Josh L. Hudgens, MD

Josh L. Hudgens, MD


Triangle Region

North Carolina Specialty Hospital

Dr. Josh Hudgens is a native of Georgia, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He then completed his Orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI.

Following residency he underwent advanced training, completing a Shoulder and Elbow surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During his time in fellowship, he focused on advanced and complex shoulder repair and reconstruction. He also spent time as a visiting clinician at the Roth MacFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center in London, Ontario, Canada. As one of the premier upper extremity centers in North America, Dr. Hudgens gained additional exposure there to advanced shoulder and elbow surgical techniques.

Dr. Hudgens has a passion for shoulder surgery and specializes in both arthroscopic (minimally invasive) as well as open procedures to treat the full spectrum of shoulder problems, including shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, trauma/fractures and instability. He also has a special interest in complex shoulder conditions and procedures including bone loss, revision shoulder replacement, failed rotator cuff repairs, as well as irreparable tendon tears.

The part of his job that he enjoys the most is seeing patients recover the function and use of their arm, whether that be returning to competitive sports or simply regaining the ability to get their arm overhead without pain.


  • Medical College of Georgia, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Michigan, Orthopedic Surgery Resident 
  • Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center, London ON
  • John Hopkins University, Shoulder and Elbow Fellow

Specialties & Services

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