Dr. Eric Clarke joins orthopaedics team at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Murphy, N.C. – Erlanger Medical Group welcomes Dr. Eric Clarke to the orthopaedics team at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH). Dr. Clarke will join orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Purvis and nurse practitioner Jesse Mayo beginning in early July at the Erlanger Orthopaedics office located at 75 Medical Park Lane, Suite B, in Murphy.

Dr. Eric Clarke is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who has experience in private practice, hospital, pediatric and trauma care. He has extensive experience as a sports medicine team physician as well.

“I am eager to get to know my patients and become an active member of the community,” said Dr. Clarke. “I hope to quickly become a familiar face in and out of the office and hospital.”

In addition to earning his medical degree from East Tennessee State University, he simultaneously received a Master’s of Science in biochemistry. He then went on to train at four different residencies—two in general surgery and two in orthopaedic surgery—and two different fellowships. He was an AO Fellow in both Switzerland and Germany before returning to the states for an orthopaedic surgery sports medicine fellowship with the University of Buffalo, where he worked as a team physician for Buffalo State University, the NHL Buffalo Sabers and the NFL Buffalo Bills.

“Dr. Clarke has a broad range of experience and expertise in orthopaedics that I think will be a great asset to EWCH and the western North Carolina region,” said Senior Vice President of Erlanger Medical Group Meridith O’Keefe. “With his passion for helping patients achieve their physical goals, I believe Dr. Clarke is the perfect addition to the team there.”

Dr. Clarke has worked in many different clinical settings. He was the medical director of Benchmark Physical Therapy for 14 years. Dr. Clarke has been a team physician for many local high school and college sports teams, as well as event physician for special tournaments and events like NCAA Women’s Basketball, U.S. Amateur Road Cycling Championships, WWF Wrestling, and the NFL Scouting Combine.