H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD

H. Clayton Thomason, III, MD
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Specialties: Ankle, Elbow, Hip, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine

Dr. H. Clayton Thomason is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in ankle, elbow, hip, joint replacement, knee, shoulder, and sports medicine care. He began practicing at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center in 2000.

After completing his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Thomason received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Thomason is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

When he is not seeing patients for ankle, elbow, hip, joint replacement, knee, shoulder, and sports medicine-related injuries, Dr. Thomason enjoys hunting, golf, shooting, sports, his farm, fishing, and his family and children.

Dr. Thomason has been voted by the Gaston Gazette as Best of Gaston – Best Surgeon every year since 2019 and Charlotte Magazine recognized Dr. Thomason as a Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2023.



    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1990

    Medical School

    University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995

    Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery

    UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995-2000


    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Professional Memberships

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    North Carolina Medical Society
    American Medical Association
    North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
    Southern Orthopaedic Association


    Board of Directors, Southern Orthopaedic Association
    President, North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
    Board of Directors, Lumiere Medical Ministries
    Chief of Staff, CaroMont Regional Medical Center, 2010

    Team Affiliations

    Ashbrook High School
    Gaston Day School

    Medical Interests

    Total Knee Replacement
    Total Hip Replacement
    Anterior Hip Replacement
    Total Shoulder Replacement
    Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
    Shoulder Arthroscopy
    Carpal Tunnel Release
    Fracture Repair of the Ankle, Wrist, Hand, Finger, Hip, and Elbow
    Partial Knee Replacement
    Partial Hip Replacement
    Partial Shoulder Replacement
    Knee Arthroscopy
    Rotator Cuff Repair
    Trigger Finger Release

    2345 Court Drive
    Gastonia, NC 28054
    United States

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    • “Dr. Thomason is very personable, and he listens to me snd answers my questions clearly. He responds when urgent help or information is needed.”
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