Erik C. Johnson, MD

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Erik Johnson at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in Gastonia, NC
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Fellowship-Trained: Sports Medicine
Specialties: Ankle, Elbow, Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine

Dr. Erik Johnson is an orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and specializes in care for the ankle, elbow, knee, and shoulder. He began practicing at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in 2004.

After completing his bachelor's degree in biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. Following medical school, Dr. Johnson completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery and general surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York.

Dr. Johnson completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Sports Subspecialty Certificate.


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1994

Medical School

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, 1998

Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery/General Surgery

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 1998-2003

Fellowship, Sports Medicine

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-2004


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Subspecialty Certificate

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center


Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Clinical Cardiology Clerkship Honors
Patricia Levinson Fellowship

Medical Interests

ACL Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Anterior Hip Replacement
Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Elbow
Sports Medicine


Dr. Erik Johnson, sports medicine surgeon, along with Jarrett Friday, the regional nominee for The 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year...
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By Erik C. Johnson, M.D.

The knee is a complex joint with four major ligaments. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a strong band of tissue that is located within the knee and connects the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). It functions to...

By Erik C. Johnson, M.D.

The rotator cuff is one of the most important structures of the shoulder. It is composed of four muscles and their tendons that hold the shoulder joint in place. The “cuff”, or the tendon portion of the rotator cuff, inserts onto...