Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review names local surgeon to its “65 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists” list
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GREENVILLE, S.C.Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, a renowned shoulder surgeon with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas – an affiliate of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center – was recently named to Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review’s list of “65 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists.”

Physicians recognized on this list were selected based on their expertise in shoulder surgery, positions of leadership in professional organizations and institutions, research and development in the field and their reputation among other physician leaders. Physicians do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

The Becker's editorial team devised the list after extensive research and public solicitation for outstanding candidates. The list was also vetted through shoulder specialists from around the country before finalization. Members of the list are often leaders of their groups, winners of prestigious research awards and team physicians for professional athletes. Each member of the list underwent rigorous review before inclusion as an outstanding specialist in the field of shoulder surgery.

Dr. Hawkins specializes in shoulder, elbow and reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He is a founding member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society and currently serves as program director for the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas Fellowship Program. He is chair of The Hawkins Foundation (formerly known as the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas) and is a professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Hawkins also serves as team physician for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. In addition, Dr. Hawkins has authored numerous textbooks on shoulder surgery that are used throughout the world.

To learn more about Dr. Hawkins, visit To learn more about this list or future lists slated for publication in Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review, contact assistant editor Laura Miller at  

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