For Patients

This review is LONG overdue! Dr. Ellington has incredible knowledge when it comes to foot and ankle and amazing skill with surgery. He explained and took so much time helping me thru my ankle injury (fell down my own stairs). I am 100% going strong working and enjoying life pain free.

- D. M.

Fellowship Trained

  • Foot & Ankle

Clinical Specialties

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Trauma


  • University of North Carolina Charlotte -- Bachelor of Science
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte -- Masters of Science
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine -- Doctor of Medicine
  • Carolinas Medical Center -- Internship
  • Carolinas Medical Center -- Residency, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore -- Fellowship, Institute for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction


  • As an award winning surgeon, with over 20 years of research experience, Dr. Ellington has 16 approved patents and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Ellington is active in teaching orthopedic residents and fellows and also lectures regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Dr. Ellington has extensive experience in research and design of orthopaedic implants, develops novel technology, and is a leader in advanced / newer surgical techniques. All of which are used in the USA and international.
  • Clinical Faculty, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Reviewer for Foot and Ankle International
  • Reviewer for Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Board of Directors -- OrthoCarolina Foundation
  • Board of Directors -- OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI)
  • Research Advisory Committee -- OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI)
  • Team Physician -- UNC Charlotte
  • Team Physician -- Stewart-Haas Racing
  • Team Physician -- Wingate University
  • Team Physician -- Johnson C. Smith University


Specializes in orthopedic foot & ankle reconstruction

Arthritis management of the foot and ankle

Ankle replacement


  • Post-traumatic foot/ankle reconstruction
  • Trauma and acute fracture care of foot/ankle
  • AVN
  • Post-traumatic foot/ankle arthritis treatment
  • Stress fracture foot/ankle treatment


  • Foot/ankle sports medicine/arthroscopy
  • Athletic injuries to foot/ankle
  • Treatment of athletes
  • Cartilage preservation
  • OCD treatment
  • Ligament repair
  • Achilles tendonitis and injury
  • Ankle instability

Forefoot reconstruction

  • Bunion correction
  • Hammertoe correction
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuroma
  • Hallux rigidus


  • Foot fusions
  • Ankle fusions

Arch conditions

  • Flatfoot correction
  • High-arched feet correction

Foot/ankle and lower extremity (tibia) deformity correction

  • Limb Salvage
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Spatial Frame (Ilizarov)

Paralytic conditions/drop foot/deformity

  • Tendon transfers
  • Reconstruction

Congenital foot/ankle correction

Charcot foot/ankle treatment

Other foot/ankle treatments

  • Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Board Certified Surgeon


  • 2018 Invited to international foot/ankle group on infection - 
  • 2017 High-Performance Rating
  • 2017 Complex Aircraft Rating
  • 2016 Cirrus Certified
  • 2016 Private Pilot
  • 2013 Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2011 Reviewer for the Journal Foot and Ankle International
  • 2010 Invited JBJS website creator and editor of the foot/ankle website
  • 2009 Resident Teaching Award, CMC Orthopaedics
  • 2008 AOA Emerging Leaders Program
  • 2008 Basil Boyd Annual Research Award
  • 2007 North Carolina Nano-Biotechnology Research Award
  • 2007 Carolinas Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Resident Research Award
  • 2004 Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society
  • 2004 Richard L. Burton Research Achievement Award, Wake Forest Univ School of Medicine
  • 2004 Highlight Paper AAOS
  • 2003 Highlight Paper AAOS
  • 2003 Highlight Paper OTA
  • 2002 Highlight Paper OTA
  • 2001 Wake Forest University School of Medicine Research Award
  • 2000 Cameron Applied Research Center Excellence in Research Award
  • 2000-2003 North Carolina Medical Association Academic Scholarship, Iredell County


Research Projects In Progress:

  • Outcomes following ankle fracture-dislocations, prospective clinical study
  • Amniox for hallux rigidus, randomized, prospective clinical study
  • Internal brace for ankle instability
  • Outcomes of ZImmer Total Ankle Replacement, prospective 10 year international study
  • Nitinol staples, fusion outcomes
  • Dynanail, TTC fusion outcomes
  • Amniox, peroneal and achilles prospective clinical study

Published Work:

Book Chapters:

  • Appleton Foot and Ankle Trauma, 2011
  • Foot and Ankle Clinics, PIP Correction, vol 16, no 4, 2011
  • Coughlin and Mann, 7th edition, Midfoot and Forefoot Fractures, 2013
  • Orthopaedic Knowledge Update – Lessertoe deformity, 2014
  • Orthopaedic Knowledge Update – Flatfoot reconstruction, 2014
  • Which Surgical Technique produces the best clinical outcomes for a lateral ankle sprain?, 2014
  • What are the surgical and rehabilitative treatment options for an athlete with a combined syndesmotic and lateral ankle sprains?, 2014
  • What are the surgical and rehabilitative treatment options for an ankle sprain with a chondral defect?, 2014

Book Editor:

  • Foot and Ankle Clinics: Subtalar Joint, 2014


  • Administrative Assistant and Surgery Scheduler -- Kelly McNeff
  • CMA -- Lindsay Burke
  • Surgical Asst -- Nicole Norton, CST, CSFA

PA Team

Michael Buscema, PA-C

Michael Buscema, PA-C

Clinical Specialties

Foot & Ankle

Greg Sanders, PA-C

Greg Sanders, PA-C

Clinical Specialties

Foot & Ankle

Kelly Stafford, PA-C

Kelly Stafford, PA-C

Clinical Specialties

Foot & Ankle



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