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.
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Fellowship Trained

  • Foot & Ankle

Clinical Specialties

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Trauma
 

Education

  • 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
 

Bio

  • As an award-winning surgeon, with over 20 years of research experience, Dr. Ellington has 18 approved patents, is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at UNC Charlotte and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Atrium
  • Dr. Ellington is active in teaching orthopedic residents and fellows and also lectures regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Dr. Ellington has extensive experience in the research and design of orthopedic 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 Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • 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
 

Practice

  • Specializes in orthopedic foot & ankle reconstruction
  • Arthritis management of the foot and ankle
  • Ankle replacement
  • Trauma
    • 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
  • Sports
    • 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
  • Fusions
    • 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
 

Awards

  • 2019 Instrument Rated Pilot
  • 2018 Invited to international foot/ankle group on infection - https://icmphilly.com/ 
  • 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

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
          • Which Surgical Technique produces the best clinical outcomes for a lateral ankle sprain? 2014
          • Chapter 15: Nitinol Compression Staples in Foot and Ankle, OCL 50.3 (Campbell Clinic); Unique  Procedures 2019
          • AOFAS – Advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstruction.  Repair of the ruptured Achilles. Jones and Ellington, 2019. Chp 44.

          Book Editor:

          • Foot and Ankle Clinics: Subtalar Joint, 2014

          Instructor at Courses

          1. Medline Course, Chicago, July 2018

          2. Medshape Course, Boston, July 2018

          3. Synthes Course, Memphis, March 2018

          4. Synthes Course, St. Louis, March 2018

          5. Synthes Course, West Palm, Feb 2018

          6. Synthes Course, Atlanta, Feb 2018

          7. Synthes Course, Cleveland, Dec 2017

          8. Synthes Course Knoxville, Dec 2017

          9. Foot Innovate Webinar, Amniox Nov 2017

          10. Synthes Course, Baltimore, Nov 2017

          11. Synthes Course Switzerland, Oct 2017

          12. Synthes Course, Oct 2017

          13. Lisfranc Fractures: Minneapolis Ortho Trauma Mtg, 47th annual, Oct 2017

          14. OC Reunion, Sonoma, Oct 2017

          15. Synthes Course, NYC Sept 2017

          16. Myerson Reunion, Beaver Creek, Feb 2017

          17. Medline Courses Spring and Fall Chicago 2016

          18. Grand Rounds Visiting Professor, Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Dept, Nov 2016

          19. Medline Fellows Course Oct 2016sa

          20. Arthrex Fellows Course Apr 2016

          21. Zimmer TAR Greeneville 2016

          22. Talus Fractures. 46th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MN Nov 2015

          23. Arthrex Fellows Course Apr 2015

          24. Pilon Fractures. 45th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MN, Nov 2014

          25. Arthrex Fellows Course Apr 2014

          26. Wright Medical Young All Stars, NYC. Nov 2014.

          27. Foot Innovate Webinar: Internal Brace. Nov 2014.

          28. Syndesmotic Injuries and High Ankle Sprains. 44th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, MN. Nov 2014.

          29. Lisfranc Fractures. 44th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MN Nov 2014.

          30. Pilon Fractures. 44th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MN, Nov 2014

          31. BME, Minneapolis, 44th annual trauma symposium, Nov 2014

          32. Medshape, Chicago, AOFAS, Aug 2014.

          33. Zimmer Total Ankle Arthroplasty, Charlotte, May 2014

          34. Amniox Medical, Miami, May 2014

          35. Arthrex, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Fellows Course, Naples, May 2014

          36. Zimmer Total Ankle Arthroplasty, Detroit, Apr 2014

          37. Arthrex, Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Fellows Course, Naples, Apr 2014

          38. BME, Speed, Minneapolis, 43rd annual trauma symposium, Nov 2013

          39. Arthrex, Plantar plate repair, flatfoot, internal brace. Charlotte, NC, Nov, 2013

          40. Amniox Medical, San Diego CA, August 2013

          41. Arthrex, Advanced foot/ankle course, Naples, FL, May 2013

          42. Synthes Course, Switzerland and Germany, March 2018

          43. Amniox Medical, Miami FL, March 2013

          44. Annual Myerson Meeting, Beaver Creek, CO, Feb. 2013Nov 2014. Talus Fractures. 44th Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis,MN

          45. Vumedi – syndesmostic injury, 2013.

          46. Foot Innovate – hallux rigidus, 2013.

          47. Lisfranc. Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MN Nov 2103

          48. Pilon Fractures. 43rd Annual Orthopaedic Trauma, Minneapolis, MNm Nov 2013

          49. Open Lisfranc treatment. Myerson Conference, Breckenridge, CO 2013.

          50. Men’s Health Magazine, Aug, 2012.

          51. OrthoCarolina Exploring Program Twice Annually

          52. NBC Charlotte Today, Nov 21, 2011

          53. Annual Myerson Meeting, Beaver Creek, CO, Feb. 2011

          54. NC Orthopaedic Technologist Annual Meeting, Oct 2, 2010

           

          Team

          • 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

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          Greg Sanders, PA-C

          Greg Sanders, PA-C

          Clinical Specialties

          Foot & Ankle

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          Kelly Stafford, PA-C

          Kelly Stafford, PA-C

          Clinical Specialties

          Foot & Ankle

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