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Ryan K. Takenaga, MD, MA

Ryan K. Takenaga, MD, MA

General Orthopedics

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill

Dr. Takenaga attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied business economics. After two years in the business world, he pursued a master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and then started a Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

A passion to serve those in need prompted him to leave academic philosophy and pursue a career in medicine. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then completed orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During residency, Dr. Takenaga performed research, published articles, and presented at meetings on topics such as fragility fractures and the long-term outcomes of total hip arthroplasty.

Prior to joining EmergeOrtho, Dr. Takenaga practiced orthopedic surgery in Toledo, Ohio. He enjoys working with patients with general orthopedic problems and has developed broad clinical interests and experience. This includes sports medicine, with an emphasis on arthroscopic techniques, such as ACL reconstruction, meniscus surgery, and rotator cuff and labral repair. It also includes joint replacement surgery, focusing on hip, knee and shoulder replacements. He also performs common hand procedures, such as carpal tunnel and trigger finger releases, tendon repair, and treats fractures of the upper and lower extremities.

Dr. Takenaga’s patients and their family members are regularly impressed with his caring nature and excellent bedside manner. His compassion and empathy, combined with knowledge of operative and non-operative treatment options, make him well equipped to treat patients’ comprehensive musculoskeletal issues. He strives to work together with patients to help them achieve an active lifestyle and improved quality of life.

Dr. Takenaga resides in Durham with his wife, Nancy, and their son, Dylan, and two daughters, Sophie and Lizzy. They enjoy youth sports, camping, the Carolina beaches, and exploring local eateries and attractions. Together, they have also gone on medical mission trips to Kijabe, Kenya and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Graduate: Biola University
  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


  • Patients’ Choice Award (2017, 2018, 2020)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2017, 2018, 2020)


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

I would recommend Dr. Takenaga and EmergeOrtho in Roxboro. I fell and broke my humerus and had to have surgery. Dr. Takenaga and all the staff all the way to physical therapy were great. They all were extremely nice and after a couple of visits, they knew who I was by name. It was great to have such a competent and friendly staff. I am still healing slowly but they are taking great care of me!

Mitzy W


I’m rating Dr. Takenaga 5 stars because since I first started seeing him on Sept 2018 under his care he has an awesome bedside manner, super rapport, always putting you first in your concerns, take his time the best he can to make sure he doesn’t walk out the door to his exam room before wishing you well and call him if you have an emergency or more concerns later! I wish the VA could have doctors like him!

Richard C


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