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Dr. Jack Bowling and Bowling Orthopaedics Join EmergeOrtho Coastal Region's Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Practice

Coastal Region / 19 Sep 2023

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Dr. Jack Bowling and Bowling Orthopaedics Join EmergeOrtho Coastal Region's Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Practice

WILMINGTON, NC— On October 1, 2023, EmergeOrtho Coastal Region will welcome Jack W. Bowling Jr., MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, and Bowling Orthopaedics to their esteemed team. As founder of Bowling Orthopaedics, Dr. Bowling has been a trusted local provider for 22 years in his Wilmington practice.

With extensive experience in minimally invasive joint replacement techniques and a shared commitment to providing personalized patient care, Dr. Bowling’s presence and practice strengthen EmergeOrtho’s position as a leading provider of comprehensive orthopedic and spine services in the coastal region.

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A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Dr. Bowling earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology summa cum laude from North Carolina State University and his Doctor of Medicine from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After completing his orthopedic residency at Wake Forest University/Baptist Hospital Medical Center in 2000, Dr. Bowling sought to expand his expertise in joint replacement through a prestigious fellowship at Central DuPage Hospital/Rush Presbyterian – Saint Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

While highly specialized in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, Dr. Bowling has also distinguished himself as a leader in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder. With 20 years of call coverage in Wilmington, he has gained extensive experience in sports medicine and trauma care, both acute and reconstructive.

A key aspect of Dr. Bowling’s approach to patient care is his dedication to employing minimally invasive techniques in joint replacement surgeries. During his fellowship, he mastered a wide range of these strategies, which he brought to his practice in Wilmington in 2001. His expertise in soft tissue preservation and attention to detail have significantly contributed to the success and accelerated recovery of his patients.

An advocate for adopting the latest advancements in the field, Dr. Bowling has embraced robotic surgery for joint replacement, further strengthening EmergeOrtho’s robotics team with his CORI Robotics surgery system certification. The team believes strongly in using all available adjunct tools to ensure the most accurate and safest procedures and leverages robotics to improve bone alignment and soft tissue balancing during knee replacements. This approach allows for intraoperative planning using the patient’s own knee anatomy and soft tissue tension, resulting in knee replacements that feel and work as close to normal as possible. EmergeOrtho is dedicated to offering this cutting-edge technology to patients as part of its ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care and outcomes.

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Ryan Murphy, PA-C, is also joining EmergeOrtho Coastal Region from Bowling Orthopaedics, bringing a wealth of experience in emergency and sports medicine, as well as total joint replacement. Murphy first earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro before completing the physician assistant program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Bowling and Ryan Murphy to EmergeOrtho Coastal Region,” said Zachary Welch, Executive Director of EmergeOrtho Coastal Region. “Their exceptional skills and commitment to patient well-being align perfectly with our mission to provide the highest standard of musculoskeletal care.”

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Dr. Bowling and Ryan Murphy will continue to see patients at the 5220 Oleander Drive location in Wilmington.

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EmergeOrtho of the Coastal Region includes an unparalleled medical team of over 120 highly trained orthopedic surgeons and physicians, advanced practice providers, and physical and occupational therapists and a staff of over 530 employees, all dedicated to delivering the highest level of orthopedic and spine care at a lower cost for patients.

An independent, physician-owned practice, EmergeOrtho offers comprehensive care that ranges from doctor visits to physical and occupational therapy, and from accredited diagnostic imaging to advanced surgery. Many locations also offer same-day appointments and orthopedic urgent care, as well as onsite MRI services.

Within the practice, experienced experts specialize in: spine, sports medicine, joint replacement and reconstruction, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), orthopedic trauma and pain management. The name EmergeOrtho describes the practice’s mission of helping patients emerge stronger, healthier, and better. EmergeOrtho’s core values of quality, innovation, compassion, diversity & inclusion, education, integrity, teamwork and community shape the organization’s culture.


A New Level Of Orthopedic Care Has Emerged

As our patient, you will benefit from a full range of orthopedic services, specialties and technologies, including physical and hand therapy, advanced imaging services, and urgent care walk-in services providing immediate diagnosis and treatment for urgent orthopedic conditions.