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Richard W. Rutherford, MD

Richard W. Rutherford, MD

Joint Replacement

Triangle Region


Dr. Richard W. Rutherford is a 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 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: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Medical school: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Residency: Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
  • Fellowship: Colorado Joint Replacement, Denver, CO

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.

This was the best experience with a medical office I've ever had. I was a walk-in and within 10 minutes I was seeing a doctor. (I couldn't even fill out my check-in information before they were already taking me back!) The support staff was amazing and Dr. Rutherford is the man! He was nice, thorough, and answered all of my questions. Thankful I found this place, I'd give them 10 stars if I could!

Katy M


Dr. Rutherford and his staff have been wonderful to work with. They answer my questions, ask about my concerns and really care about my wellness. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Rutherford and the staff of Emerge Orthopedics.

Rodney H


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