Thomas K. Fehring, MD

Thomas K. Fehring, MD

Education

  • Wake Forest University -- Bachelor of Science
  • University of Texas Medical Branch -- Doctor of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center -- Internship
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center -- Residency
  • New England Baptist Hospital -- Fellowship, Adult Reconstructive Surgery

  • President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons in 2013 and President of the Knee Society in 2014
  • Co-Director of the OrthoCarolina Charitable Foundation that supports educational initiatives locally and internationally
  • Invited speaker to the Musculoskeletal Infection Society meeting in Charlotte, July 2016
  • Chairman of the combined Knee Society and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeon regional meeting being held in Charlotte, May 20, 2016
  • Director, Adult Reconstructive Fellowship OrthoCarolina
  • Director Transitional Care Unit - Charlotte-Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Membership Committee Hip Society
  • Membership Committee American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Board of Directors, Knee Society
  • Board of Directors, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Board of Directors, Heineman Medical Research
  • Founder, Doc Martin Sports Medicine Enhancement Foundation - Wake Forest University
  • Director, OrthoCarolina Charitable Foundation

Practice

  • Specializes in surgery for arthritis of the hip and knee
  • Specializes in primary total knee replacement
  • Specializes in primary total hip replacement
  • Specializes in revision total knee replacement
  • Specializes in revision total hip replacement
  • Specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Board Certified Surgeon

  • The Hillman Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University Orthopaedic Department, May 2016
  • The John Insall Visiting Professor Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, April 2016
  • Presentations at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting.  Presentation titles include: “The Most Important Things that I do to avoid Infection”, “Custom Triflange is Best for Revisions with Massive Bone Loss”, “Prevention and Management of Instability in TKA”, “Failed MoM: Current Diagnostic Algorithm and Guidelines”, “Leadership 2.0:”, “Goal Setting”, “Fighting Inertia”, “Maintaining Balance while Leading” as well as Moderator for the case presentation course entitled “Management of Infected Total Joint Arthroplasty in 2016 – Where do we stand now?”  
  • Member of the Hip Society -- Dr. Fehring is the only member from the Charlotte area.  There are only 100 members worldwide
  • Member of the Knee Society -- Currently the Vice-President, there are only 100 members worldwide.  Only 40 surgeons are members of both organizations
  • Founding member of the International Congress of Joint Reconstruction
  • Founding member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member of the Mecklenburg Medical Society

Awards

  • Winner of a major grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation to study infection in total joint replacement
  • Named Physician of the year at Charlotte Orthopaedic Hospital in 2010 and in 2011 named Physician of the Year by OrthoCarolina
  • Business NC Magazine’s Top Doctors 2015
  • Received a 2015 Top Achievement by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named a 2014 Top Doctor - Charlotte Business Journal
  • Named a 2013 Top Doctor by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named to the list of 'Best Doctors of 2013' by Business NC Magazine
  • Named by US News & World Report as a Top Doctor (story)
  • Top 26 Knee Surgeons in the US, 2012 (story)
  • Named as one of 'Charlotte's Best Doctors 2012' -- Charlotte Business Journal
  • Named to the list of 'Best Doctors of 2011' by Business NC Magazine
  • 2010 Physician of Year -- Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital
  • John Insall Award for outstanding paper, “Control-Matched Evaluation of Patellar Crepitus After Total Knee Arthroplasty -Presented by The Knee Society, 2010
  • Chitranjan Ranawat award for outstanding paper, “Fate of Two-Stage Reimplantation After Failed Irrigation and debridement for Periprosthetic Knee Infection - Presented by The Knee Society, 2010
  • James A. Rand, MD Young Investigators Award for most outstanding paper in the area of arthroplasty research, “Success of Modern Cementless Femoral Components in Young Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Total Hip Arthroplasty and Hip Resurfacing. Do the Results Justify Hip Resurfacing?”(senior author) - Presented by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, 2008
  • Mark Coventry Award for outstanding paper, “Polyethylene Sterilization and Wear-Related Failures with PFC Total Knees” - Presented by The Knee Society, 2006
  • Mark Coventry Award for outstanding paper, “Factors Influencing Wear and Osteolysis in PFC Modular Total Knees” - Presented by The Knee Society, 2003
  • Chitranjan Ranawat Award for outstanding paper, “A Comparison of Articulating vs. Static Spacers in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty for Sepsis” - Presented by The Knee Society, 2000
  • Winner of the 1975 NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Athletics and Academics
  • Atlantic Coast Conference Academic All Conference, 1974

Patents

  • United States Patent, US2007080796, “Mobile/Fixed Prosthetic Knee Systems”, Fehring et al.. Date of patent: September 10, 2007
  • United States Patent, US 6,773,520 B1, “Enhanced Biocompatible Implants and Alloys, Fehring, et al. Date of patent: August 10, 2004
  • United States Patent, US 6,539,607 B1, “Enhanced Biocompatible Implants and Alloys”, Fehring, et al. Date of patient: April 1, 2003
  • United States Patent, US 6,187,045B1, “Enhanced Biocompatible Implants and Alloys”, Fehring et al. Date of patent: February 13, 2001

 

Research

  • Author of 106 peer-reviewed publications, more than any other joint replacement surgeon in North or South Carolina
  • Study highlights failure rate of irrigation debridement for periprosthetic infection
  • Bisphosphonate Fractures as a Cause of Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Joint Replacement Access in 2016: A Supply Side Crisis. Journal of Arthroplasty, December 2010: 1175-81. (Epub 2010 Sep 25)
  • Early Failure of Articular Surface Replacement XL Total Hip Arthroplasty.J Arthroplasty. 2011 May 6.  
  • Mortality Following Revision Joint Arthroplasty: Is Age a Factor? Orthopedics 33(10) , October, 2010; 715.
  • Impact of the Economic Downturn on Adult Reconstruction Surgery: A Survey of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Journal of Arthroplasty 25(7), October 2010; 1005-14.
  • Control-matched Evaluation of Painful Patellar Crepitus after Total Knee Arthroplasty. The John Insall Award. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2010, August 13. (Epub ahead of print)
  • Lower Extremity Joint Kinematics during Stair Climbing in Knee Osteoarthritis. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010, Aug 2 (Epub ahead of print)
  • Fate of Two-stage Reimplantation after Failed Irrigation and Debridement for Periprosthetic Knee Infection. The Chitranjan Ranawat Award. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2010, June 26. (Epub ahead of print)
  • Reduced Articular Surface of One-piece Cups: A Cause of Runaway Wear and Early Failure. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 468 (9), September 2010, 2328-32.
  • Early Failures in Unicondylar Arthroplasty, Orthopedics 33 (1), Jan. 2010, 11.
  • Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: Surgical Techniques, J Bone Joint Surg 91-A (Suppl 5), Aug. 2009, 69-71.
  • Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Preoperative Evaluation, J Bone Joint Surg 91-A, (Suppl 5), Aug 2009, 64-68.
  • Component Implantation, J Bone Joint Surg 91-A, (Suppl 5), 91-A, Aug. 2009, 13-14.
  • Stem Fixation in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty, Techniques in Knee Surgery, Vol 8, (3), September, 2009, 161-165.
  • An Outstanding Scientific Knee Paper from the Specialty Societies, J Bone Joint Surg 91-A, (Suppl 5): 2009, 62-63
  • The Fate of Acute Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Periprosthetic Knee Infections Treated by Open Debridement and Retention of Components, Journal of Arthroplasty 24, (6), Suppl 1, September 2009, 101-104.
  • Microbiological, Clinical and Surgical Features of Fungal Prosthetic Joint Infections: a Multi-institutional Experience”, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 91-A, Suppl 6, 2009, 142-149.
  • Web Commentary on Mobile and Fixed-Bearing (All-Polyethylene Tibial Component) Total Knee Arthroplasty Designs: A Prospective Randomized Trial, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, www.jbjs.org, September 2009.
  • Cementless Femoral Components in Young Patients: Review and Meta-Analysis of Total Hip Arthroplasty and Hip Resurfacing. Winner of Rand Award, Journal of Arthroplasty, Vol 24, (6), Suppl 1, September 2009, 2-8.
  • Why Do Revision Total Hip Arthroplasties Fail? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 467, January 2009, 166-173.

 

Team

  • Clinical Team: Myra Courtney, CMA & Nikki Smith, RMA
  • Test/Surgery Scheduler: Brad Joyce
  • Medical Administrative Assistant: Jean Dehner

PA Team

Fellowship Trained

  • Hip & Knee

Clinical Specialties

  • Hip & Knee