Karl F. Bowman, Jr., MD
Karl F. Bowman, Jr., MD

Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics

Triangle Region

North Carolina Specialty Hospital

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Karl Bowman provides EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region patients with a host of Sports Medicine Services. Formerly, a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dr. Bowman has also served as a physician for multiple high school and university sports teams around the nation. His extensive experience and background allow Dr. Bowman to treat a range of sports medicine conditions and injuries—from rotator cuff tears and separated shoulder to ACL tears and meniscus tears, and more.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Bowman completed both his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then pursued a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan where he served as chief resident during his senior year.

Dr. Bowman continued his training by completing a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine. He has served as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Passion, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, the Pittsburgh marathon, and multiple high schools.

Dr. Bowman has authored over 17 peer-reviewed publications, eight book chapters, and 40 national, regional, and local presentations. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the diagnosis and management of sports medicine-related injuries and conditions, which include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Separated shoulder
  • Biceps tear
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear

In line with the sophisticated subspecialty orthopedic care for which EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region is recognized, some of the treatments provided by Dr. Bowman include:

  • Fracture care
  • Reverse shoulder replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy repair
  • Meniscus repair

Community Connections

An avid runner and road cyclist, Dr. Bowman continues to compete regionally in road races and time trials. He is joined in Clayton and Smithfield by his wife and young children.


  • Undergraduate: BS Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Medical school: Doctor of Medicine with Distinction, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Association (AOA)
  • Orthopedic Research Society (ORS)

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

A New Level Of Orthopedic Care Has Emerged

As our patient, you will benefit from a full range of orthopedic services, specialties and technologies, including physical and hand therapy, advanced imaging services, and urgent care walk-in services providing immediate diagnosis and treatment for urgent orthopedic conditions.