Dr. Boone

David W. Boone, MD

NC State University

Meet Dr. Boone – Foot & Ankle Surgeon in NC

Dr. David Boone joined Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic in 1994 following the completion of fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin that same year. He was the first fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in foot and ankle surgery in Wake County.

Dr. Boone’s practice focuses on athletic injuries, reconstructive procedures, and fractures of the foot and ankle. In addition to being board certified in orthopedic surgery, he holds a subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Boone serves as one of the team physicians for North Carolina State University. He was also the team physician for Sanderson High School from 1994 to 2019.

After graduating from Sanderson High School in 1979, Dr. Boone went to Davidson College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was selected to join Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation from Davidson, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and then completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Dr. Boone has presented research and instructional lectures at state and national meetings and he is published in the orthopedic literature. During his orthopedic career in Raleigh, Dr. Boone has served as chairman of the orthopedic departments at both WakeMed and Rex Hospital, and from 2006-2007, he served as president of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Boone has served in multiple leadership positions at UNC Rex Hospital including the roles of president and vice president of the medical staff in addition to serving on numerous committees at UNC Rex Hospital.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Boone, please call (919) 781-5600.

Additional Information about Dr. Boone

Education & Certifications See Full Details
  • Medical School
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Internship
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Residency
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Fellowship
    • Medical College of Wisconsin (Foot & Ankle)
  • Board Certification
    • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, ABOS
Dr. Boone’s Team See Full Details
  • Medical Assistant — Lynne
    • (919) 781-5600 Ext. 5633
  • Administrative Assistant — Kylie
    • Office: 919-863-6858
    • Fax: 919-863-6821
    • Email: kwagaman@raleighortho.com
  • Surgery Coordinator — Sarah
    • (919) 863-6938
  • Test Coordinator — Pat
    • (919) 863-6924
Advanced Practice Provider – Tiffany Stephens, PA-C
Professional Organizations See Full Details
  • President, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, 2016
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, North Carolina Medical Society
  • Member, North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, President, 2007
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Joined Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic in 1994
Publications and Presentations See Full Details
  • March 2013- Dr. Boone was invited to speak at the AAOS annual meeting for the third consecutive year.
  • September 2012- Dr. David Boone Discusses Achilles Tendon Injuries with John Forslund on 99.9 The Fan
  • February 2012- For the second year in a row, Dr. Boone was invited to speak at the AAOS annual meeting, follow this link to view his presentation on selected foot and ankle disorders including Achilles tendon problems, posterior tibial tendon pathology, and posterior ankle pain.
  • April 2011- Dr. Boone hosts a webinar on Bunion Surgery
  • February 2011- Dr. Boone invited to speak at the 2011 AAOS Annual Meeting
Proud to be the Official Team Orthopedist for: See Full Details
  • Carolina Ballet
  • North Carolina State University
  • Sanderson High School

Patient Testimonials

Patient Education

Preparing for Surgery

Dr. Boone performs surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays. His Surgery Scheduler will call to schedule your surgery. If you have not heard from her within a week, please call her at (919) 863-6936. If you are a Worker’s Compensation patient, you will be contacted once your Insurance Adjuster has signed off on the surgery.

A History & Physical (H&P) exam will be scheduled within 30 days of surgery. Occasionally, depending on your medical condition, a preoperative appointment with the hospital may also need to be made.

After your surgery has been scheduled you will receive a surgical packet containing information (specific dates, times, and location of your surgery), as well as information on the surgical facility and a patient registration form if your surgery is scheduled at Rex Health Care. Please make sure that your phone number and address are current in our system.

Dr. Boone performs surgery at Rex Hospital and Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center.

History & Physical Exam

  • Either Dr. Boone or his physician’s assistant will perform the history and physical (H&P).
  • Depending on your medical history, Dr. Boone may ask that your Primary Care Provider (PCP) evaluate you prior to the surgery.
  • It is important that we know all the medications that you are taking.  If possible, please bring all your medications or a complete list with you to your H&P appointment.
  • Dr. Boone will give you instructions on your medications at your H&P.
  • After your H&P, please make sure you have your follow-up appointment scheduled and have your pain medicine prescription before you leave the office.  Post-operative appointments are made 10-14 days after surgery.  You may also be given an antibiotic to be taken AFTER surgery.
  • Blood clots are unusual events following surgery, but steps need to be taken to diminish this risk, so Dr. Boone will discuss plans for anticoagulation with you at the time of your H&P.
  • Please feel free to ask questions during your history and physical.  It is important that you understand your preoperative and post-operative instructions.

Your Surgery

If your surgery is scheduled before 1 PM, please refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight. If your surgery is scheduled after 1 PM, Dr. Boone will instruct you on food & beverage intake.

If you are on blood pressure medication, please continue to take your medication with a sip of water the morning of surgery, regardless of when surgery is scheduled.

If you are diabetic, Dr. Boone will discuss the timing of your diabetic medication with respect to the surgery.

Please show up 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time or as instructed by Dr. Boone and his staff. Occasionally, surgery times may need to be changed on your date of surgery. Please make sure that Dr. Boone’s nurse, surgery scheduler, and the facility where you are having your surgery have the best number that you can be reached on that day.

Workers’ Compensation/Disability

Dr. David Boone sees workers’ compensation patients who have foot, ankle, and knee injuries.
If you are not represented by an attorney or other party that would assist in protecting your rights, you may contact the NC Industrial Commission’s Workers’ Compensation Information Specialists Section (formerly the Ombudsman Section) at (800) 688-8349 or call (919) 807-2501 Monday-Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. or visit their website for guidance.


Prior to your appointment, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic will need authorization from your assigned insurance adjuster and your referral from the treating emergency department or urgent care facility along with any treatment notes and x-rays. Please have your referring physician or workers’ compensation claim adjuster call (919) 863-6863 to schedule an appointment, or your records may be faxed to (919) 863-6809.

Dr. Boone and his staff address your medical condition as quickly as possible once we receive authorization from your insurance adjuster. We cannot move forward without this approval.


If Dr. Boone determines that surgery is required, a surgery request form will be completed and sent to your assigned insurance adjuster. Scheduling of your surgery will be dependent upon our receipt of this approval.

Post-operative care must also be approved by the insurance adjuster. Your employer may have a preferred therapy provider to which you will be referred, or Dr. Boone will write an order to an approved facility.

For additional information, including contacts please refer to Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s Workers’ Compensation page.

Case Worker/Nurses

Does Dr. Boone provide IME/2nd Opinions?

Dr. Boone performs Independent Medical Examinations and second opinions for orthopedic issues involving the foot, ankle, and knee. He will first do a record review to determine if he is able to further assist with the patient’s care.

Please contact our office at (919) 863-6984 to set up the IME/Second Opinion and for more information on Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic’s workers’ compensation policies and procedures.


What do I need to bring to my initial appointment?

Please make sure that you bring:

  • A photo ID
  • Your insurance card
  • Your co-pay
  • A list of your current medications
  • Any and all previous x-rays, MRI’s, CT or bone scans related to your condition
  • Your referring physician & primary care physician’s (PCP) name, address and phone number
  • A list of your questions and concerns about your condition
  • Your card with information on your pacemaker, heart stent, or defibrillator

Please let Dr. Boone know prior to surgery being scheduled if you have any cardiac stents. It is also important for us to know if you are on blood thinners, or have a history of stroke, heart attack, or previous treatments with regard to your current condition. Please bring all information with you to your appointment.

How will I know that my test or surgery has been approved?

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic will contact your insurance company prior to your scheduled test or surgery. If your insurance company denies approval, Dr. Boone’s Insurance Coordinator will contact you. Please make sure that your correct phone number, insurance, and address are on file with us.

How much will my surgery cost?

Please contact Dana Newman, Patient Account Liaison, at (919) 863-6844 for an estimate of what Dr. Boone will bill to your insurance.

If your surgery is scheduled at Rex Health Care, please contact their Patient Estimate line at (919) 784-3382.

For Anesthesia estimates, please leave your contact information on their automated line at (919) 873-9533 and someone there will return your call.

Will I be able to drive myself home after my outpatient surgery?

For outpatient surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home. Please make sure someone is with you to drive you home and stays with you the first night.

If your relative or friend has to leave the hospital during your surgery, please make sure Dr. Boone and/or the hospital has their contact number in case they need to be reached. You will be given instructions on how to manage the surgical site after your surgery.

Are blood clots normal after surgery?

Blood clots are unusual after surgery. Dr. Boone will discuss any anti-coagulation plan (blood thinning medication) with you preoperatively.

Who do I contact if I have complications after surgery?

Complications are unusual following surgery. It is important that you communicate with Dr. Boone & his team if you experience any problems.

If you notice increased pain, burning, numbness, or tingling after surgery, call Dr. Boone’s Clinical Assistant at (919)781-5600 so that you can be evaluated and your symptoms can be controlled to avoid any complications.

If you notice any abnormal increase in swelling, discoloration such as increased redness, or increased drainage on your dressing, please call Dr. Boone’s Clinical Assistant at (919) 781-5600.

If you are on blood thinners and notice abnormal bleeding (rectal, surgical site, vaginal, or any other area), please call Dr. Boone’s Clinical Assistant immediately at (919) 781-5600.

If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath, GO IMMEDIATELY to your nearest Emergency Department.

If you have problems after hours, call the office at (919) 781-5600 and you will be contacted by the physician’s assistant on call to help you resolve your problem.

How do I keep my splint dry after surgery? When can I start showering?

Start with sponge baths immediately post-surgery. As time progresses, Dr. Boone’s recommendation is to place a garbage bag over the surgical limb, taped at the top to keep your dressing dry. You can also hang the affected limb outside of the bathtub if this is more comfortable for you. Always protect the dressing/splint in the bathing area with at least a plastic bag to minimize the chance of getting the dressing/splint wet. If your dressing gets wet, please call Dr. Boone’s Clinical Assistant at (919) 781-5600 to schedule a time for your dressing to be changed.

What do I do if I need a mobility aid?

Following your surgery it is likely that you will need a mobility aid such as a cane, crutches, walker, or knee scooter. Dr Boone will discuss these options with you at the time of your history and physical.

What do I do if I am having problems with my cast, brace, or splint (i.e. tightness, rubbing)?

If you are having difficulties with your splint or cast please call 919-781-5600 for instructions. If your limb becomes increasingly numb and/or increasingly painful this is a potential emergency. For this situation, please call the office immediately or go to your closest emergency room. Dr. Boone prefers that you go to Rex Hospital if possible.

When can I start driving after surgery?

The answer to this question will vary with your particular surgery. Surgery on the left leg will allow you to drive sooner if your car has an automatic transmission. Hanging the leg down, however, will cause undesirable swelling. Dr. Boone will give you instructions with respect to driving when he discusses your surgery with you.

How long can I expect to be off work?

Your time out of work will vary with respect to your job requirements and your surgery. Dr. Boone will discuss this in detail with you.

How long do I need to be non-weight bearing after surgery

The answer to this question will vary based on the type of surgery you have had

When can I take my dressing off?

You are generally asked to leave the dressing intact until seen at your first postoperative visit. Exceptions to this would be patients undergoing ACL reconstruction, and the therapist will do the first dressing change.

How do I file my Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) / Disability papers?

Dr. Boone’s secretary (Ms. Kathy Brinkley) handles all FMLA & Disability forms. Your employer (usually through Human Resources) should provide you with the forms. Please make sure you complete the “ROC Disability/FMLA/Etc. Instruction” form and submit it along with your employer-provided forms. They can be faxed, emailed, mailed, or hand-delivered to any of our offices. Once Dr. Boone’s secretary receives the forms, she will have the Providing Physician section completed, and process the forms according to your instructions on the “ROC Disability/FMLA/Etc. Instruction” form. If you need assistance with completing your portion of the form, please contact your employer. Dr. Boone’s secretary will only be able to assist you with the Providing Physician portion of the forms.

Please contact Dr. Boone’s nurse, Lynne Woodall, at (919) 781-5600 if you have any questions or need additional information.


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