J. Thompson McMurtrie, MD

Dr. Thompson McMurtrie is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopy and treatment of sports related-injuries. His goal is to provide excellent and thoughtful care to his patients based on sound research and experience to help patients meet their goals. Dr. McMurtrie focuses on arthroscopic and open reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow and knee, including tendon and cartilage repair, ligament reconstruction, and joint replacement.

Dr. McMurtrie is a Huntsville native and received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Auburn University, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors. He completed medical school and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, MS, and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he trained with several renowned sports medicine surgeons.

Dr. McMurtrie has provided orthopaedic care to athletes since 2016. He has served as the team physician for multiple high school and college teams and had the opportunity to work with UAB and Ole Miss athletics during his training. Dr. McMurtrie has over 30 publications and presentations, with an interest in arthroscopic procedures and sports medicine. He is a member of the America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. McMurtrie and his wife, Amy Claire, enjoy the outdoors, athletics, and raising their family. They are excited to be in Huntsville and looking forward to becoming part of the community.


Shoulder arthroscopy

Rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, bone spurs, AC joint arthritis, biceps tendon tears, SLAP tears, tendonitis, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, AC joint separations, shoulder dislocations, labral tears, etc.

Elbow surgery/arthroscopy

Distal biceps tears, UCL tears (Tommy John surgery), elbow dislocation, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), loose body removal, etc.

Knee arthroscopy

Meniscal tears, ACL and other ligament tears, cartilage damage, patellar/knee cap dislocations, patellar tendonitis, etc.

Joint replacement

Shoulder (Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement), Knee

Clinical Team

  • Kara Bates, MA
  • Morgan Kent, MA/X-Ray