Top Orthopedic Leader Joins Nationally Ranked Program

02.12.2018 Atrium Health News | Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Claude “T.” Moorman, III, named President ofAtrium Health’s Musculoskeletal Institute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, named Claude “T.” Moorman, III, MD as the new president of Atrium Health’s musculoskeletal institute and The Edward N. Hanley, Jr. Endowed Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The musculoskeletal institute consists of nationally recognized providers who perform advanced procedures across the system bringing together services for orthopaedics, sports medicine and spine for the benefit of education, research and patient care.

Moorman was previously the executive director of the James R. Urbaniak Sports Sciences Institute at Duke University Medical Center, professor and vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and head team physician for Duke University Athletics.

“T is a gracious and innovative leader, with an unquestioned commitment to ensuring patients receive high-quality care as well as education and national research, which will help to grow and shape what our system provides to our patients,” Atrium Health’s Chief Physician Executive Roger Ray, MD said. “We are honored to have him at the helm of our nationally ranked program.”

Throughout his career, Moorman has married his deep-rooted passion for sports with his medical expertise. After more than two decades with over a dozen teams, Moorman has considerable experience providing medical care to NFL, collegiate and high school athletic teams. He founded the sports medicine program at the University of Maryland, serving as the director of Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center from 1996 to 2001, acting as a team doctor for the Baltimore Ravens and University of Maryland Athletics.

Moorman is a leader in advancing treatments for shoulder and knee reconstructions with special interest in multiple ligament knee injury and regenerative medicine. He has had more than 150 publications and his research has been honored with numerous honors including the Neer Award and Excellence in Research award for innovations in shoulder reconstruction.

“It is a tremendous honor to succeed Dr. Ed Hanley who has built an excellent platform for the Department of Orthopedics success over the past 28 years,” Moorman said. “I look forward to the opportunity to expand on his work with my new teammates from the many disciplines within Atrium Health, and the esteemed programs and colleagues in and around the Charlotte region to build a world-class program for all our patients.”

Atrium Health’s orthopaedic program includes innovative clinical research and features one of the top residency programs in the country. The residency education and training program has long been a combined effort of Carolinas HealthCare System’s department of orthopedic surgery,

OrthoCarolina and Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. OrthoCarolina clinical faculty educate residents in the disciplines of hand, sports medicine, adult reconstruction, foot and ankle surgery and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.  Both OrthoCarolina and Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates are involved in the education of residents in spine surgery.

“We are excited about the future and look forward to continued education of residents within the Musculoskeletal Institute,” OrthoCarolina Chief Executive Officer Bruce Cohen, MD said.

The orthopaedic faculty from Atrium Health lead the way in limb-lengthening surgeries, using the latest technology to treat and preserve function for orthopaedic oncology patients and creating new standards of care through the Carolinas Trauma Network Research Center of Excellence. Carolinas Medical Center, a part of Atrium Health, is recognized as the “Best Hospital” in the Charlotte Metro region by U.S. News & World Report, with orthopaedics as one of the specialties ranked among the top 50 programs in their respective fields in the nation.

A former Blue Devil football letterman at Duke University, Moorman graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1987. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1991. Moorman is a native of Concord, N.C. and his step-father Sidney Fortney, MD, was a physician at Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast, at the time named Cabarrus County Hospital.

About Atrium Health

Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.