Dr. Paul J. Kerner

As one of the few surgeons in the Triangle Area that is fellowship-trained in two orthopedic subspecialties, Dr. Paul Kerner is able to address a variety of foot and ankle and sports medicine conditions and injuries, including performing both lower and upper extremity surgery.

His experience includes time served as the team physician for the USA Men’s U-19 National Lacrosse Team, and as an orthopedic consultant to Campbell University and The Durham Bulls. He also routinely diagnosed and treated players in his role as the past team physician for several Wake County High Schools.

Educational Background and Services

Dr. Kerner completed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Following, he earned a comprehensive Sports Medicine/Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction Fellowship at the Insall Scott Kelly® (ISK) Institute in New York. At ISK, he trained under and assisted the team physicians for the New York Yankees, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and New York Liberty.

Dr. Kerner began his career practicing in the Capital District of Upstate New York. From there, he went on to earn a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Here, Dr. Kerner acquired experience in reconstructive, traumatic, and sports injuries to the foot and ankle.

As a highly-qualified, board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physician, Dr. Kerner is able to provide personalized treatment and advanced surgical approaches to address a number of conditions, which include:

  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Foot arthritis
  • Knee Ligament injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tears

To help treat the conditions above (and others). Dr. Kerner provides patients with the following:

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Lower and upper extremity surgery

When he is not helping patients, you can find Dr. Kerner coaching youth lacrosse at the rec and travel club level and enjoying time with his family.


  • Undergraduate education: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Medical school: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Residency: MCP/Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship:
    • Insall Scott Kelly Institute, New York, NY, Shoulder and Knee Reconstruction
    • Brown University, Providence, RI, Foot and Ankle Reconstruction


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Associate Professor, Campbell University School of Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

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

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