North Carolina Orthopaedic Association

North Carolina Orthopaedic AssociationMission of the NCOA

The mission of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) is to advance the science and practice of Orthopaedic surgery through education and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners, with emphasis on overall quality Orthopaedic health care for the state of North Carolina.

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2024 NCOA Annual Meeting - save the date! Oct. 25-27

Save the date for the 2024 NCOA Annual Meeting!

October 25-27, 2024

Be sure to mark your calendar today for next year's meeting, to be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel and stay tuned for more details!

Exhibitors: Interested in learning more about this meeting? Please contact Kerry Kendall.



Thank you to all who attended the 2023 NCOA Annual Meeting!

Photo of Dr. Michael Martin at a podiumWe extend out gratitude to everyone who joined us at the 2023 NCOA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the 2023 Eastern Orthopaedic Association’s Annual Meeting in Charleston.  The event brought together 500 orthopaedic surgeons from across the East Coast, including 80 of our esteemed NC members.

At the meeting, the NCOA Board of Directors convened and a member business Photo of Dr. Dickson Schaefer receiving a plaque for his service as president from incoming president Dr. Michael Marushackmeeting took place.  Dr. David Martin, the current Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physician and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, was honored with the 2023 NCOA Honored Surgeon Award.  NCOA President, Dr. Dickson Schaefer, had the privilege of presenting the award to Dr. Martin.

Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Michael Marushack, the newly elected 2024 NCOA President.  Marushack practices at EmergeOrtho in Wilmington.


Save the date for 2024 NCMS LEAD Conference and Gala

November 1-2, 2024
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC - Learn more at

Join the North Carolina Medical Society at the Grandover Resort for a celebration of our 175th anniversary!

Please contact Kerry Kendall if your organization is interested in exhibiting at this event


Gray podcast iconSeptember 2022:  Dr. Oke Anakwenze on the upcoming NCOA 2022 Annual Meeting
NCOA lobbyist Connie Wilson talks with orthopaedic surgeon Oke Anakwenze, MD, MBA, who serves as Program Chair for the 2022 Annual Meeting. Get a sneak peak on topics and issues that the meeting will explore. LISTEN NOW
June 2022:  Dr. Claude Jarrett on Medicaid ExpansionGray podcast icon
Connie Wilson discusses Medicaid Expansion with Dr. Claude Jarrett, NC Medical Society Board Member and a Leadership Team member with the NCOA. Hear how he thinks Medicaid Expansion could impact orthopaedics. LISTEN NOW 
May 2022:  Dr. Richard Bruch on the importance of political advocacyGray podcast icon
Listen in as NCOA lobbyist Connie Wilson talks with Dr. Richard Bruch about how he became involved in grassroots advocacy and the importance he places on building relationships with his local legislators and supporting state and national PACs. LISTEN NOW
Gray podcast iconFeb. 2022: Dr. Cynthia Emory on telehealth and preauthorization
NCOA lobbyist Connie Wilson and Dr. Cynthia Emory, Vice-Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, discuss why telehealth licensure and additional flexibility in preauthorization is important to patients in North Carolina.  LISTEN NOW
Gray podcast iconJan. 2022: Listen to the Inaugural NCOA Podcast featuring NCOA President Robert Boykin, MD
NCOA lobbyist Connie Wilson interviews 2022 NCOA President Robert Boykin, MD, regarding the mission of the NCOA and the priorities of the association in the coming year. LISTEN NOW 
Review the latest legislative updates here.

Contact Information

North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
PO Box 27167
222 North Person Street
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone: (919) 833-3836
Fax: (919) 833-2023