W. Taylor Harris, MD
W. Taylor Harris, MD

Sports Medicine

Board Eligible in Orthopedic Surgery

Blue Ridge Region

Asheville - Livingston

Dr. W. Taylor Harris is an orthopedic sports medicine doctor and hip specialist who is part of the EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region Sports Medicine team.

With fellowships in sports medicine, hip preservation, and arthroscopy; certifications in total knee and total hip arthroplasty; and experience as a Clemson University varsity football player, Dr. Harris is uniquely positioned and qualified to provide patients with innovative treatments and personal care. When not helping Blue Ridge Region patients, he enjoys snow skiing, Buffalo wings, Clemson University sports, golf, exercise, and Formula 1 racing.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Harris received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. His orthopedic residency was spent at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. As an orthopedic sports medicine doctor, he has completed two orthopedic fellowships: one in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL, and the other for hip arthroscopy/preservation at the American Hip Institute in Chicago, IL. Combined with his Stryker Mako certifications in total knee and hip arthroplasty, Dr. Harris brings the most innovative treatments and techniques to EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region.


Sports Medicine Service: Shoulder

Sports Medicine Service: Hip

Injuries and Conditions Treated

Hip and Knee Surgical Treatments


  • Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
  • Orthopedic Residency: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN
  • Orthopedic Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL
  • Orthopedic Fellowship: American Hip Institute, Chicago, IL

Honors and Awards

  • ASMI Fellow Research Award–Basic Science
  • Orthopaedic In-Training Academic Achievement Award–University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society–University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Fullerton Scholar–University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Phi Beta Kappa–Clemson University
  • Department of Biological Sciences Faculty GPA Award–Clemson University

Publications and Presentations

Doty, Jesse, and Wallace Harris. “Hallux Valgus Deformity and Treatment.” Foot and Ankle Clinics, vol. 23, no. 2, 2018, pp. 271-280., doi:10.1016/j.fcl.2018.01.007.

Bailey, L. B., Thigpen, C. A., Hawkins, R. J., Beattie, P. F., & Shanley, E. (2017). Effectiveness of Manual Therapy and Stretching for Baseball Players With Shoulder Range of Motion Deficits. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 9(3), 230-237. doi:10.1177/1941738117702835

ASMI Fellowship Lectures

Andrews Sports Medicine Institute—Birmingham, AL:


  • Cervical Spine Injuries, Meniscal Repair: When to take and when to keep?
  • Shoulder/Elbow Arthroplasty

Grand Rounds Presentations

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN:

  • Tarsal Navicular Stress Fractures
  • Chronic Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Community and Coverage

  • ASMI 39th Annual Injuries in Baseball Course, Faculty Member, Birmingham, AL
  • Samford University Team Physician
  • Wrestlemania (WWE) Team Physician, Tampa, FL
  • Alabama Ballet Dance Company Team Physician, Birmingham, AL
  • Hustle Up 7 v 7 Football Tournament Team Physician, Hoover, AL
  • Birmingham Barons Team Physician, Birmingham, AL
  • Mountain Brook High School Team Physician
  • USA Boxing Ringside Physician, Chattanooga, TN
  • Erlanger Sports Medicine Team Physician; Hixson High School-Hixson, TN
  • Clemson University Weightlifting Club President, Clemson, SC
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor, Greenville, SC
  • Ironman Medical Staff, Chattanooga, TN
  • PSBC Middle School Basketball Head Coach, Greenville, SC

Are you suffering from a sports injury or hip problem? Don’t wait. Schedule your appointment with orthopedic sports medicine specialist Dr. Harris at EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region now.

EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

Michelle M


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.