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Paul J. Kerner, MD

Paul J. Kerner, MD

Foot & Ankle, Sports Medicine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Triangle Region

Brier Creek
Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

After completing residency at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Dr. Kerner completed a comprehensive Sports Medicine/Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction Fellowship at the Insall, Scott, Kelly Institute in New York. At ISK, he trained under and assisted the Team Physicians for the NY Yankees, NY Knicks, NJ Nets, and NY Liberty. In the four years after ISK, Dr. Kerner practiced in the Capital District of Upstate NY. In 2007-08, Dr. Kerner completed the Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Brown University in Providence, RI where he gained expertise in reconstructive, traumatic, and sports injuries to the foot and ankle.

Dr. Kerner has been with EmergeOrtho since 2008. He is one of the few surgeons in the Triangle area to have fellowship training in two orthopedic subspecialties.

Since moving to the Triangle in 2008, Dr. Kerner has been Team Physician for several Wake County High Schools. He is an Orthopedic Consultant to Campbell University and The Durham Bulls. He is currently the Team Physician for the USA Mens U-19 National Lacrosse Team.

Dr. Kerner’s focus is on sports injuries, trauma and reconstructive procedures involved the foot, ankle, knee and shoulder. His multidisciplinary training places him in a unique position to offer comprehensive orthopedic care to athletes and all patients alike.

Dr. Kerner is active in coaching youth lacrosse at the rec and travel club level. He is married to Dr. Nicole Kerner, a practicing OB/GYN at Duke University and has three children, Benjamin, Adrianna and Zachary.

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  • Undergraduate Education: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Residency: MCP/Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship:
    • Insall Scott Kelly Institute, New York, NY, Shoulder and Knee Reconstruction
    • Brown University, Providence, RI, Foot and Ankle Reconstruction


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Associate Professor, Campbell University School of Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Kerner made a cortisone shot (almost) painless! I highly recommend this practice.

Kayleigh M


Dr. Kerner was great at explaining the issues he determined from MRI. I understood them and he welcomed questions. Can’t ask for better.

David D


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