Robert E. Boykin, MD

Robert E. Boykin, MD

Sports Medicine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Blue Ridge Region

Asheville - Livingston

Dr. Boykin specializes in rehabilitation, prevention and restoring joint function to help ensure patients will continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. He treats shoulder, knee and hip disorders and has been fellowship-trained as a sports medicine surgeon. Dr. Boykin performs cutting edge surgery of the shoulder including rotator cuff repair, labral repair, biceps tendon repair, and shoulder replacement. In addition, he performs joint preservation surgery for the knee and hip including the treatment of anterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscal tears, cartilage injury, labral tears of the hip, and femoroacetabular impingement.

In addition, he has been extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and presented extensive research results at international meetings. He serves as a team physician for the US men’s and women’s alpine ski team and as a consultant to the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation for hip research in tennis players. He and his team currently serve as the medical providers for Warren Wilson College, North Buncombe High School, and Madison High School.

A South Carolina native, Dr. Boykin earned a Morehead Scholarship and graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While in medical school at Vanderbilt University, he was elected president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and vice-president of his class. He completed his internship and residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as administrative chief resident for the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston. While in Boston he assisted with care of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins.

Dr. Boykin has received extensive subspecialty training in sports medicine, knee, shoulder, and hip arthroscopy at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. In addition, he worked with numerous professional athletes and traveled with the US Ski Team. After fellowship, he traveled to Annecy, France, where he completed additional training in advanced shoulder surgery at the Alps Surgery Institute.

Outside of work, Dr. Boykin enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid tennis player. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, running, and mountain biking. He lives with his wife and children in Asheville.

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  • Undergraduate: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Harvard Orthopedics Combined Residency Program
  • Fellowship: Alps Surgery Institute, Annecy, France, The Steadman Clinic / Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado,


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Harvard Orthopedics Student Research Fellowship: Proteomic Analysis of Synovial Fluid, Harvard
  • Highest Distinction: BS Biology, University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa: University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2002
  • Biology Honors Recipient: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2002
  • Morehead Scholarship (Full): University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1998-2002
  • Coca-Cola National Scholar: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1998-2002
  • Wendy’s High School Heisman Finalist: Wilson Hall School. Sumter, South Carolina, 1998


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)
Dr. Robert Boykin Featured in Business North Carolina Magazine

Dr. Robert Boykin Featured in Business North Carolina Magazine

Blue Ridge Region

Fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Robert E. Boykin, M.D., was recently featured in Business North Carolina magazine.

Dr. Boykin Teaches the Next Generation of Surgeons

Dr. Boykin Teaches the Next Generation of Surgeons

Blue Ridge Region

Dr. Boykin served as faculty at a meeting on August 30th, 2017 in Andover, Mass where he had the opportunity to teach the current orthopedic sports medicine fellows from across the country on arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgery of the hip, shoulder, and knee. The Wider Scope of Arthroscopy is an annual course sponsored by Smith and Nephew...

Use of Biologic Treatments in Orthopedic Surgery

Use of Biologic Treatments in Orthopedic Surgery

Blue Ridge Region

Dr. Robert Boykin served as a co-author on a peer reviewed publication examining the use of biologic treatments to enhance outcomes in orthopedic surgery. The team consisted of an international group of experts on the use of biologics and reviewed the current literature on platelet rich plasma (PRP) and different types of mesenchymal stem cells...

Very understanding, attentive to my needs, thorough and took all the time I needed. Explained everything in a way I understood.

Beth H


His perseverance and expertise has given me a shoulder that is better than the one I had at 25. I recommend Dr. Boykin to everyone I know who's afflicted with shoulder pain. The man is dedicated to his patients' repairs.

Richard S


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.