T. Paul McDermott Jr. M.D.

  • Undergraduate: The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

  • Medical school: Duke University School of Medicine

  • Residency: Duke University School of Medicine

  • Fellowship: The Indiana Hand Center


Dr. McDermott joined Advanced Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery Specialists in 1997, where he practices today as an orthopaedic hand and upper extremity surgeon.  His practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow diseases and injuries.  He has specific interests in sports and occupational injuries of the upper extremity and the treatment of children with all types of upper extremity conditions. Dr. McDermott is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. His background has provided him with considerable experience in the use of arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques as well as non-operative therapeutic and rehabilitative processes.


Dr. McDermott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors and distinction with a degree in chemistry.   He obtained his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine.  Upon the completion of medical school he remained at Duke, where he finished an internship in general and thoracic surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery. While at Duke, Dr. McDermott trained and performed research under, Dr. James R. Urbaniak and Dr. L. Scott Levin, who are pioneers in the field of micro-surgical reconstruction. This experience prompted his interest in the subspecialty field of hand and upper extremity surgery.  To cultivate this interest, Dr. McDermott continued his education with a fellowship in hand, upper extremity and micro-surgery at the Indiana Hand Center which is affiliated with The Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Children’s Hospital.


Dr. McDermott has held an appointment since 1997 as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He has served as a clinical instructor of the anatomy of the upper extremity and has produced orthopaedic research both clinical and scientific. His research interests include the effects of micro-circulatory vasospasm in replantation as well as tendon and ligament injuries of the upper extremity.

He has been involved with U.S. Soccer as the team physician for the Under 20 Men’s National Team. Dr. McDermott’s time and energy has been instrumental to the development of Ortho On-Call, the area’s first urgent care center devoted to the treatment of orthopaedic illness and injury. He currently serves as the Medical Director.