Winston Gwathmey, MD

Dr. Gwathmey joined the Sports Medicine Division of the University of Virginia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2013. After completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at UVA, he underwent fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. In Boston, he was an assistant team physician for the New England Patriots and also worked closely with the medical staff for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Dr. Gwathmey subsequently obtained additional hip arthroscopy training in Nashville, TN, with Dr. Thomas Byrd who is universally recognized as a pioneer in hip arthroscopy. Dr. Gwathmey specializes in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy of the Shoulder, Hip, and Knee.  This includes the diagnosis and treatment of athletic injuries and conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee, and foot/ankle. He is a team physician for UVA and James Madison University athletics as well as numerous high school teams. He is also active in medical student and resident education winning numerous teaching awards.  He is the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director as well as the Medical Student Clerkship Director.  He is also faculty for the prestigious Miller Orthopaedic Review Course. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presented his research at national conferences including the AAOS, AOSSM, and AANA.  He has authored 30 book chapters, edited numerous Orthopaedic texts, and recently published a book on Hip Arthroscopy.  His research interests include clinical outcomes after shoulder, hip, and knee arthroscopy, biomechanical analysis of the hip and knee joint, and the natural history of femoroacetabular impingement.

Dr. Gwathmey teaching hip arthroscopy at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago

The Hip – User Manual

Dr. Gwathmey discusses the technique of hip arthroscopy

Beyond Orthopaedics

“My wife Kelly, daughter Cate, and son Robert keep me on my toes outside of work.  Our family is thrilled to live here and we enjoy exploring Charlottesville and the beautiful surrounding area.  We are always looking for new things to do and places to see.  We have family in Virginia and North Carolina and try to spend time with them whenever possible.”


Clinic Location:
UVA Orthopaedic Center
2280 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Zion Crossroads Clinic 1015
Spring Creek Pkwy
Zion Crossroads, VA 22942
Mailing Address:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
PO Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Clinic Phone:434.924.2663(Charlottesville)
434.243.9466 (Zion Crossroads)
434.243.5066 (Surgery scheduler)

Administrative Office Phone:434.982.4832
Office Fax:434.244.4454


Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Education
Residency Program Director
Medical Director, University of Virginia Sports Medicine Clinic
Team Physician, University of Virginia Athletics
Team Physician, James Madison University Athletics

Specialty and Subspecialty

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Subspecialty: Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy of the Shoulder, Hip, and Knee


Education: B.A., University of Virginia (2001)
M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School (2007)

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia

Fellowship:Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Hip Arthroscopy, Nashville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center (Dr. Thomas Byrd)

Special Expertise

Athletic injuries of the hip, shoulder, knee, and foot/ankle
Rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability
Knee ligament (ACL) and meniscus/cartilage injury
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and hip labral tears


Top Doctor Award (2019)
Surgeon of the Quarter, UVA OPSC (2019)
Best Bedside Manner Award (2019)
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018)
Surgeon of the Quarter, UVA OPSC (2017)
Charles Miller UVA Resident Teaching Award (2015)
Young Scientist Award (2014)
Mullholland Medical Student Teaching Award (2012)
Administrative Chief Resident, UVA Orthopaedics Residency (2011)
100th Percentile Score, Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (2011)
Resident Leadership Form, American Orthopaedic Association (2011)
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Best Teaching Resident (2010)
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Academic Honor Society (2007)

Certification and Licensure

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery (American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)

Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine)

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