John S. O'Malley, MD
John S. O'Malley, MD

Sports MedicineShoulder, Knee

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, CAQ in Sports Medicine, Specializing in Joint Replacement, General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Coastal Region

Wilmington – Ashton
Leland – Brunswick Forest
Wilmington – Porters Neck

Dr. John O’Malley is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic surgery. Dr. O’Malley is the sports medicine team physician for UNC Wilmington Seahawk Athletics. He practices in Wilmington at 2716 Ashton Drive, in Porters Neck at 8115 Market Street and in our newest location at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing in the Villages of Brunswick Forest. Dr. O’Malley is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, NY. He completed his residency at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He received his fellowship from Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia in Sports Medicine, during which he worked with the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team, the Philadelphia Flyers professional hockey team and the Virginia Slims Tennis Tournament.

In Wilmington, Dr. O’Malley has worked as team physician for the Seattle Mariners AA baseball team (Port City Roosters), the Wilmington Sharks baseball team, the Carolina Stars football team, Topsail High School and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has also earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He has practiced orthopedic surgery since 1993 and joined EmergeOrtho in 1999.

Dr. O’Malley specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, total joint replacement, and general orthopedic surgery. He is fully certified in Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for total knee replacement, as well as the ROSA Knee System.

He is an avid tennis player, runner and enjoys spending time with his four children.

Physicians who are Mako and/or ROSA certified are credentialed and able to perform surgery at any of the regional facilities that have these robotic-assisted surgery systems, including but not limited to: Brunswick Surgery Center in Leland, NC; Novant Health (formerly New Hanover Regional Medical Center) in Wilmington, NC; and Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, NC.


  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
  • Medical School: Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, NY
  • Residency: State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Fellowship: Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia in Sports Medicine
  • Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine


  • Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


  • Phi Beta Kappa


Hospital Affiliations

  • Novant Health Orthopedic Hospital
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Doctor O'Malley has previously operated on my knee, shoulder and now my elbow. All are better than new. His most previous surgery on my elbow resulted in ZERO post-op pain. I cannot say enough good about Dr. O'Malley, his bedside manners and his incredible skills as a surgeon. And of course Joe Ellender, PA and the rest of the staff at EmergeOrtho that kept things running smoothly. I highly recommend Dr. O'Malley and his staff if you are facing these types of surgeries.

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They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

Ronnie W


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