Dr. Karl F. Bowman

As the former team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and several high school and university teams, Dr. Karl F. Bowman is well versed in addressing a variety of orthopedic conditions and injuries. Specializing in sports medicine and shoulder care, Dr. Bowman routinely diagnoses and treats anything from shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff tendon tears to ACL and meniscus tears. His ultimate goal is to help his patients reduce pain, restore range-of-motion, and return to their daily activities.

Education, Skills, and Experience

After completing his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Bowman completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan. During his senior year, he served as chief resident before going on to earn his fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery (at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine).

As previously mentioned, Dr. Bowman was the team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Passion, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, the Pittsburgh marathon, and multiple high schools.

Authoring upwards of 17 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Bowman has also contributed to eight book chapters and has participated in 40 national, regional, and local presentations.

Because of his extensive training and experience as a sports medicine specialist and shoulder expert, Dr. Bowman is able to address:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Separated shoulder
  • Biceps tear
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear
Surgeries and Treatment

To help address the shoulder problems and sports-related conditions and injuries listed above, Dr. Bowman provides patients with the following treatment approaches and surgical procedures:

  • Shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Fracture care
  • Reverse shoulder replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy repair
  • Meniscus repair

During his time off, Dr. Bowman enjoys running and road cycling, competing in regional road races and time trials. He also looks forward to spending time with his wife and children.


  • Undergraduate: BS Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Medical school: Doctor of Medicine with Distinction, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Association (AOA)
  • Orthopedic Research Society (ORS)

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

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