Dr. Messina, 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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Douglas F. Messina, MD

Dr. Messina is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, as well as total joint replacements of the knee and hip. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery. He has been with CSM since 1997.

An athlete himself, Dr. Messina takes great pride in helping athletes and active persons of all ages return to their pre-injury levels of activity. He has extensive experience treating athletes at the college and professional levels and serves as team physician for several southeastern North Carolina high school athletic teams, including the 2014-2017 state football champion Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs. Dr. Messina competes in triathlons and is an avid tennis player and golfer. He is married and has 3 children.


  • B.S., Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MD, University of Florida College of Medicine


  • University of Florida College of Medicine


  • Sports Medicine and Adult Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas San Antonio

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • New Hanover/Pender County Medical Society
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Southern Orthopedic Association