William R. Sutton, MD

William R. Sutton, MD

Sports Medicine

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, CAQ in Sports Medicine

Coastal Region

Wilmington - Ashton

Dr. William Sutton practices in Wilmington at our 2716 Ashton Drive location and in our newest location at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing in the Villages at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He was a Phi Beta Kappa honor undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from which he also received his medical degree. Dr. Sutton completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He then finished his surgical training with a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Georgia. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Sutton is one of the founding partners of EmergeOrtho.

Dr. Sutton’s particular interests are in arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery/reconstruction, knee reconstruction/replacement, hand surgery, foot and ankle procedures, orthobiologic treatments using stem cells and platelets (including platelet rich plasma injection therapy, bone marrow and fat cells) for the treatment of many osteoarthritis conditions and tendinitis conditions.

For twenty-five years, Dr. Sutton served as Head Team Physician for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. He has also served as Director of Sports Medicine for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, Women’s Davis Cup Tennis Championship and the Wilmington Hammerhead Professional Soccer Team. He is Clinical Professor of Surgery for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sutton is part of the global Medical Missions International (MMI) team, an organization dedicated to helping to provide compassionate healthcare to people in need worldwide. He has donated his time and skills in orthopedic surgery by participating in eight trips to the Dominican Republic and has taken domestic and international medical mission trips to Haiti, Ecuador and Kenya.

In his spare time, Dr. Sutton enjoys golfing, water sports, history and spending time with his family.

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  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Residency: Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Fellowship: Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Georgia, in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery


  • Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine


  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • New Hanover Pender Medical Society
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association


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