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Headshot of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Douglas R. Turgeon
Headshot of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Douglas R. Turgeon

Ashe Memorial Hospital Opens Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

JEFFERSON, N.C. — Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Ashe Memorial Hospital’s newest clinic, is now open and accepting patients.

Our provider, Dr. Douglas R. Turgeon, is a dual board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with more than 35 years of experience in general orthopaedic surgery, including sports medicine and adult reconstruction (total joint replacement).

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Douglas Turgeon to our team,” Ashe Memorial Hospital CEO Brian Yates said. “Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine will provide our patients with access to high-quality orthopaedic care close to home. We're pleased to bring this needed service line back to our community."

Located on the campus of Ashe Memorial Hospital, Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality care, offering a full range of orthopaedic and sport medicine treatment options.
As a dual board-certified physician, Dr. Turgeon is able to focus on the musculoskeletal system while also adding additional approaches such as lifestyle modifications and physical training to ensure his patients receive the best possible care. His extensive training allows him to offer surgical, non-surgical and lifestyle treatment plans all at Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.

Dr. Turgeon earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., in 1985. He completed a flexible internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, the same clinic where he was born, in 1990. Dr. Turgeon has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, International Cartilage Repair & Joint Preservation Society and American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, among others.

With more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Turgeon offers an advanced level of orthopaedic knowledge and care, both from continued study in Board Maintenance of Certification and from decades of hands-on experience. Dr. Turgeon treats a wide range of injuries and musculoskeletal problems, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and ankle. His specialties include: general orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, adult reconstruction (total joint replacement of knee, hip and shoulder), arthroscopy (knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle), regenerative chondroplasty and trauma and fracture care, among other areas.

“My average patient isn’t so average,” Dr. Turgeon said. “I know how hard it is to start an orthopaedic service and build a program. We want to keep the momentum going as we grow our department and for the community to look at us as a community sports medicine and orthopaedic clinic that is here to take care of you and your needs. It’s okay to stay here. We’re your neighbors and we’re here for you.”

Prior to joining Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Dr. Turgeon owned his own orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine practice in Dallas for more than 18 years and has also worked as an orthopaedic & sports medicine surgeon for Texas Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Group (NBA Dallas Mavericks) and served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, La., where he rebuilt that department and worked with Dr. Shane Barton at LSU Health Shreveport teaching senior residents. He is still an active adjunct assistant professor for orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at both LSU Health Shreveport and Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. In addition, Dr. Turgeon the third team physician for Major League Rugby’s NOLA Gold, along with two other orthopaedic surgeons from Tulane Institute for Sports Medicine.

In his current role, Dr. Turgeon will be work alongside Ashe Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department in providing care for students in Ashe County Schools and Oak Hill Academy.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Turgeon join our team here at Ashe Memorial Hospital and be the primary provider for Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine,” said Dustin Absher, director of rehabilitation services for Ashe Memorial Hospital. “Dr. Turgeon's dedication to improving the lives of patients aligns perfectly with our mission as a hospital along with our vision for established partnerships with Ashe County Schools and Oak Hill Academy for sports medicine needs. As an Ashe County native, I am excited to witness the positive impact that Dr. Turgeon will undoubtedly bring to our hospital and the residents of Ashe County in the near future.”

In his new role, Dr. Turgeon will diagnose and treat a wide variety of orthopaedic and sports medicine conditions, whether injuries that require non-operative or minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as fractures, meniscus or ligament tears or joint replacements, general injuries such as concussions, sprains and damaged tendon and ligaments and chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.

Ashe Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 336-846-0222 or visit

About Ashe Memorial Hospital
For more than 80 years, Ashe Memorial Hospital’s dedicated team of board certified physicians, nurses and staff members have provided the highest quality medical care available to the people of Ashe County and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Ashe Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of emergency, elective, rehabilitation and preventative health services.

Founded in 1941, Ashe Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited 25 bed critical hospital located in Jefferson, N.C. For more information, please visit or call 336-846-7101.