Excellence in care and service, one patient at a time.

It's our mission and no matter what your condition is, we have the staff ready to provide the finest orthopedic care for the families of our region. Our highly trained group of orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, physician assistants, clinical staff, and physical therapists bring this mission to life through the values our company was founded on. Quality. Service. Community. Teamwork.

OrthoCarolina Values

OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading independent academic orthopedics practices serving North Carolina and the Southeast since 1922. OrthoCarolina provides compassionate and comprehensive musculoskeletal care including operative and non-operative care, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative therapy. Widely known for musculoskeletal research and training, OrthoCarolina physicians have specialized expertise in foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, hand, pediatric orthopedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Over 150 OrthoCarolina physicians see more than one million patient visits throughout western North Carolina each year.

OrthoCarolina. You. Improved.


Bruce Cohen


Dr. Cohen has served in a leadership capacity throughout his tenure with OrthoCarolina, including serving as vice chairman of the Board of Directors and chair of the Operations Committee as OrthoCarolina established itself as a nationally-recognized model for patient success and value-based care.

An innovative thinker, Dr. Cohen has served as Fellowship Director of the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Fellowship and sub specialty chief for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, helping lead foot and ankle innovation and education. He also has acted as a principal investigator in numerous active research projects through the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI).

Dr. Cohen, who will continue his foot and ankle practice when he takes on his position of OrthoCarolina CEO, also is a respected member of national foot and ankle research circles. A past member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Board of Directors, he currently chairs its Education Committee.

Cathie McDonald


Cathie has a diverse healthcare management and clinical background and holds a clinical degree in Respiratory Therapy, and an MBA from Queens University, in Charlotte. With over 35 years of experience in healthcare operations, and management, Cathie joined OrthoCarolina in 2008, following 14 years in large, not-for-profit hospital systems, 5 years establishing hospital and physician joint ventures for a large for-profit cardiovascular health care company, and six years as owner and CEO of an air ambulance company, and Director of Emergency Transportation for Piedmont Aviation.

Cathie has held a number of leadership positions during her tenure with OrthoCarolina and has served as the companies COO since January 2016. Cathie serves as one of the executive leaders on OrthoCarolina's Operations and EC Committees and was instrumental in leading the implementation and merger of 10 independent orthopedic groups into OrthoCarolina, as well as on-boarding over 100 physicians and mid level providers. Cathie is responsible for integrating OrthoCarolina’s strategic plan into the daily operations and currently oversees clinic operations at 30 locations throughout North and South Carolina.


Chief Financial Officer of OrthoCarolina (since 2006); former senior executive with both private and public company experience within multiple sectors including healthcare (hospital and medical group), retail and manufacturing during period from 1986 – 2006. Brent received his degree in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University.