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David T. Dellaero, MD

David T. Dellaero, MD

Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, CAQ in Sports Medicine

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill
Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Dr. David Dellaero brings a variety of skills and extensive experience to the Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Knee Teams for the EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region. In addition to providing Sports Medicine support as the team physician for the Durham Bulls, Dr. Dellaero addresses a wide range of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries for local patients.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Dellaero is a graduate of Duke University. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Dellaero has undergone additional fellowship training and research in sports medicine/arthroscopy as well as knee and shoulder reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine* (fewer than 600 surgeons in the country have a sports medicine CAQ).

Dr. Dellaero is also a team physician for the Durham Bulls Baseball Team. He is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been practicing since 1997.

Dr. Dellaero has a broad range of knowledge of orthopedic problems, which include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder surgeon
  • Rotator cuff
  • Labrum tear
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Meniscus tear
  • Knee swelling
  • Knee injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Cartilage tear

When it comes to addressing the conditions listed above (and others), Dr. Dellaero’s particular interest and expertise include arthroscopic treatment of bone and joint diseases and in surgery of the knee and shoulder. As part of his services, he routinely provides the following procedures to patients:

  • Cartilage repair
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Knee cartilage repair


  • Education: Baylor College of Medicine; Duke University
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation


  • Patients’ Choice Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • The On-Time Doctor Award (2016, 2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Top 10 Doctor-City (2014)
  • Compassionate Doctor Award – 5-Year Honoree (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)


  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America American
  • Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports
  • Medicine American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

*CAQ Sports Medicine: The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, offers a certificate of added qualification for “those surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications beyond those expected of other orthopedic surgeons by virtue of additional education, a practice characterized by a majority of cases in orthopedic sports medicine, and contributions to this field of medicine.” It is granted to orthopedic surgeons who are approved to take and who pass a subspecialty examination in sports medicine. Fewer than 600 surgeons hold the sports CAQ nationally.

Request a consultation with Dr. Dellaero now. Or, call us at 919-220-5255 any time to speak with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member.

Great experience with Medical Staff and my doctor, Dr. David Dellaero. Answered all my questions and concerns. I give my experience 5 stars.

Edward H


EmergeOrtho has terrific surgeons, such as Dr. David Dellaero, who has improved the quality of my life with expert shoulder surgery. He also keeps my hips and knees going! I’m also grateful for EmergeOrtho’s great physical therapists.

Katharine E


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