Excellence in care and service, one patient at a time.
It's our mission and no matter what the condition, we have physicians and specialists ready to provide the finest orthopedic care for the families of our region. Our highly trained physician staff, comprised of orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and physician assistants, bring this mission to life through the values our company was founded on.
So, wherever you may be, seeing a physician or a nurse, engaged in physical therapy or having an MRI, OrthoCarolina is there to provide the highest quality care possible.
A Rich History
Formed in 2005 by the merger of Charlotte Orthopedic Specialists and Miller Orthopaedic Clinic, OrthoCarolina is one of the nation's most comprehensive orthopedic practices. With a staff of over 100 physicians and 1,000 employees, OrthoCarolina provides advanced specialty care and general orthopedics, supported by physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, advanced imaging, an occupational medicine program and orthopedic urgent care centers.
For more than 80 years the predecessor groups of OrthoCarolina, Charlotte Orthopedic Specialists and Miller Orthopedic Clinic, provided the highest quality orthopedic care to patients in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. In the 1920s, Dr John Stuart Gaul, grandfather to our current Dr. Gaul III, pioneered an orthopedic practice in Charlotte, NC rehabilitating wounded soldiers from WWI, and earning a General Washington Offices Award of Merit for his dedication. Nearby, Dr Oscar Lee Miller, a former school teacher and future president of AAOS, was also starting a practice that
would grow to become the Miller Clinic.
During the 40s, prior to the development of the polio vaccine, Drs. Miller and Gaul worked to manage and treat the effects of polio throughout North Carolina, and share the knowledge and techniques with others, locally and internationally. Both practices continued to grow through the 50s, and in 1955 a third orthopedic group,
the Charlotte Orthopedic Clinic (COC), was established resulting in 17 orthopedic surgeons in Charlotte and the surrounding communities. With the help of Gaul Orthopedic, the 70s brought the start of a residency training program at Charlotte Memorial (now CMC), as well as the first surgeries at the Orthopedic Hospital of Charlotte. However, despite the development, at the end of the decade there were still less than 25 orthopedic surgeons in the community.
The expansion continued into the 90s as the practices strengthened ties with community hospitals, while simultaneously striving to remain independent. Gaul Orthopedic opened the Gaul Spine Center (now the OrthoCarolina Spine Center) and in 1993 merged with Charlotte Orthopedic Clinic to form Charlotte Orthopedic Specialists (COS).
In the summer of 2004, leaders of Miller Clinic and Charlotte Orthopedic Specialists came together to discuss joining the two groups, and assess the impact that would have on the groups and the community. The ability to provide comprehensive services, ranging from advanced specialty care to general orthopedics, the increased access for patients, and the opportunity to align strategically around a mission of excellence led the groups to merge in January 2005, creating OrthoCarolina. OrthoCarolina is well known throughout the country for providing excellence in care and service, one patient at a time. Since 2005 we have seen unprecedented growth through new locations, additional service lines and new providers joining the group, giving patients greater access to care, and OrthoCarolina greater resources to continue growing our comprehensive practice. We are extremely proud of our heritage and our vision for the future, and we look forward to you being part of the legacy of OrthoCarolina.