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Joseph Barker

Dr. Joseph U. Barker , MD

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Dr. Barker is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in Sports Medicine and is a team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State University, and Broughton High School.

His areas of expertise include sports medicine, shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration. Dr. Barker grew up in Asheville, NC. He attended Wake Forest University for his undergraduate degree, where he received an academic scholarship and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

He attended Duke University School of Medicine on an academic scholarship and was awarded a Howard Hughes Fellowship for his orthopaedic research. He completed his surgical internship and his orthopaedic residency at Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery in New York ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 orthopaedic hospital in the nation.

He then was selected for a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he was an assistant team physician for DePaul University, Chicago Steel Hockey, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Bulls. Dr. Barker has authored over 20 book chapters and scientific articles on hip, knee, and shoulder injuries.

He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Knee Surgery and is a member of the International Cartilage Repair Society. His clinical and research interests include: ACL injuries, rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, meniscus surgery, hip arthroscopy, and cartilage repair. Having been involved in athletics for years with multiple personal sports injuries, Dr. Barker brings a unique understanding, knowledge, and dedication to providing quality care for patients of all ages and activity levels.

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Dr. Barker's Rating
Patient Perspective
5.0 Explains conditions and treatments
5.0 Takes time to answer my questions
5.0 Provides follow-up as needed
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3001 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612
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Raleigh Orthopaedic - Raleigh
3001 Edwards Mill Road
Raleigh, NC, 27612
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"Every visit is top notch - he explains issues and treatments throughly. I am in and out with little wait time. I’ve been to many doctors for my knees through various moves, and Dr Barker is the best! "
  • December 24, 2022
"great experence"
  • November 7, 2022
" He performed my husbands rotator cuff surgeries a few years back and my husband still tells everyone how great he is! Dr Barker’s knowledge and surgical expertise allowed my husband to get back on the golf course where he plays at least 3 days a week. That’s when I knew I wanted to go see him when I had a minor hip injury. He explained everything to me and I felt good about my time spent there. ..."
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  • October 14, 2022
"Dr.Barker is the best. Knowledge, courteous and punctual. Zero complaints "
  • August 26, 2022
"Dr Barker was so thorough in evaluating my sons knee pain. He answered all of our questions and explained the treatment plan extremely well. He was very kind as well. "
  • August 3, 2022
"We saw Dr. Barker to gain better understanding of our daughter's knee pain following two less-than-helpful visits with a provider at another practice. Dr. Barker was warm and welcoming, and though he clearly knew why we were there and had already familiarized himself with our daughter's situation and imaging, he still gave us time to explain fully what she had been experiencing, asked questions, ..."
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  • August 3, 2022
"Dr. Barker is first-rate in every respect. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my surgery. I highly recommend him. Other patients have told me he is the best and I believe it based on my own experience."
  • May 18, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
"He’s great!"
  • May 18, 2022
"Dr Barker reviewed my Xrays with me and explained the condition of both of my shoulders. He used terms I was able to understand and answered all of my questions. He was thorough and very personable. Much appreciated!"
  • May 17, 2022
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3001 Edwards Mill Road
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
1325 Timber Drive East
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted


  • Arm pain (age 13 & up)
  • Knee pain (age 13-59)
  • Hip pain (age 13-59)
  • Leg pain (age 13-59)
  • Shoulder pain (age 13 & up)
  • Bicep pain
  • Humerus fracture - proximal
  • Hip labral tear


  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Knee MACI procedure


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine


Rush University Medical Center (Sports Medicine)
Cornell University's Hospital for Special Surgery
Medical School
Duke University School Of Medicine
Graduated 2004


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  • Coventry
  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana Military
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East
  • Prime Healthcare
  • MedCost



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