint


Dr. Scott Walsh

Dr. Scott Walsh has been part of Arkansas Bone and Joint since 2007, upon completion of residency training at UAMS.  He originally is from central Arkansas, having graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1994.  After college at Ouachita Baptist University, he attended UAMS for medical school and orthopedic residency training.  He was board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2009, after completing their rigorous requirements.  Dr. Walsh’s practice includes many aspects of orthopedics, including joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma reconstruction, and hand surgery.  While Dr. Walsh does the majority of his surgeries at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, he also has surgical privileges at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern and Arkansas Surgical Hospital in North Little Rock.  Dr. Walsh currently serves as chief of surgery at Saline Memorial Hospital, supervising the daily functioning of surgery department.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Saline Memorial Health Foundation.  He lives in Benton with his wife, Hilary, and their three kids, Hayden, Lochlan, and Barrett.  He and his family are members of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.  He is also a huge Razorback fan, and is a member of the board of the Saline County Razorback Club.  Go Hogs!


Dr. Jerry Lorio

Dr. Jerry Lorio was born and raised in Louisiana, “The Sportsman Paradise,” where he developed a love for the great outdoors. He graduated from Holy Savior Menard High School in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1985. He then attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in 1993. Orthopedic residency training was earned from UAMS, finishing in 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Carl nelson as the Orthopedic Surgery Chairman. In 2002 he received the “Selakovich Award”, a UAMS faculty award for teaching his total joint replacement surgery techniques to UAMS orthopedic residents.

Dr. Lorio splits his time between Arkansas Surgical Hospital and Saline Memorial Hospital. He has a balanced practice in general orthopedic surgery and joint reconstructive surgery, and has passed his Board Certification in both of these areas of interest.

His professional passion is in the field of patient specific knee replacement. He has designed a series of techniques and instrumentation to optimize balancing, alignment and rotation using conventional implants. He believes every knee has a unique design, and a knee replacement should model that design. Each patient is provided with a custom knee replacement based on their size, rotation, alignment and deformity, since implementing this system in 2008, he has seen improved outcomes in motion, stability, return to function, and patient satisfaction. There is also a significant cost savings to the healthcare system, as this technique does not rely on CT, MRI, computer navigation, or custom implants to provide a custom knee replacement. Some of his techniques and instruments have been acquired by a major medical device maker.

He treats patients in a way he would want a member of his family treated and recognizes that it is a team effort among patient, physician, and the hospital: with open lines of communication to achieve the optimal result. His peers enjoy working with him because he “provides a calming presence during difficult surgeries”. He does not participate in the Little Rock Medical Exchange and therefore invites his Arkansas Surgical Hospital postoperative patients to call him directly. He is married to Allison Lorio, a part-time anesthesiologist at Arkansas Surgical Hospital. They enjoy the challenge of raising their four children. They are members of Fellowship Bible Church. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, golfing and running.


Dr. Jason McConnell

Dr. Jason McConnell grew up in Magnolia, Arkansas, before attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to play baseball for the Razorbacks.  There he was a three year starter as a middle infielder.  While playing for the Razorbacks, he tied the record for the number of triples hit during a game and the record for most hits during a single game.   After leading the Cape Cod Summer Collegiate league in hitting following his junior year, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins.  At that time, he elected to leave school and pursue his lifelong dream of playing professional baseball.   

After playing in the Minnesota Twins’ farm system for 3 years, he returned to the U of A and completed his degree in microbiology.  From there, he moved to Little Rock to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where he was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society.   Following completion of medical school, he went on to complete a rigorous five year orthopedic residency program also at UAMS.  During his junior year of residency, he received the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma’s Best Orthopedic Teaching Resident award for UAMS.  Dr. McConnell recently completed the rigorous requirements to attain board certification throught the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

He joined Arkansas Bone and Joint following completion of his residency.  He says the decision to move to the Benton/Bryant area was easy for he and his wife, Laney.  She grew up in Malvern, and after spending the last nine years in Little Rock, they wanted to stay in the central Arkansas area.  After looking at numerous places, they were drawn to the small town feel of Benton/Bryant as well as the excellent school system and other community programs.  They have not been disappointed.  He has two young daughters, Merritt and Mary Charles.

Dr. McConnell enjoys all aspects of his orthopedic practice including shoulder arthroscopy, trauma, hand surgery, and hip and knee replacement surgery.  He feels his extensive sports background helps him relate to patients who are trying return to an active lifestyle.  In his limited spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and most other outdoor activities.  He especially enjoys taking his daughters duck hunting.   He looks forward to getting you back in the game of life.


Dr. B.J. Bailey

Mark S. “BJ” Bailey, Jr., MD, is our newest addition to Arkansas Bone and Joint.  He was born in Harrison, Arkansas. He attended Harrison high school, where he played multiple sports. He was involved in coaching and officiating both soccer and baseball throughout his time in high school and college. He attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas where he played football and he received a Bachelors degree in chemistry.  He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and went on to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at UAMS in 2011.  Dr. Bailey then completed an orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic in Jackson, Mississippi. 

As a sport medicine surgeon, Dr. Bailey has served in may capacities ranging from trainer, to sideline physician, to operating surgeon, as well as educating UAMS residents on how to evaluate sports injuries, and preform the most current arthroscopic procedures and joint replacement techniques.   He has worked with the Harding Academy High School and Harding University Bison football and basketball teams.  He has been a sideline physician for the Arkansas Razorback football team, courtside physician for Arkansas Razorback basketball team, and both the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans men’s and women’s basketball team. During the 2012 football season, he had daily involvement and served as the primary team physician for the Division I Jackson State Tigers.


Dr. Bailey has received numerous awards and scholarships in high school and college. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical school honor Society while at UAMS. He was also the winner of the 26th Annual Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum research presentations and received the UAMS Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Teaching Award in 2011.  He is currently an active member in the American medical Association (AMA), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Association of sports medicine (AAOSM).  From 2011-2013, he served as an assistant professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at both UAMS and the Central Arkansas VA healthcare system in Little Rock, Arkansas, and he still currently serves as an Adjunct assistant professor of orthopaedics and sports medicine at UAMS.