Patrick M. Connor, MD 704.323.3000

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Dr. Connor is a highly qualified OrthoCarolina doctor guiding his patients to a great solution for their problems, and the South Park location is super!

- George C.

Fellowship Trained

  • Shoulder & Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Clinical Specialties

  • Shoulder & Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma


  • Oklahoma State University -- Bachelor of Science
  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine -- Doctor of Medicine
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center -- Internship
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center -- Residency
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York Orthopaedic Hospital -- Fellowship Shoulder Surgery
  • Mayo Clinic -- Visiting Clinician Program, Elbow Surgery


  • Head Team Physician for the Carolina Panthers
  • Team Physician for Hendrick Motorsports
  • Team Physician for the 2014 NFL Pro-Bowl
  • Team Physician for the 2006 NFL Pro-Bowl
  • Head Team Physician for the The Charlotte Knights
  • Head Team Physician for Providence Day School
  • Editorial Board/Consultant for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Editorial Board/Consultant for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Editorial Board/Consultant for The American Journal of Sports Medicine

  • Professor and Chief, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery/ Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC
  • Clinical Faculty, Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Attending Physician, OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine / Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship Program, OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC
  • OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI)
    • Board of Directors, 2002 – present
    • Chairman of the Board, 2002 – 2009



  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), Recertified 1/2009 – 12/2028
  • ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 11/2007 – 12/2028
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), Part II July 16, 1998
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), Part I July 14, 1995

  • Specializes in all aspects of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Knee Surgery
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • 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

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
    • Research Committee, 2008 - present
  • The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • National Football League Physicians Society (NFLPS)
    • President, 2009 – 2011
    • President Elect, 2007 – 2009
    • Executive Committee, 2006 – present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Fellow
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA)
  • North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS)
  • Mecklenburg County Medical Society (MCMS)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA)
  • Charlotte Sports Commission
  • The Charlotte Executive Club


  • Named a 2019 Top Doctor by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named a 2018 Top Doctor by Charlotte Magazine
  • Named a 2017 Top Doctor - Charlotte Magazine
  • Named a 2016 Top Doctor - Charlotte Magazine
  • Business NC Magazine’s Top Doctors 2015
  • Named a 2014 Top Doctor - Charlotte Business Journal
  • Top Doctors, US News & World Report, 2012 – 2013
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2013, Charlotte Magazine, July 2013
  • Best Doctor’s in America 2013,, July 2013
  • Patient’s Choice Award 2012,, July 2013
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2012, Charlotte Magazine, July 2012
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2011, Charlotte Magazine, July 2011
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2010, Charlotte Magazine, July 2010
  • Top Doctors 2009, Consumers’ Guide to Top Doctors in the Business North Carolina Magazine, 2009
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2008, Charlotte Magazine, July 2008
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2007, Charlotte Magazine, July 2007
  • North Carolina’s Best Doctors 2007, Business North Carolina Magazine, July 2007
  • Charlotte’s Top Doctors 2006, Charlotte Magazine, July 2006
  • America’s Top Surgeons 2006, Consumers’ Research Council of America, July 2006
  • Honorary Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, 2005
  • Physicians’ Advisory Board of North Carolina, a Congressional Appointment by Congressman Tom Reynolds, Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • Community Award of Excellence, Arthritis Foundation of the Carolinas, 2001
  • Recipient of the Basil M. Boyd, M.D. Memorial Resident Lecture Series Award, 1995.

Medical School

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Junior Year Selection, 1989
  • Vice President of Medical School Class, 1987-1990
  • Dr. Frank L. Flack and Jessie Gordon Flack Scholarship, 1988
  • Robert M. O'Neal Award for Excellence in Systemic Pathology, 1988
  • Dr. A.R. Wiley Scholarship, 1987


  • All-American Men’s Tennis, Oklahoma State University, 1986
  • All-Big 8 Conference Academic Team, Oklahoma State University, 1986
  • Ike Groce Memorial Big 8 Conference Sportsmanship Award, Men's Tennis, 1986
  • National Dean's List for College Undergraduates, 1986
  • Dean's Honor Roll, Oklahoma State University, 1985-1986
  • Dean's Honor Roll, The University of Tulsa, 1983-1984
  • Outstanding Student Leader, The University of Tulsa, 1983-1984
  • University Scholar, The University of Tulsa, 1982
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Freshmen, The University of Tulsa, 1981
  • Allen B. Stowe National Junior Tennis Championship Sportsmanship Award, 1981
  • Oklahoma State High School Tennis Championships All-Decade Team, 1980’s
  • Four-time Oklahoma State High School Singles Tennis Champion (1978-1981)



  • Ford SE, Andersen JS, Macknet DM, Connor PM, Loeffler BJ, Gaston RG. Major complications after distal biceps tendon repairs: retrospective cohort analysis of 970 cases. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 27 (10): 1898-06, Oct. 2018
  • Vestermark GL, VanDoren BA, Connor PM, Fleischli JE, Piasecki DP, Hamid N.The prevalence of rotator cuff pathology in the setting of acute proximal biceps tendon rupture.J Shoulder Elbow Surg,, February 22, 2018.
  • Stuhlman CR, Owens CJ, Samuelson EM, Vermillion RP, Shermansky MD, King KB, Connor PM.Recurrent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears in the National Football League: A Case Control Study.Submitted for publication, Am J Sports Med, 2018.
  • Ode GE, Larson TB, Connor PM, Fleischli JE, D’Alessandro DF.Intramedullary fixation for displaced clavicle fractures in the adolescent athlete.Submitted for publication, Orthopaedics, 2018.
  • Ruder JA, Angerame MR, Hartigan DE, Odum SM, Connor PM.Distal Clavicle Morphology:Elimination of the “A-frame” for Consistent Distal Clavicle Excision.Submitted for publication, Arthroscopy, 2018.
  • Connor PM. Preventing ACL tears in women. by Kelsey Riggs NBC Charlotte, Charlotte NC, February 22, 2017
  • Connor PM. Charlotte doctors offer controversial platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell injections, popular with professional athletes for treatment of joint pain, arthritis and tendon injuries. The Charlotte Observer, Karen Garloch, November 25, 2016
  • Connor PM. How to Avoid Tennis Injuries this Summer. by Sarah Scoop Charlotte, Charlotte NC, May 29, 2016
  • Scannell BP, Loeffler BJ, Hoenig M, Peindl RD, D’Alessandro DF, Connor PM, Fleischli JE: Biomechanical comparison of hamstring tendon fixation devices for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Part 2. Four tibial devices. Am J Orthop, 2015 Feb;44(2):82-5.
  • Scannell BP, Loeffler BJ, Hoenig M, Peindl RD, D’Alessandro DF, Connor PM, Fleischli JE:
  • Biomechanical comparison of hamstring tendon fixation devices for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Part 1. Five femoral devices. Am J Orthop, 2015 Jan;44(1):32-6.
  • Day JS, Baxter RM, Ramsey ML, Morrey BF, Connor PM, Kurtz SM, Steinbeck MJ:Characterization of wear debris in total elbow arthroplasty.J Shoulder Elbow Surg 22(7): 924-31, Jul 2013.
  • Loeffler BJ, Scannell BP, Peindl RD, Connor PM, Davis DE, Hoelscher GL, Norton HJ, Hanley Jr. EN, Gruber HE: Cell-Based Tissue Engineering Augments Tendon-to-Bone Healing in a Rat Supraspinatus Model.J Orthop Res 31:407-412, 2013.

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  • Test/Surgery Scheduling : (704-323-3168)
  • Medical Administrative Assistant : Brittany Mills 704-323-3553

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