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J. Mack Aldridge III, MD, FAOA

J. Mack Aldridge III, MD, FAOA

Hand & Wrist, Elbow & Arm

Hand & Wrist Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, CAQ in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hand Upper Extremity and Microsurgery Specialist

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill
Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Dr. Aldridge obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and completed his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center. He then completed an additional year of subspecialty fellowship training in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at Duke University Medical Center. He served as assistant professor on the Duke Orthopedic staff for four years, during which time he served as chief of orthopedics at the Durham VAMC, and devoted countless hours towards research and teaching fellows, residents, and medical students.

Dr. Aldridge is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has received his certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Hand Surgery. He is past president of the North Carolina Orthopedic Association, the Duke Hand Society, and the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopedic Association, the Piedmont Orthopedic Society, the Bassett Orthopedic Society, the Southeastern Hand Society, the Shoulder and Elbow Society, and the prestigious American Orthopedic Association.

Dr. Aldridge has a broad range of knowledge of orthopedic problems with subspecialty training in the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow), with interests ranging from complex trauma of the upper extremity, elbow disorders, arthritis, brachial plexus injury and reconstruction, endoscopic carpal tunnel release, Dupuytren’s, and tendonopathies, among many other pathologies.

Dr. Aldridge has received numerous accolades for clinical excellence, having been included in America’s Best Physicians list, elected to Best Doctors® now 6 years in a row, and also listed in the North Carolina Business Journal’s Best Doctors rankings.

In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Aldridge remains committed to teaching. He was the youngest recipient of the Faculty teaching award while on staff at Duke University and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, published chapters in 5 textbooks, and has given over 80 lectures throughout North America, South American, Greece, Australia, Europe, and Japan on topics ranging from avascular necrosis of the hip to upper extremity anatomy and surgery of the hand. Dr. Aldridge resides in Durham with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center: Hand/Upper Extremity/Microsurgery Fellowship


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (WFU School of Medicine)
  • Fellowship Director – EmergeOrtho, PA
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association – Past President
  • North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand – Past President
  • Duke Hand Club – Past President
  • Piedmont Orthopedic Society – Research Grant Review Committee
  • Bassett Orthopedic Society
  • Southeastern Hand Society – Member at Large
  • Southern Orthopedic Association
  • North Carolina Specialty Hospital – Medical Executive Committee, Board Member
  • EmergeOrtho– Medical Executive Committee
  • Arthritis Foundation North Carolina (Local Advisory Board Member)
  • Piedmont Orthopedic Foundation – Vice President
EmergeOrtho Physicians Publish Study in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

EmergeOrtho Physicians Publish Study in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Our orthopedic surgeons are engaged in advancing the field. Three of our physicians treating patients in the Greater Triangle Area worked on a recent publication in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery on AC joint injuries. Drs. Joseph Wilson, Mack Aldridge, and Marshall Kuremsky are three of the authors of interobserver and intraobserver reliability...

EmergeOrtho physicians at the 9th Triennial Meeting of the Duke Hand Club!

EmergeOrtho physicians at the 9th Triennial Meeting of the Duke Hand Club!

Triangle Region

EmergeOrtho’s own physicians, Dr’s. Craig Rineer, Mack Aldridge, Richard Moore and Shawn Hocker, recently attended the 9th Triennial meeting of the Duke Hand Club that took place in Argentina. Dr. Aldridge sees patients in the Triangle, and Drs. Rineer, Moore, and Hocker are in Wilmington. The Duke Hand Club is a non-profit organization that allows...

Dr. Aldridge is a fantastic doctor. He performed a complicated procedure on my daughter's elbow with amazing results.

Ben F


Very detailed and conscientious, Dr. Aldridge is top notch.

Beata G


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