Dr. Robert Boykin is an orthopedic surgeon at EmergeOrtho, Blue Ridge Bone Division in Asheville, NC. As a fellowship trained sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, he specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and hip in addition to all sports related injuries. He has a focus on using both arthroscopic and open surgery to restore joint function and keep patients involved in an active lifestyle. Dr. Boykin specializes in:

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Degree 
    University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Medical School 
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

    Nashville, Tennessee 

  • Internship
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery
    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Residency
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery
    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Fellowship Training
    Shoudler, Knee, Hip & Sports Medicine
    The Steadman Clinic & Steadman Philippon Research Institute
    Vail, Colorado

  • Fellowship Training
    Shoulder Surgery 
    Alps Surgery Institute
    Annecy, France

About Dr. Boykin

Dr. Boykin has a particular interest in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement, arthroscopic knee reconstruction, and hip preservation surgery. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and presented sports medicine research at national and international meetings. He also has served as a team physician for the U.S. men’s and women’s alpine ski team and as a consultant to the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation for hip research in tennis players.

Originally from South Carolina, Dr. Boykin graduated as a Morehead Scholar with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was elected President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Vice-President of his medical school class. Dr. Boykin completed his internship and residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as Administrative Chief Resident for the Massachusetts General Hospital while also working at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Boston. During his time in residency Dr. Boykin assisted with care of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins. 

Dr. Boykin then received subspecialty training in sports medicine, arthroscopy, knee, shoulder, and hip surgery at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. During his time in Vail he traveled with the U.S. Ski Team and worked with numerous professional athletes. After fellowship he traveled to Annecy, France where he completed additional subspecialty training in advanced shoulder surgery at the Alps Surgery Institute.

Outside of work Dr. Boykin is an avid tennis player and enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, skiing, running, and mountain biking. He lives with his wife Emily in Asheville.

Dr. Boykin and his team currently serves as a team physician for Warren Wilson College, North Buncombe High School, and Madison High School.