Andrew D. Kersten, MD
Andrew D. Kersten, MD

Sports Medicine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Blue Ridge Region


Double board-certified in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine, Andrew Kersten, MD, provides individualized care to athletes of all ages. He specializes as a shoulder surgeon as well as in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, but he cares for the full spectrum of orthopedic issues at his private practice in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina. His knowledge and passion allow him to give the best treatment to athletes so they can return to the sport they love to play.

Dr. Kersten enjoys working with his patients to formulate the best treatment plan to achieve their unique goals. He performs the most advanced procedures available, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and computer-assisted shoulder and knee replacements. He also provides a full range of nonsurgical options, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Kersten completed his undergraduate education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He then earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He went on to complete his residency in orthopedic surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.

Dr. Kersten then finished a one-year fellowship in arthroscopy and sports medicine at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, where he trained under leaders in the field, including shoulder specialist Dr. Jim Esch, the “father of shoulder arthroscopy.” During his fellowship training, Dr. Kersten worked with the San Diego Padres baseball team and San Diego State University football and soccer teams.

Dr. Kersten‘s expertise as a shoulder specialist, knee specialist, elbow specialist, and ankle specialist allows him to treat several conditions such as:


  • Arthroscopic Labral Repair/Capsulorrhaphy for Dislocations
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Decompression
  • Arthroscopic and Open Biceps Tenodesis
  • Superior Capsule Reconstruction
  • SLAP Repair
  • Open Latarjet
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA)
    • Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (RTSA)
    • Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty
    • RTSA for Complex Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Acromioclavicular Reconstruction (AC Dislocation)
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Clavicle & Humerus Fractures


  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Surgery, including Repair
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Cartilage Procedures of the Knee, including:
    • Fresh Allograft Osteochondral Transplantation (allograft OAT)
    • Fresh Autograft Osteochondral Transplantation (autograft OAT)
    • Autologous Cartilage Implantation (ACI)
    • Microfracture & Abrasion Arthroplasty
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction/Patellar Realignment
  • Patellar Tendon Repair
  • Quad Tendon Repair
  • Subchondroplasty
  • MCL/LCL/PCL Injuries
  • Knee Arthroplasty:


  • Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
  • Triceps Tendon Repair
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Arthroscopic Surgery of the Elbow
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Olecranon Fractures


  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Ankle and 5th Metatarsal Fractures

Community Connections

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Kersten teaches courses and gives lectures on topics like shoulder arthroscopy and ACL surgery. He joined Emerge Orthopedics in 2022. EmergeOrtho has offices located in Asheville, Arden, Hendersonville, Waynesville and Weaverville. He has privileges at Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, NC, and is the Department of Surgery Chairman. He also has privileges at Advent Health Hendersonville.

Dr. Kersten has completed extensive research in the areas of shoulder instability, shoulder implant design, throwing injuries in pitchers, and meniscal injuries. He is currently a reviewer for two orthopedic scientific journals, the American Journal of Sports Medicine​ as well as Arthroscopy.

Dr. Kersten lives in the Asheville area with his wife, Casey, and their three children and two dogs. The Kersten family appreciates the friendly community, outdoor recreation opportunities, and abundance of great food in Asheville.


  • San Diego Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship, San Diego, CA
  • William Beaumont Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Royal Oak, MI
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Science, West Lafayette, IN

Hospital Affiliations

  • Pardee Hospital
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville Hospital


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
  • NC State Medical License
  • CA State Medical License


  • Business North Carolina’s Top Doctors: 2021
  • Business North Carolina’s Top Doctors: 2020
  • Biltmore Beacon, “Top 40 Under 40,” Asheville, NC
  • Scripps Clinic Medical Group, La Jolla, CA, $14,000 Research Grant
  • Herodicus Award: Top Resident Paper, AOSSM Annual Meeting, July 2010


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Fellow
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America, Fellow
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Society, Member

Research and Publications

  • Kersten, AD, Flores-Hernandez C, Hoenecke HR, D’Lima DD. Posterior augmented
    glenoid designs preserve more bone in biconcave glenoids. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015
  • Kersten AD, Fabing M, Ensminger S, Demetropoulos CK, Cooper R, Baker KC, Anderson
    K. Suture Capsulorrhaphy versus capsulolabral advancement for shoulder instability.
    Arthroscopy. 2012 Oct;28(10):1344-51.

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