Dr. Joe Wilson | Shoulder Specialist and Surgeon Near Me!

About Dr Wilson

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Dr. Joe Wilson

Dr. Joseph Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a Flight Surgeon in the United States Navy, and as a key member of an F-18 Fighter Attack Squadron, he served aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Constellation.

Upon completion of his Orthopaedic training at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, Dr. Wilson spent an additional 18 months of subspecialty training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder surgery. He completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he was also a assistant team physician for DePaul University and its Division I Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. While in Chicago, he also served as an assistant team physician for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.

In 2009, Dr. Wilson was selected and received the Alps Surgery Institute International Shoulder Fellowship in Annecy, France. Among the 44 Fellows in the history of the Institute, he is one of just a select few Americans to have been selected.

Dr. Laurent Lafosse, founder of the Alps Surgery Institute, and considered by many to be one of the premier arthroscopic shoulder surgeons in the world, was his teacher and mentor in the education of shoulder surgical procedures.

Dr. Wilson has been in practice since 2001, and he not only has a unique range of knowledge in General Orthopaedics, he has a true passion for what he does for his patients. His specialized knowledge in advanced arthroscopic techniques of both the shoulder and knee allow him to assess the best possible surgical procedure for each injury.

His military service as a Naval medical officer and his experiences as a professional sports team physician give Dr. Wilson a rare background for performing shoulder and knee arthroscopy and reconstruction.

His specialized training in Europe has allowed Dr. Wilson to gain specific skills and expertise in various arthroscopic and open shoulder procedures and treatments that are not commonly utilized here in the United States.

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As an Academic All-American and Team Captain of both the University of Virginia and the Gold Medal winning USA World Lacrosse Team, Dr. Wilson understands the demands and desires of today’s active population, and promises to continue his focus of compassion and care for patients of all ages. His rare blend of background and experience gives his patients the best chance for a satisfactory recovery.

Dr. Joe Wilson has established himself as one of the premier shoulder specialists in the state of North Carolina over his past 18 years as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Wilson’s rare blend of shoulder expertise, concierge orthopedic care, unprecedented patient access, and true compassion for his patients has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues nor his patients.

Dr. Wilson was selected by the top shoulder surgeons and shoulder experts in the United States and Europe to be inducted into the exclusive membership of the Shoulder and Elbow Society. This Society consists of the best shoulder surgeons from around the globe who meet to discuss the latest trends and techniques in shoulder surgery. This decision to induct Dr. Wilson was based on his advanced training at the top shoulder institutes in both the United States and France, his never ending commitment to his patients, and his expertise in the surgical and non surgical treatment of all shoulder issues and problems. These conditions consists of rotator cuff repairs, SLAP repairs, bicep tears, shoulder instability and shoulder dislocations, Bankart repairs, shoulder arthritis, Total Shoulder Replacements, Reverse Total Shoulder replacements, Superior Capsular Reconstructions, and fractures of the shoulder.

Dr. Wilson has been recognized and awarded the Top Doctor Award for the State of North Carolina, the Top Doctor Award For Raleigh, and the Top Doctor Award for the Triangle Region. He has been awarded the Patient’s Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Award, and On Time Doctor Award each year consistently since being in practice.

Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Flight Surgeon – United States Navy
Orthopaedic Training – Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC
Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Training – Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC

Sports Medicine Fellowship – Rush University Medical Center
International Shoulder Fellowship – Alps Surgery Institute, Annecy, France

Member – Shoulder and Elbow Society
Top Doctor Award – State of North Carolina
Top Doctor Award – Raleigh, NC
Top Doctor Award – Triangle Region
Patient’s Choice Award
Compassionate Doctor Award
On Time Doctor Award


> Shoulder Arthroscopy for Rotator Cuff Tears
> Dislocations
> Total Shoulder Replacements
> Reverse Total Shoulder Replacements
> Traumatic Injuries
> Knee Arthroscopy for Meniscal Tears
> Cartilage Restoration
> Traumatic Injuries


Dr. Joe Wilson can provide a complimentary review of your shoulder or knee x-rays and/or MRI to determine if a consultation in our office may be beneficial to you.