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Thomas Kelso, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kelso is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been in practice since 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Virginia Tech and completed his medical education at the University of Maryland. Prior to attending medical school he studied the effects of exercise on muscle metabolism and received his Ph.D. from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He conducted research and published numerous scientific articles before entering orthopedic practice full time. Dr. Kelso received his orthopedic training at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. While on active duty he served for two years as the medical officer aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS Virginia. After completing orthopedic residency he became a member of the teaching faculty at the Naval Medical Center Orthopedic Department where he was Director of Residency Research. During this period he also served as orthopedic surgeon for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

In 2000 Dr. Kelso left military service and practiced for ten years in Springfield, Missouri at Mercy-St. John’s Hospital, a level I trauma center.  During this period he was also a team physician for Missouri State University and the Springfield Cardinals baseball team, the AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

He currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and is a full-time practicing partner in the Wilmington division of EmergeOrtho where he helps patients with arthritic joints and sports related injuries. 

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