Dr. J. Mack Aldridge III

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. J. Mack Aldridge serves as Chairman of the Board for North Carolina Specialty Hospital. Dr. Aldridge is a top micro-surgeon, recognized as the best in the area, specializing in orthopedic conditions and disorders affecting the hand and upper extremity. From carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis to trigger finger, ganglion cysts, and more, Dr. Aldridge is highly skilled and experienced in providing subspecialty orthopedic treatment.

Dr. Aldridge routinely performs a variety of arm, elbow, hand, and wrist surgeries for North Carolina Specialty Hospital. This includes brachial plexus injury reconstruction and endoscopic carpal tunnel release (as two of many upper-extremity focused procedures).

Education and Certification

Dr. Aldridge obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Aldridge then completed an additional year of subspecialty fellowship training in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery at Duke University Medical Center.

For four years, Dr. Aldridge served as assistant professor on the Duke Orthopedic staff as well as Chief of Orthopedics at the Durham VAMC, where he devoted countless hours towards research and teaching.

In addition to being certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Aldridge has received his certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Hand Surgery. He is the former president of the North Carolina Orthopedic Association, the Duke Hand Society, and the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand.

His extensive training and expertise enable Dr. Aldridge address a wide range of orthopedic conditions, which include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Nerve injuries
  • Complex upper extremity fractures

To help treat the conditions above (and others), Dr. Aldridge routinely performs:

  • Hand surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Brachial plexus injury reconstruction
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Currently, Dr. Aldridge is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopedic Association, the Piedmont Orthopedic Society, the Bassett Orthopedic Society, the Southeastern Hand Society, the Shoulder and Elbow Society, and the prestigious American Orthopedic Association.

Teaching and Recognition

Dr. Aldridge was appointed as one of America’s Best Physicians and elected to Best Doctors® (six consecutive years). He is also recognized as part of the North Carolina Business Journal’s Best Doctors rankings.

Dr. Aldridge has performed upwards of 80 lectures all over the world. As part of his commitment to teaching, he was the youngest person to receive the faculty teaching award while on staff at Duke University. He has also published chapters in five textbooks and 30 peer-reviewed articles.


  • Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center: Hand/Upper Extremity/Microsurgery Fellowship


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (WFU School of Medicine)
  • Fellowship Director – EmergeOrtho, PA
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Association – Past President
  • North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand – Past President
  • Duke Hand Club – Past President
  • Piedmont Orthopedic Society – Research Grant Review Committee
  • Bassett Orthopedic Society
  • Southeastern Hand Society – Member at Large
  • Southern Orthopedic Association
  • North Carolina Specialty Hospital – Medical Executive Committee, Board Member
  • EmergeOrtho– Medical Executive Committee
  • Arthritis Foundation North Carolina (Local Advisory Board Member)
  • Piedmont Orthopedic Foundation – Vice President

Request an appointment with Dr. Aldridge now. Or, call us at (919) 220-5255 any time to speak with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member.

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