Timothy N. Taft, MD

Max N. Novich Professor of Orthopaedics

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • BS: Princeton University
  • MD: University of Missouri
  • Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Selected Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
  • Medical Director, Special Olympics World Games, 1999
  • Team Physician: Olympic Games, Track & Field Venue, 1996; US Swimming Team, World Junior Championships, 1995; USA Basketball Team, Jones Cup, 1994; USA Basketball Team, World Championships, 1990; USA Basketball Team, Good Will Games, 1990;
  • Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine; Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research; Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  • Laurel Wreath Award, State of North Carolina
  • Distinguished Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor
  • Distinguished Young Physician Award, University of Missouri Alumni Association
  • Nathan A. Womack Scholar Award for Outstanding Chief Resident in Surgery, University of North Carolina
Clinical Interests
  • Sports Medicine
Research Interests
  • Arthroscopy and knee problems
Academic Appointments
1973-present Team Physician; Varsity Sports, University of North Carolina
1974-1975  Instructor of Surgery (Orthopaedics); UNC School of Medicine
1975-1981 Assistant Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics); UNC School of Medicine
1981-1989 Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics); UNC School of Medicine
1987-present Adjunct Professor of Physical Education; University of North Carolina
1988-present Max M. Novich Professor of Sports Medicine; UNC School of Medicine
1989-1996 Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics); UNC School of Medicine
1993-present Director; Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina
1996-present  Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine
Selected Publications (see complete link at PubMed)