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Welcome Home—and to EmergeOrtho—Kelly Esposito, MD, MBA, Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgeon

Coastal Region / 01 Oct 2020

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Welcome Home—and to EmergeOrtho—Kelly Esposito, MD, MBA, Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgeon

Growing up in Wilmington, NC, Dr. Esposito excelled in academics and sports. She went on to play for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tarheels varsity women’s soccer team (including the 2006 National Championship squad) while earning her Bachelor of Arts with the highest distinction in Journalism and Mass Communication and Biology. Upon graduation, she continued her education in Chapel Hill, completing both her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration with an enrichment concentration in healthcare.

Pursuing her chosen specialty of orthopedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Dr. Esposito completed a general and orthopedic surgery internship followed by her orthopedic surgery residency. In 2020, she completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Throughout her education, Dr. Esposito earned numerous honors and awards, published several articles and conducted research on both the business and patient care sides of medicine.

While in medical school, she worked on several projects that analyzed health care education and delivery from a business perspective, and she organized and ran a soccer clinic to raise money for Carolina for Kibera, a grassroots community-building organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C., and in Nairobi, Kenya. She also volunteered at the Tabitha Medical Clinic in Kibera, where she filled prescriptions, tracked pharmacy inventory, assisted with a CDC vaccination study and evaluated patients with clinic physicians.

Closer to home, she taught middle school students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community about heart disease and prevention, captained seven intramural coed and women’s soccer teams, and worked at a free student-run community clinic where she evaluated patients and worked as a Spanish interpreter. Dr. Esposito is proficient in Spanish, having studied abroad in Central and South America, as well as serving as a Spanish interpreter at a free seasonal clinic for migrant farmworkers in Benson, NC.

During her residency at Dartmouth, she led a project assessing pre-treatment goals and goal achievement for people disabled by chronic low back pain and worked on a quality improvement initiatives team to devise and implement a new callback system for patient calls received during non-business hours.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Esposito back home to Wilmington, and to our practice. She is now seeing patients for a wide variety of hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries— from trigger fingers and carpal tunnel syndrome to complex fractures and arthritic issues— as well as general orthopedics. Appointments with Dr. Esposito are available at these EmergeOrtho locations: 2716 Ashton Drive in Wilmington, in Leland at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing in The Villages at Brunswick Forest, and 5160 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte.

To make an appointment with Dr. Esposito, please call 910-332-3800 or 910-332-3814 to speak with her Care Coordinator.

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