Richard W. Rutherford, MD
Richard W. Rutherford, MD

Joint Replacement

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Triangle Region

North Carolina Specialty Hospital

Dr. Richard W. Rutherford is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician specializing in Joint Replacements for the EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region. Examples of services offered by Dr. Rutherford include partial and total knee replacements, robotic-assisted surgery, and the direct anterior surgical approach to the hip. Dr. Rutherford’s goal is to treat each patient as he would a member of his own family.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Rutherford grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina and the Medical College of Georgia. He completed residency training at Duke University Medical Center and is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. Dr. Rutherford completed fellowship training at a high volume, nationally-recognized joint replacement center in Denver, Colorado prior to practicing in Asheville, NC.

As part of Dr. Rutherford’s extensive education, skills, and background, he is able to address a number of orthopedic conditions and injuries, which include:

  • Hip pain
  • Hip arthritis
  • Knee arthritis
  • Meniscus tear

Whether the treatment is conservative or surgical, his goal is to select the best approach for each patient’s particular condition and goals. As previously mentioned, Dr. Rutherford performs a variety of advanced surgical approaches, which include:

  • Joint replacements
  • Robotic surgery


  • Undergraduate: BA, English with Honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
  • Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction Surgery, Colorado Joint Replacement, Denver, CO

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

Request a consultation with Dr. Rutherford 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.