Thomas B. Kelso II, MD, PhD
Thomas B. Kelso II, MD, PhD

Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

Coastal Region

Leland – Brunswick Forest

Dr. Thomas Kelso practices at the Shallotte location and the Brunswick Forest Cutlar Crossing location of EmergeOrtho. He earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and completed his medical education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He received his Fellowship from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Prior to attending medical school, he studied the effects of exercise on muscle metabolism and received his Ph.D. from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He conducted research and authored or co-authored numerous research articles before entering orthopedic practice full time.

Dr. Kelso received his orthopedic training at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. While in the Navy, he served for two years as the Medical Officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser, USS Virginia. After completing his orthopedic residency, he was a member of the teaching staff at the Naval Medical Center and Director of Orthopedic Residency Research. During this period he also served as the orthopedic surgeon for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Dr. Kelso left the Navy in 2000 and practiced for ten years in Springfield, Missouri at St. John’s Hospital, a level I trauma center. While practicing at St. John’s, Dr. Kelso received extensive experience in caring for orthopedic trauma patients.

During this time he was also a team orthopedic surgeon for Missouri State University and the Springfield Cardinals baseball team (the AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals). In addition, he served as the chairman of the St. John’s orthopedic group. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Kelso specializes in joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He has particular interests in shoulder, hip, and knee replacement surgeries, including direct anterior total hip replacement and reverse total shoulder surgery. He also has extensive experience in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery and is certified in robotic total knee replacement surgery utilizing both the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery and ROSA Knee System.

Dr. Kelso is affiliated and performs inpatient and outpatient surgery at Dosher Memorial Hospital and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. Dr. Kelso is an owner of the Brunswick Surgery Center, LLC where he performs outpatient orthopedic surgery.

Physicians who are Mako and/or ROSA certified are credentialed and able to perform surgery at any of the regional facilities that have these robotic-assisted surgery systems, including but not limited to: Brunswick Surgery Center in Leland, NC; Novant Health (formerly New Hanover Regional Medical Center) in Wilmington, NC; and Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, NC.

Read More


  • Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Graduate: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Doctoral Degree: Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency: Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA


  • Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine


Northern Brunswick Forest Office Offers Fourteen Specialists and Exceptional Services

Northern Brunswick Forest Office Offers Fourteen Specialists and Exceptional Services

Coastal Region

Get expert care at EmergeOrtho in Northern Brunswick Forest with 14 specialists, advanced facilities, and same-day appointments.

Leading the Way with Orthobiologics for Arthritis, Tendonitis & Pain from Sports Injuries

Leading the Way with Orthobiologics for Arthritis, Tendonitis & Pain from Sports Injuries

Coastal Region

As part of our commitment to providing our patients with the most proven, as well as most promising, treatments, EmergeOrtho specialists stay up to date with new advancements in orthopedic procedures and treatments. In fact, we often lead the way in expertise and train fellow physicians on the latest techniques and devices. Recently, innovations in...

Dr. Kelso is a warm and empathetic physician. He not only cares about you, he cares about YOU!

Thomas Kelso Review


They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

Ronnie W


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.