I believe that good communication is one of the keys to great patient outcomes and satisfaction. I realize that each patient is different and has different needs and expectations. Before proceeding with any procedure, I strive to educate each patient and answer all questions. I hope to exceed expectations, but try not to promise something that cannot be delivered. Honesty and integrity are keys to my practice philosophy. Secondary Specialties: Hand and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Emerson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Board certified in Hand Surgery and Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Emerson's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Absent Breasts and Nipples
Arthritis of the Finger
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chest Wall Deformity
Chest Wall Tumor
Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
De Quervain's Disease
Ectropion of Eyelid
External Ear Disorders
Finger Joint Sprain
Fungal Nail Infection
Granuloma of Skin
Lentigo Maligna Melanoma
Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
Merkel Cell Carcinoma
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Nevus Sebaceous of Jadassohn
Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Rupture of Ulnar Collateral Ligament of Thumb
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Ulnar Nerve Injuries
Abscess Incision and Drainage
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Advanced Tendon Reconstruction
Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
Basal Thumb Joint Reconstruction
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Carpal Tunnel Release
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Implant Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
De Quervain's Release
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Facial Implant Surgery
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Jaw Implant Surgery
Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
Scar Revision Surgery
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Tag Removal
Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
Trigger Finger Release
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for North Carolina.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of California, Santa Barbara
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1990
University Of South Florida
Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
University Of South Florida
Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
University Of California, Los Angeles
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Best Plastic Surgeon, Gaston County, 2008
Media & Publications
Emerson ET, Cruse CW. Management of Hand Burns, 1994
Jones NF, Emerson ET. Tendon Transfers, 2000
Kuhns CA, Emerson ET, Meals RA. Hematoma distraction arthroplasty for thumb basal joint osteoarthritis: a prospective, single-surgeon study including outcomes measure., 2003
Ko F; Diaz M; Smith P; Emerson E; Kim YJ; Krizek TJ; Robson MC. Toxic effects of capsaicin on keratinocytes and fibroblasts., 1998
Emerson ET, Krizek TJ, Greenwald DP. Anatomy, Physiology, and Functional Restoration of the Thumb., 1996
Emerson ER, Cruse CW. Management of the Burn Patient., 1996
Jones NF, Emerson ET. Interposition Vein Graft Configurations for Microsurgical Revascularization of the Ischemic Hand., 1999
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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