Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center in Raleigh, NC

Meet Dr. Terry Messer: A Leading Orthopaedic Specialist

When it comes to orthopaedic care, Dr. Terry Messer stands out as a renowned expert in the Triangle area. Learn more about his journey and expertise in the field.

Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care in the Triangle Area

Dr. Terry Messer moved to the Triangle in 2001 to join the faculty at UNC in the Department of Orthopaedics, treating patients in clinic and performing surgery at UNC and WakeMed Hospitals.  In 2003, he was one of the founding physicians of Wake Orthopaedics.  However, because of his desire to focus on hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder care, he joined Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center in 2006.  

Patient-Centric Approach to Care

Dr. Messer states “My philosophy in treating patients is to perform a thorough evaluation and do my very best to come up with the correct diagnosis for each patient.  I then try to present the patient with their treatment options and education them on the pros and cons of each option, letting the patient choose the treatment that is best for them.”

Staying at the Forefront of Orthopaedic Innovation

Despite formally leaving academic medicine in 2006, Dr. Messer has stayed up to date on the latest innovations and treatments in hand and upper extremity surgery by being an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Southeastern Hand Society, and North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand, having served as President of the latter two organizations.  He also reviews scientific articles for several prestigious research journals including the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 

Making a Difference Beyond Medicine

Dr. Messer is also the President of COAN, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of orthopaedic care in Nicaragua.  He has participated in numerous medical mission trips to Nicaragua where he has taught their orthopaedic surgery attendings and residents and has performed surgery on hundreds of Nicaraguan patients. 

Life Beyond Orthopaedics

Outside of work, Dr. Messer loves to spend time with his wife, three children, and their dog.  Dr. Messer and his family are members of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.  Dr. Messer is a sports nut, staying physically active with working out, tennis, golf, and pickleball, and watching all sports on TV.  According to Dr. Messer, he especially likes watching ACC basketball, Penn State and Big Ten Football, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Philadelphia Eagles.  Dr. Messer has also been fortunate to care for many athletes over the years, ranging from weekend warriors to those participating in major league and professional sports.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Messer Today at Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center

Ready to experience exceptional orthopaedic care from Dr. Terry Messer? Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards improved health and mobility.
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