Dr. Robert Coles is a graduate of Harvard and of Duke University Medical School. He received his orthopedic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center where he was chief resident and assistant team physician for both Duke and NCCU. Following his residency, he was a Sports Medicine fellow at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City where he worked with the US Ski Team. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Coles is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopedic Association, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Piedmont Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Coles has a broad range of knowledge in all types of orthopedic problems with a particular interest in sports medicine, MAKO Robotic surgery, complex knee surgery, ligament reconstruction, shoulder surgery, hand surgery, and joint replacement. His expertise as an orthopedic surgeon includes arthroscopic, micro, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Coles believes in a team approach between the patient and doctor with physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers and recommends non-surgical treatment when possible.
Dr. Coles lives and works in Jacksonville and Morehead City, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons. They enjoy spending time together fishing and boating. His passion for sports medicine has led him to be the team physician for several local high schools.