Photo: Philip G. McDowell, Jr., M.D.

Philip G. McDowell, Jr., M.D.

Joint Replacement, Joint Revision, Knee, Orthopaedic Trauma, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Frequenting the doctor’s office at a young age for injuries he sustained playing sports, Dr. Philip McDowell wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon for as long as he can remember. After graduating with distinction from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. McDowell attended The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine on the Gooch Merit Scholarship. He then returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery.

As a general orthopedist, Dr. McDowell enjoys restoring function and returning patients to their desired lifestyles. His professional interests within the field include sports medicine, particularly knee and shoulder arthroscopy, total joint arthroplasty, and trauma.

Dr. McDowell is a native of East Tennesseans and has three sons, twin boys Jack and Charlie and a third son, Hank. In his spare time, Dr. McDowell enjoys being with his family—including a golden retriever. He also likes running and playing golf and basketball. Another favorite pastime is attending sporting events of all types.

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  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1998
  • Doctor of Medicine: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, TN, 2002

Internship & Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002 – 2007

Began Practice at University Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 2007

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at the College of Medicine - Knoxville

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • University of North Carolina Orthopaedic Alumni Association

Hospital Affiliations

  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
  • Fort Sanders West
  • Parkwest Medical Center
  • Parkwest Surgery Center
  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Recent Awards

  • 2007 Resident Research Award at UNC for his research on ACL injuries in females
  • “Dr. McDowell explained the surgery process and what to expect in terms that I could understand; he took the time to listen to my concerns with the recovery process, which was a pleasant experience.”
    – Kenny F.