Robert E. Coles, MD
Robert E. Coles, MD

Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine

Coastal Region

Jacksonville – Country Club
Morehead City – Guardian Avenue

Dr. Robert Coles is a graduate of Harvard University and of Duke University Medical School.

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, he received his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center, where he was chief resident and assistant team physician for both Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Following his residency, he was a sports medicine fellow at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he worked with the U.S. Ski Team.

Dr. Coles has a broad range of knowledge in all types of orthopedic problems, with a particular interest in sports medicine, MAKO robotic surgery, complex knee surgery, ligament reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty, hand surgery, and joint replacement. His expertise as an orthopedic surgeon includes arthroscopic, micro, and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Coles is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North Carolina Orthopedic Association, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Piedmont Orthopedic Society.

His passion for sports medicine has led him to serve as team physician for several local high schools. During his free time, he enjoys fishing and boating with his wife and two sons. He is also an instrument rated pilot and an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner.

Dr. Coles sees patients in Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Swansboro in the coastal region.

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  • Undergraduate: Harvard University
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery: Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Piedmont Orthopedic Society


  • Carteret Health Care
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital
  • The Surgical Center of Morehead City
EmergeOrtho Coastal Region Adds Eight Experienced Physicians in Carteret and Onslow Counties

EmergeOrtho Coastal Region Adds Eight Experienced Physicians in Carteret and Onslow Counties

Coastal Region

Carteret & Onslow Counties — EmergeOrtho Coastal Region is pleased to announce the addition of these eight experienced orthopedic specialists to its comprehensive network serving eastern North Carolina: Thomas Bates, MD; Garlon Campbell, MD; Robert Coles, MD; Earl Frantz, DO; Ashraf Guirgues, MD; Felix Muniz, MD; Randle (Will) Ramsey, DO; and Gary Wertman, DO. They,...

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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.