Dr. Fortun, Wilmington, NC | Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists

We are happy to announce that Doug Messina, MD, and Shawn Fitzgerald, PA-C, are now seeing patients at our Oak Island satellite office, along with Dr. Fortun!

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Chad M. Fortun, MD

Chad M. Fortun, MD is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who provides comprehensive orthopedic care from non-operative orthopedic injuries to cutting-edge joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Fortun joined Carolina Sports Medicine in 2015. Dr. Fortun was recently an invited faculty member at the "The Wider Scope of Arthroscopy-Fellows Course" in Chicago.

Arthroscopic Specialist

Having spent an additional year of training in sports medicine, he enjoys taking care of athletes of all levels and ages and specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle to optimize his patients’ level of function with less pain and a faster recovery. Additionally, Dr. Fortun brings specialized training and interest in hip preservation surgery through the use of surgical hip dislocation and hip arthroscopy.

From Physical Therapist to Medical School

Prior to attending medical school Dr. Fortun practiced as a licensed physical therapist. He believes that this experience provides him with a unique perspective in treating patients with non-operative conditions and understanding the post-operative needs of his surgical patients.

After moving on from a successful physical therapy practice Dr. Fortun attended the prestigious Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He earned numerous accolades and scholarships, filled leadership and service roles, and graduated at the top of his class. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Case Western Residency & Research Accolades

After graduation, Dr. Fortun continued his education completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University. He trained with world-renowned experts and published multiple articles in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He received various awards for his research and his work was presented at numerous national and international conferences. While at Case Western, the hospital provided coverage for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as well as many high school and college athletes.

Year of Specialized Training & Pro Athlete Patient Care

Dr. Fortun completed an additional year of specialized training in sports medicine, arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery at the world renowned Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI). He continued to be involved in research, publishing book chapters focusing on hip arthroscopy and articles on shoulder instability and rotator cuff repair. Working with athletes at all levels, he covered local high schools and colleges and cared for professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA.

Apart From Work

Dr. Fortun, his wife Kate, and their 2 children have happily settled in Wilmington. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Fortun enjoys traveling, church, golf, basketball, skiing/snowboarding, volleyball, and following both collegiate and professional athletics.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • New Hanover/Pender County Medical Society
  • North Carolina Medical Society