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Published on February 08, 2021

UNC Lenoir Health Care Introducing Sports Medicine to their Orthopedic Service Line

Dr. Dimitri Thomas

Dimitri Thomas, MD has joined UNC Health Care and UNC Physicians Network to provide care and treatment of sports-related injuries in Lenoir Co and surrounding areas.  A fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Thomas treats all of the musculoskeletal structures that can be affected by training, sports activity, and exercise. He has advanced knowledge of physical conditioning, soft tissue biomechanics, performance and health, and field evaluation. Dr. Thomas will also advise injured athletes, help to coordinate medical and sports activity, educate and counsel on injury prevention, and provide general orthopedic care and surgery.

Common surgical and non-surgical procedures frequently performed within the sports medicine subspecialty include:

• Shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle arthroscopy
• ACL reconstruction
• Arthroplasty
• Cartilage restoration
• Surgical and non-surgical fracture repair
• Tendon repair
• Rotator cuff repair
• Joint injections

Dr. Thomas completed medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX in 2008.  He completed his orthopedics residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX, and his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Missouri.  In 2017, Dr. Thomas was honorably discharged as a Major from the US Army Medical Corps after having served nine years.  Dr. Thomas is joining UNC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Lenoir.

“We are excited to offer this advanced service to our community”, said Robert Enders,

 President and CEO of UNC Lenoir Health Care. “This addition to our surgical services line

further demonstrates our commitment to provide our region with outstanding healthcare. We

are fortunate to have a surgeon of Dr. Thomas’ caliber on our medical staff.”


UNC Lenoir, licensed for 199 beds, is a nonprofit organization serving the Lenoir County area with acute, outpatient, and community health services. The hospital has a 114-year history of providing excellent care to the community.  In addition to general medical, surgical, and obstetrical, and gynecological care, UNC Lenoir offers specialized services including cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, radiology, and urology. Surgical specialties include general, orthopedic, and bariatric with a staff trained to take special care during recovery. UNC Lenoir affiliated with the UNC Health Care System in 2017. UNC Health is an integrated health care system based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is comprised of UNC Hospitals and its provider network, UNC Faculty Physicians and UNC Physicians Network.