Dr. Paul is a Tar Heel, having been born in Raleigh, North Carolina . His family then moved to Kingsport, TN where he resided before returning to UNC Chapel Hill and his beloved North Carolina .

UNIQUE PAGE CONTENT HERE _ The founding partner of Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Paul started his practice in 1981 in Greensboro and the Center in 1983. Since residency, some thirty years of experience in orthopaedic surgery has given him a unique perspective in all sorts of cutting edge procedures and techniques.

Dr. Paul feels that there is still room for the art of medicine. His love of art collecting reflects his joy in the artistic aspects of surgical intervention as well as improving function. In addition, he has studied techniques in Switzerland and has collaborated with Swiss orthopaedic surgeons. In the late 1980’s, Dr. Paul introduced a type of total hip prosthesis to Greensboro that is reflective of many of the prostheses being used today in the United States.

Dr. Paul’s current focus is on diagnosis and management of the full range of musculoskeletal disorders. As one of the most respected senior orthopaedists, his expertise and 30+ years experience reflect his philosophy of anatomically based evaluation of treatment in a patient-centric environment. He also performs many second opinions and IME’s and is esteemed for his analysis and judgement.

A committed family man, Dr. Paul has been married to his high school sweetheart for thirty-four years. Melinda Coover-Paul is a pediatrician who has served over thirty years in indigent pediatric care in central North Carolina . He is a proud father of two attractive and successful children, Adam and Kirsten.

Medical Training & Professional Experience

UNIQUE CONTENT Undergraduate

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alpha Epsilon Delta-Hedgepath Award

-Most Outstanding Member

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Medical School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Foreign Fellowship Award

-Geneva, Switzerland


North Carolina Memorial Hospital

-Chapel Hill, NC

Board Certifications/Organizations

American Board of Orthopeadic Surgeons

American Acaedemy of Orthopeadic Surgeons

Eastern Orthopaedic Association

Additional Training/Experience

Techniques of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

-Bern, Switzerland

Techniques of Internal Fixation of Fractures, Advanced

-Davos, Switzerland

Interest in Sports Injuries of Ballet and Dance