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William M. Isbell, MD

Specializing In

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy

Dr. Isbell is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery.

Dr. Isbell completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine where he was awarded the James L. Thompson Leadership Award and was president of his medical school class. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, KY and was awarded the Leonard Marmour Surgical Arthritis Award for Excellence in Patient Care. After residency, Dr. Isbell completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY.

His areas of expertise include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic techniques. His clinical and research interests include:

  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Labral Repairs of the Shoulder
  • Meniscus Surgery of the Knee
  • ACL Reconstruction of the Knee

Dr. Isbell has authored and co-authored scientific articles and book chapters on various sports medicine related topics including ACL reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, meniscal repair and shoulder arthritis. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroscopy and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has been the Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes since 2006.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Isbell, please call 919-781-5600.

Medical School
James H. Quillen College of Medicine

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

Hospital for Special Surgery (Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery)

Board Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Assistant — Brian, Diana, & Janeane
(919) 781-5600 Ext. 5614

Administrative Assistant — Dayle
Office: 919-863-6843
Fax: 919-863-6821
Email: ddenton2@raleighortho.com

Surgery Coordinator — Felicia
(919) 863-6993

Test Coordinator — Amelia
(919) 863-6859


Team Physician

  • Carolina Hurricanes Co-Head Team Physician

Advanced Practice Provider(s)

For more information about Dr. Isbell’s practice, visit: http://isbellmd.com/

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association Of North America
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association
  • Assistant Team physician, New York Giants, 2003
  • Head Team Orthopaedist Carolina Hurricanes

Publications and Presentations


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