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Each year, Charlotte magazine releases a list of Top Doctors in Charlotte and we're proud to have 17 OrthoCarolina providers represented as the best in the city. It is our mission to provide quality care and create a healthier community, and one of the ways we do exactly that is by providing our patients with the best possible caregivers. From building relationships to continuously learning and improving, we're proud of the way our providers make lives better in our community each day, but especially today with this recognition from Charlotte magazine.

Meet the 17 OrthoCarolina providers named as 2018 Charlotte magazine Top Doctors:

OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Doctors:

Walter Beaver Jr., MD
Dr. Beaver not only practices at OrthoCarolina’s Hip and Knee Center and at our South Park office, but he serves as Head Team Physician at Hendrick Motorsports. In 2017, Dr. Beaver joined Operation Walk Carolinas to volunteer his services in Cuba where the team performed 51 joint replacements on patients who have little to no access to healthcare. Beyond this award as a Top Doctor, Dr. Beaver was also named one of the Top 26 Knee Surgeons in the US in 2012.

Thomas K. Fehring, MD
Specializing in hip and knee at OrthoCarolina's Hip & Knee Center, Dr. Fehring has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than any other joint replacement surgeon in North or South Carolina. He holds four patents and is the Co-Director of the OrthoCarolina Charitable Foundation, which seeks to support educational programs and improve the quality of healthcare. This is Dr. Fehring’s third Charlotte magazine Top Doctor award and fourteenth overall top doctor award from organizations like US News & World Reports, Business NC Magazine and Charlotte Business Journal.

J. Bohannon Mason, MD
This is Dr. Mason’s fourth time being named to Charlotte magazine’s Top Doctor list. You can find him practicing not only at OC’s Hip and Knee Center but also at our South Park location. Dr. Mason also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Arthroplasty.


“Dr. Mason was highly recommended by several of my coworkers and previous patients. I am so grateful I set up the appointment. He was able to discern the problem immediately.” –D.K.

Bryan D. Springer, MD
Dr. Springer practices at OrthoCarolina’s South Park location and at the Hip and Knee Center where he also serves as Fellowship Director. He is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Operation Walk Carolinas, a private, not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries. Dr. Springer serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Atrium Health - Carolinas Medical Center and has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer across the US. Beyond his 2018 Charlotte magazine Top Doctor award, Dr. Springer has amassed multiple awards throughout his career, including being named as one of the Top 22 North American Knee Surgeons.

Mark D. Suprock, MD
Specializing in hip and knee, Dr. Suprock serves OrthoCarolina’s Huntersville and Mooresville communities. Besides being named a Top Doc, Dr. Suprock was also named Physician of the Year at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville where he served as Chief of Surgery in 2010. Dr. Suprock is currently involved in three studies through the OrthoCarolina Research Institute.

OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute Doctors:

Bruce E. Cohen, MD, CEO
You can find Dr. Cohen practicing at OC’s South Park location and at the Foot & Ankle Institute where he serves as Fellowship Director and specializes in orthopedic foot and ankle reconstruction. In his role as OrthoCarolina’s CEO, Dr. Cohen is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the organization and overseeing the execution of operational plans. Dr. Cohen serves as a Principal Investigator in numerous active research projects through the OrthoCarolina Research Institute, is frequently a faculty member of national and internal academic and orthopedic meetings and serves as Assistant Program Director for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health - Carolinas Medical Center.

Carroll P. Jones, MD
Practicing at OrthoCarolina’s Foot & Ankle Institute and Huntersville locations, Dr. Jones specializes in lower extremity trauma as well as all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Jones is very involved with teaching residents and fellows, and lectures on a regional and national basis. He is currently the lead foot and ankle physician for the Charlotte Ballet and Hendrick Motor Sports. Dr. Jones and his wife Kendall have three young children. He enjoys family time, golf, running, mountain biking and medical mission trips abroad.

OrthoCarolina Hand Center Doctors:

Erika Gordan Gantt, MD
Specializing in hand orthopedics, Dr. Gantt practices not only at OrthoCarolina’s Hand Center but at our Huntersville office. As a member of the Partners in Health Organization, which works to bring the benefits of modern medicine to those who need it most across the globe, Dr. Gantt has participated in mission trips to Haiti in 2012, 2014 and 2015. She also has an active role in organizing, providing health care services and teaching general surgery residents. This is Dr. Gantt’s second year in a row being named Charlotte magazine’s Top Doctor.

Ryan M. Garcia, MD
A blend of talents in orthopedics and plastic surgery make Dr. Garcia uniquely qualified to treat extremity reconstruction including complex scenarios in limb salvage situations for infection, trauma, oncology or unanticipated postoperative complications. Dr. Garcia practices at the OrthoCarolina Hand Center and has published a variety of papers and book chapters. Beyond his recognition as a Charlotte magazine Top Doctors, Dr. Garcia was honored as a
Julius Nevaiser Award of Distinction in Orthopaedic Surgery.

R. Glenn Gaston, MD
Specializing in hand, wrist and elbow surgery, Dr. Gaston practices and serves as Fellowship Director at OrthoCarolina’s Hand Center. Dr. Gaston is part of the NFL Physicians Society and serves on the NFL’s Hand/Wrist/Elbow Subcommittee and as Hand Consultant for the Carolina Panthers. He also serves as Hand Consultant for the Charlotte Hornets, Joe Gibbs Racing Team, Hendrick Motor Sports and Stewart-Hass Racing. Dr. Gaston is heavily involved in upper extremity research and has received numerous honors, including awards from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He lectures regularly at both regional and national upper extremity conferences.

Bryan J. Loeffler, MD
Dr. Loeffler specializes in the entire spectrum of hand and upper extremity disorders from the fingertips to the shoulder and practices at OrthoCarolina Hand Center and South Park. He has a special interest in complex elbow conditions and peripheral nerve injuries. Dr. Loeffler has been awarded multiple research grants to fund various clinical studies as well as a basic science study on biologic solutions to improve rotator cuff healing. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from forearm injuries to shoulder and elbow replacement. Academic honors and achievements range from excellence in surgery to resident teaching award. He has also participated in two international medical missions, providing orthopaedic surgical care in underserved areas. Dr. Loeffler is a former NCAA Division I wrestler at the University of Maryland, and he remains active by running and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

W. Alan Ward, MD
At age 12, Dr. Ward knew he wanted to be a physician. As a youngster, he always enjoyed repairing and building things, so when he realized that orthopedics could fix people, he chose to pursue the field. Today, as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ward specializes in the repair of the hands and upper extremities at OrthoCarolina's Hand Center and Ballantyne. The most rewarding moment in this career came when one of his patients, a child, painted a picture with their “new hand.” When he is not providing advanced surgical techniques or teaching orthopedic residents, Dr. Ward enjoys the beach and triathlon training.

OrthoCarolina Pediatric Doctors:

Virginia Casey, MD
Dr. Casey is versed in all areas of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from simple strains to complex reconstructive hip surgery. Her practice includes newborns, adolescents and young adults. She has a special clinical interest in hip disorders. Dr. Casey, who also serves as OrthoCarolina’s Chief Medical Officer, practices at the Pediatric Orthopedics Center and the Matthews and Monroe offices. Her academic achievements range from awards for outstanding resident research to excellence in academic performance and potential for contribution in the field of medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Casey enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. She stays active by biking and camping.

Christian Clark, MD
Dr. Clark was an adult Orthopedic Surgeon in the Navy for four years prior to completing his Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery. He moved to Charlotte and joined the OrthoCarolina Pediatric team in 2008. He specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics and has a special interest in cartilage and ligament injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients. He commonly performs arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle and practices at OrthoCarolina Pediatric Orthopedic Center, Ballantyne and Pineville. His free time is centered around spending time with his wife, Cynthia and their two children, Alexis and Grant.

Michael D. Paloski, DO, MBA
Having completed advanced specialty training and research in pediatric orthopedics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Paloski now calls Charlotte home and welcomes patients from 18 hours to 18 years old. His medical interests include trauma, spinal deformity, neuromuscular diseases and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Paloski practices at the Pediatric Orthopedic Center and OC’s Huntersville and University locations.


“Dr. Paloski was superb with my 11-month-old and his bedside manner was excellent! Highly recommend him to anyone needing a pediatric orthopedic!!” –Jen B.

Shoulder & Elbow Center Doctors:

Patrick M. Connor, MD
Dr. Connor practices at the OrthoCarolina Shoulder & Elbow Center, Sports Medicine Center and South Park offices. He serves as Team Physician for the Carolina Panthers, Hendrick Motorsports, Charlotte Knights and for two past NFL Pro-Bowls. Dr. Connor serves on the Executive Committee of the National Football League Physicians Society and on OrthoCarolina Research Institute’s Board of Directors. Dr. Connor's expertise has been vital in the evolution of surgical techniques for things such as hamstring ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery, elbow arthroscopy and shoulder and elbow replacement surgery. This marks Dr. Connor’s seventh year being named a Charlotte magazine Top Doctor.

James E. Fleischli, MD
Specializing in knee ligament and cartilage repair and in arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Fleischli practices at OrthoCarolina’s Shoulder & Elbow Center, Sports Medicine Center, South Park and University. Dr. Fleischli serves as Head Team Physician and Orthopaedist for UNC Charlotte, is the Orthopedic Physician for several NASCAR teams and Team Physician for the Charlotte Knights. He is Director of the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Assistant Medical Director for OrthoCarolina Physical Therapy. Dr. Fleischli serves in several Clinical Faculty and Preceptor roles at Atrium Health - Carolinas Medical Center and is active in multiple research projects.

Nady Hamid, MD
Dr. Hamid specializes in treating disorders of the shoulder and elbow. He completed his fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the esteemed Shoulder and Elbow Center at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He also traveled to Nice, France for further training in advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery and complex shoulder reconstruction. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters pertaining to rotator cuff disease, shoulder arthritis, and post-traumatic elbow disorders. He currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He currently serves the role of Lead Physician at the OrthoCarolina Shoulder and Elbow Center and is the Site Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at CHS Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hamid has recently been invited to join the prestigious American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He practices at OrthoCarolina’s Shoulder & Elbow Clinic and OC South Park.


September 14, 2018

Dr. Paloski is the best! From the day my daughter and I meet him March 2017 to discuss scoliosis to her surgery July 2017 to heh final follow up July 2018, he as been warm, caring, and professional. He treats patients as people not a $$. He talks to patient and family on a level they can understand and not all medical terms. He and his team are phenomenal at what they say. I was very thankful we chose him as our surgeon!
- Melissa Stark
Reply From: OrthoCarolina

September 14, 2018

Thank you very much Melissa

July 11, 2018

Dr. Walter Beaver is the best! Currently awaiting second hip replacement in October, after having both knees & other hip replaced in past 2 years! I must quit recommending Dr. Beaver to every suffering person I meet, so I can fit into the surgery schedule! My progress always exceeds those who had other surgeons & his approach to minimize hospital stays is a real plus. I'd be surprised if he weren't on this list of outstanding doctors.
- Marti Sams
Reply From: OrthoCarolina

July 11, 2018

Thank you Marti!

July 10, 2018

Dr. Nady Hamid was recommended by Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on my feet three times. Dr. Hamid and his team are very personable, professional, and knowledgeable. Due to the nature of my shoulder issues I will be seeing him again.
- Connie Jarrett
Reply From: OrthoCarolina

July 10, 2018

Thanks for kind words Connie.