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UNC Orthopaedics /Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Dates: August 1st through July 31st

Program Training Director: R. Alexander Creighton, MD

ROC Site Director: Edwin Cadet, MD

Number of Fellows: Two (ACGME accredited)

UNC Orthopaedics ACGME Program Number: 2683626133

ROC sports medicine

Program Description: The fellowship is a joint program between UNC Orthopaedics and Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) and will enable fellows to receive training in both an academic tertiary center and high volume private practice. The program will graduate 2 fellows per year and it is a one year program. The first recruits are anticipated in the summer of 2019. Dr. Alex Creighton is the Program Director, with faculty Dr. Jeff Spang and Dr. Ganesh Kamath from the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Edwin Cadet is the Site Director at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic with orthopaedists Dr. Bob Wyker, Dr. Joe Barker, and Dr. Marty Isbell. Karen Gilliam is the Program Coordinator. Athletic team coverage includes UNC, NC State, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Clinical Experience:

The goal of the fellowship is to prepare our fellows to be excellent clinicians and surgeons in the expanding field of orthopaedic sports medicine with emphasis on sports injuries and surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

*Arthroscopic and open surgery, including shoulder arthroplasty

*Athletic training room and game/event management

*Prevention and rehabilitation

*Exercise and sports science knowledge and performance

Research Experience:

The fellows will be provided on average one day per week of protected research time. This day is dedicated to scholarly activity so that the fellow can accomplish meaningful research during the year.


Alex Creighton 2011

Alex Creighton, MD, is the Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics at UNC Orthopaedics. A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Creighton completed his residency at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC and his fellowship in sports medicine at RUSH Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. His clinical interests include sports medicine and surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. Read his Faculty Profile here.

Ganesh Kamath 2011

Ganesh Kamath, MD,’s clinical interests include sports medicine and soft tissue trauma of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Kamath is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine where he also completed his residency. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah and currently holds an appointment as Associate Professor with UNC Orthopaedics. Read his Faculty Profile here.

Jeff Spang 2011 Jeff Spang, MD, is a graduate of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Temple University, his orthopaedic residency at UNC, a sports medicine fellowship at University of Connecticut Sports Medicine Program, and a research fellowship in Sports Medicine at Technical University Munich. His clinical interests include sports medicine and soft tissue trauma of the shoulder and knee. He currently holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Orthopaedics and is a member of the North Carolina State Game-Changing Research Incentive Program(GRIP), a collaborative research group based at NCSU and UNC. Read his Faculty Profile here.
Dr. Edwin Cadet Edwin Cadet, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Shoulder and Sports Medicine. He served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. While at Columbia, Dr. Cadet was an attending surgeon on the prestigious and world-renowned Shoulder Service, whom many around the world consider the “birthplace of modern shoulder surgery”. While on the Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine Service at Columbia University, Dr. Cadet also served as the Director of Hip Arthroscopy, was head team physician for the seventeen varsity team sports at the City College of New York, and two regional high schools, and was an integral part of training medical students, orthopaedic residents and fellows. Read his full biography here.
Dr. Joseph Barker

Joseph Barker, MD, is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in Sports Medicine and is a team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State University, and Broughton High School. His areas of expertise include sports medicine, shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration. Read his full biography here.

Dr. William Isbell

William Isbell, MD, is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. His areas of expertise include anthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee with an emphasis on advanced anthroscopic techniques. Read his full biography here.

Dr. Robert Wyker

Robert Wyker, MD, joined Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic in 1987. He specializes in total joint replacement, anthroscopy, shoulder problems and sports medicine. Drawing on his love of sports,he is the Head Team Orthopaedist for North Carolina State University’s athletic department, most particularly the men’s basketball program, and Millbrook High School’s football team throughout his career. He is board certified, a past president of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, and a member of multiple orthopaedic societies. Read his full biography here.


UNC Healthcare Medical Center: Opened in 1952, the main campus at UNC Hospitals has expanded over the years to a 799 bed complex. This includes the Main OR, Bedtower (5th floor home of orthopaedic residents, conferences, and inpatients), Children’s Hospital, new Cancer Hospital, and Neurosciences Hospital. The Ambulatory Care Center with Ambulatory Surgical Center is two blocks south, Spine Center is 2 miles away, and the Carolina Pointe II outpatient clinic is about 4 miles away. See the map of our locations to get the lay of the land.
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic: Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic is Wake County’s oldest orthopaedic practice. Our roots in providing orthopaedic medicine to central and eastern North Carolina can be traced back to 1919, when our original founders, Dr. Hugh Thompson, Dr. Walter Hunt, and Dr. Thomas Dameron opened Wake County’s first general surgery practice with a focus in Orthopaedics, and in 1959, these three surgeons named the practice Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC). Today, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic has 22 board certified orthopaedic surgeons, with advanced training in their respective subspecialties, which include: foot and ankle surgery, hand and wrist surgery, neck and spine surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, total joint replacement, and sports medicine. In addition, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic has two non-operative primary care sports medicine physicians, a physiatrist and a podiatrist, who specialize in the conservative treatment options for orthopaedic conditions, and 22 advanced practice providers. Visit Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s website for more information.

How to apply

Accepting applications: 2019-2020 (Fall 2017)

Match participation: SF Match

ACGME program number: 2683626133

Application deadline: November 1

We accept applications through the Central Application Service (CAS), a service provided through SF Match that distributes applications to training programs. The use of CAS assures that applications are uniform, complete and distributed in an orderly fashion. You must register with the SF Match and pay an additional fee in order to access CAS. Please refer to SF Match for more information.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Karen Gilliam
UNC School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedics
CB# 7055
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
P: 919.966.9071
F: 919.966.6730