Dr. David T. Dellaero

Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. David Dellaero specializes in sports medicine, shoulder, and knee conditions, and injuries. Practicing since 1997, Dr. Dellaero addresses anything from shoulder problems and knee joint issues to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and more. As a top sports medicine specialist in the area, Dr. Dellaero also serves as a team physician for the Durham Bulls Baseball Team.

His extensive knowledge and expertise in advanced surgical approaches enable Dr. Dellaero to provide patients with minimally-invasive surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, and more.

Educational Background, Training, and Services

After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Dellaero earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center. Following, Dr. Dellaero acquired additional fellowship training and engaged in research in sports medicine/arthroscopy, as well as knee and shoulder reconstructive surgery, at the prestigious Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine* (fewer than 600 surgeons in the country have a sports medicine CAQ).

Dr. Dellaero is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

His training and expertise enable Dr. Dellaero to treat a diverse range of orthopedic conditions and disorders, which include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder surgeon
  • Rotator cuff
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Labrum tear
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Knee pain
  • Knee swelling
  • Knee injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Cartilage tear

While Dr. Dellaero prioritizes conservative treatment methods whenever possible, he is widely recognized for his innovative and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. When non-surgical approaches fail to relieve symptoms, Dr. Dellaero provides patients with the following surgical options:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Cartilage repair
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Knee cartilage repair


  • Education: Baylor College of Medicine; Duke University
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation


  • Patients’ Choice Award (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • The On-Time Doctor Award (2016, 2018, 2019)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Patients’ Choice Award – 5 Year Honoree (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Top 10 Doctor-City (2014)
  • Top 10 Doctor-Metro Area (2014)
  • Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1% (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • America’s Most Honored Doctors – Top 1% (2020)


  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America American
  • Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports
  • Medicine American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

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

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