OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading independent academic orthopedics practices serving 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 300 OrthoCarolina providers see more than one million patient visits across North and South Carolina each year. We are proud to be both physician-owned and physician-led.

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OrthoCarolina by the Numbers

Our Purpose

Make Lives Better

Our Values

Quality, Service, Community, and Teamwork

Our Credo

OrthoCarolina is a world-class organization of professionals from the community, serving the community, in order to advance our community.

We commit to improving the lives of all we serve, by providing premier patient care and compassionate, personalized service.

Through innovation, education, and research, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your best you.

Our Team Promise

Our team is our greatest asset and the foundation of our success; we share a common passion for making lives better.

We are a diverse group of individuals, accountable to each other through the backbone of our beliefs: trust, honesty and mutual respect; ensuring our voice is heard.

Our positive environment supports individual growth and a sense of belonging.

Leadership Team

Bruce Cohen, MD
Bruce Cohen, MD


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, he has served as Fellowship Director of the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Fellowship and subspecialty 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). He is currently serving as the Chief of the Foot and Ankle Division at Carolinas Medical Center.

Dr. Cohen, who continues to see patients through his foot and ankle practice while active as the OrthoCarolina CEO, is also a respected member of national foot and ankle research circles. He is a member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Board of Directors, and currently serves as its Vice-President.

Sarah Jacobs
Sarah Jacobs

Chief Counsel

Sarah Jacobs oversees OrthoCarolina’s legal affairs, as well as its corporate compliance, privacy and risk management programs. She also provides guidance in the areas of corporate governance, transactional matters and healthcare regulatory issues. Sarah joined OrthoCarolina in 2018 and brings many years of experience assisting clients in the healthcare industry with a wide range of transactional, operational, and regulatory matters. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Cathie McDonald, MBA
Cathie McDonald, MBA


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 healthcare 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 10 years with OrthoCarolina, serving as a Director, then Vice President and for the last 3 years as COO. 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.

Brent Shear
Brent Shear


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 a period from 1986 – 2006. Brent received his degree in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University.

Virginia Casey, MD
Virginia Casey, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Leo Spector, MD
Leo Spector, MD

Chief Quality Officer

Yates Dunaway, MD
Yates Dunaway, MD

Chief Clinical Officer


-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

-UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE All urgent care locations are closed 

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