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Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics

Division Chief

Orthopaedic Sports, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Medical Degree

Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC


Orthopaedic Sports Medicine,  Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

  Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
 Division Chief, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
 Chair, Department Wellness Committee
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgery of the shoulder and knee

UNC Orthopaedics (Carolina Pointe II)
6011 Farrington Road
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

  • ACL Injury
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Patient Reported Outcomes

(see entire list available at PubMed)

Journal Articles

  • Creighton RA, Romeo AA, Brown FM Jr, Hayden JK, Verma NN. Revision arthroscopic shoulder instability repair. Arthroscopy. 2007 Jul;23(7):703-9.
  • Bushnell BD, Whitener GB, Rubright JH, Creighton RA, Logel KJ, Wood ML. The use of suture anchors to repair the ruptured quadriceps tendon. J Orthop Trauma. 2007 Jul;21(6):407-13.
  • Creighton RA, Cole BJ, Romeo AA, Nicholson GP, Lorenz EP. Effect of lateral meniscus allograft on shoulder articular contact areas and pressures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2007 May-Jun;16(3):367-72.
  • Chappell JD, Giuliani C, Garrett WE, Yu B, Creighton RA. Kinematics and emg of landing preparation in vertical stop-jump: risks of non-contact acl injury. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Feb;35(2):235-41.
  • Creighton RA, Cole BJ. Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after shoulder arthroscopy: case report. J Shoudler Elbow Surg 2007 Jan-Feb;16(1):e20-2.
  • Bushnell BD, Byram IR, Weinhold PS, Creighton RA. The use of suture anchors in repair of the ruptured patellar tendon: a biomechanical study. Am J Sports Med 2006;34:1492-1499.
  • Creighton RA, Bach BR Jr., Bush-Joseph CA. Evaluation of the medial elbow in the throwing athlete. American Journal of Orthopedics 2006;35:266-269.
  • Creighton RA, Kindler J, Bach BR Jr. Compartment syndrome following recurrent ankle inversion injury. Orthopaedics 2005;28:703-705.
  • Pearl ML, Romeo AA, Wirth MA, Yamaguchi K, Nicholson GP, Creighton RA. Decision making in contemporary shoulder arthroplasty. Instr Course Lect 2005;54:69-85.
  • Creighton RA. Gender differences in anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Sciences, October 2004.
  • Silver WP, Creighton RA, Triantafillopoulos IK, Devkota AC, Weinhold PS, Karas SG. Thermal microdebridement does not affect the time zero biomechanical properties of human patellar tendons. Am J Sports Med 2004;32:1946-1952.
  • Wakim EP, Creighton RA, Fox JA, Bach BR Jr. Development of an extensive patellar osteophyte following acl reconstruction. J Knee Surg 2004;17:172-174.
  • Karas SG, Creighton RA, DeMorat GJ. Glenohumeral volume reduction in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction: a cadaveric analysis of suture placation and thermal capsulorrhaphy. Arthroscopy 2004;20:179-184.
  • Selected as Best Doctor’s Award, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker for Montana Orthopedic Society, 2018
  • Distinguished Yeargan Family Professor, 2017
  • Best Doctors in America, 2017
  • Selected as a Top Doctor in Chapel Hill, NC by the International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (IAO), 2017
  • AOSSM/ESSKA Traveling Fellowship, European Tour, 2016
  • UNC Health Care and Faculty Physician Award for Carolina Care Excellence, 2015-2016
  • The O’Donoghue Award, 2003
  • William C. Patton Award for Best Resident Teacher, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Medical Honors Society, 1998
  • Dean’s List–The College of William and Mary, 1993

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