Williams Isbell, MD

William M. Isbell, MD

Dr. Isbell is a board-certified, fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic techniques. Dr. Isbell has authored and co-authored scientific articles and book chapters on various sports related topics including ACL reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, meniscal repair and elbow reconstruction. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroscopy. His clinical and research interests include: arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, the throwing athlete’s shoulder, ACL reconstruction, cartilage transplantation, and shoulder arthroplasty. He is the head team orthopaedist for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Isbell, request an appointment online or call (919) 863-6808.

Team Physician


Dr. Isbell is Proud to be the Head Team Physician for the Carolina Hurricanes. Dr. Isbell has served as the Head Team Physician since 2006.



Additional Team Coverage:

2004- 2006: East Wake High School Athletics

2003: New York Football Giants, Assistant Team Physician

1999- 2002: Henry Clay High School, Football

2001: University of Kentucky, Football

2001: Kentucky State University, Football


1990-94: East Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science: Biology

Medical School

1994-98: James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

Internship & Residency

1998-99: University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Intern in General Surgery

1999-03: University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery


2003-04: Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellow in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery(2003)

Special Procedures & Techniques

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association Of North America
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association