Paul J. Kerner, MD

Foot and Ankle | Reconstruction Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction | Sports Medicine | Trauma

Dr. Kerner has been with EmergeOrtho since 2008. He is one of the few surgeons in the Triangle to have fellowship training in 2 orthopaedic subspecialties. After completing residency at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Dr. Kerner completed a comprehensive Sports Medicine/Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction Fellowship at the Insall, Scott, Kelly Institute in New York. At ISK, he trained under and assisted the Team Physicians for the NY Yankees, NY Knicks, NJ Nets, and NY Liberty. In the 4 years after ISK, Dr. Kerner practiced in the Capital District of Upstate NY. In 2007-08, Dr. Kerner completed the Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Brown University in Providence, RI where he gained expertise in reconstructive, traumatic, and sports injuries to the Foot and Ankle.

Since moving to the Triangle in 2008, Dr. Kerner has been Team Physician for several Wake County High Schools. He is an Orthopaedic Consultant to Campbell University and The Durham Bulls. He is currently the Team Physician for the USA Mens U-19 National Lacrosse Team.

Dr. Kerner’s focus is on sports injuries, trauma and reconstructive procedures involved the Foot, Ankle, Knee and Shoulder. His multidisciplinary training places him in a unique position to offer comprehensive orthopaedic care to athletes and all patients alike.

Dr. Kerner is active in coaching youth lacrosse at the rec and travel club level. He is married to Dr. Nicole Kerner, a practicing OB/GYN at Duke University and has 3 children, Benjamin, Adrianna and Zachary.

  • Undergraduate: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • MCP/Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Insall Scott Kelly Institute, New York,NY, Shoulder and Knee Reconstruction
  • Brown University, Providence, RI, Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Associate Professor, Campbell University School of Medicine

Medicare Certified