Kelly R. Esposito, MD, MBA
Kelly R. Esposito, MD, MBA

Hand & Wrist, Shoulder

Fellowship Trained in Hand, Upper Extremity & Microvascular Surgery

Coastal Region

Wilmington – Ashton
Leland – Brunswick Forest

A native of Wilmington, Dr. Esposito, MD, MBA returned home to join the surgery team at EmergeOrtho.

Dr. Esposito earned a Bachelor of Arts with the highest distinction in Journalism and Mass Communication and Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then continued her education at Carolina, completing her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration with an enrichment concentration in healthcare.

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., she completed a general and orthopedic surgery internship followed by her orthopedic surgery residency. In 2020, she completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Throughout her education, Dr. Esposito has earned numerous honors and awards, published several articles and conducted research on both the business and patient care sides of medicine, including a study in patient goal achievement at the Spine Center at Dartmouth.

Dr. Esposito is proficient in Spanish, having studied abroad in Central and South America, as well as serving as a Spanish interpreter at a seasonal clinic for migrant farmworkers and a student-run clinic while in medical school. She has been active in many community service organizations, both domestically and abroad, including tutoring school children in North Carolina and volunteering at a medical clinic in Nairobi, Kenya.

As an undergraduate, she was also a member of the UNC varsity women’s soccer team, including the 2006 National Championship squad.

Dr. Esposito sees patients for a wide variety of conditions and injuries, from trigger fingers and carpal tunnel syndrome to complex fractures and arthritic issues.

Dr. Esposito is affiliated and performs inpatient and outpatient orthopedic surgery at Novant Health as well as outpatient orthopedic surgery at Brunswick Surgery Center, LLC.


  • Undergraduate Degrees: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Master of Business Administration: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Internship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Candidate Member
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, Resident Member
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Resident Member


Welcome Home—and to EmergeOrtho—Kelly Esposito, MD, MBA, Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgeon

Welcome Home—and to EmergeOrtho—Kelly Esposito, MD, MBA, Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgeon

Coastal Region

Welcome Kelly Esposito, MD, MBA, to EmergeOrtho! Specializing in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery, she sees patients in our Coastal Region.

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


EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

Michelle M


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.