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

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

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Frequenting the doctor’s office at a young age for injuries he sustained playing sports, Dr. Philip McDowell wanted to be an orthopedic 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 orthopedic 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 and his wife, Andrea, are native East Tennesseans and have 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.


  • 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

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

Began Practice at University Orthopedic Surgeons

  • 2007

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009

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 is a confident, compassionate surgeon. He answered every question we had, explained the procedure for the surgery in terms we understood. We are thankful to have received the recommendation to consult him.”
– Theresa D.
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