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Zachary D. Rethorn

Instructor, Medical Center in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy
311 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Zachary D. Rethorn is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist and certified health coach with clinical and research expertise in musculoskeletal pain conditions, physical activity, and health promotion. He earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Belmont University followed by his DPT degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Rethorn completed a residency in orthopedic physical therapy through Benchmark Rehab Institute, a faculty development residency through Duke University, and a PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Rethorn is a postdoctoral fellow at the Durham VA Health Care System Center for Innovation to ADAPT where his research focuses on improving access, equity, and outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions through attending to behavioral and social determinants of health. He has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to musculoskeletal conditions, health equity, and health promotion. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor, Medical Center in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery · 2018 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery

Education, Training & Certifications

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga · 2015 D.P.T.