Craig A. Rineer, MD

Craig A. Rineer, MD

Hand & Wrist

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Upper Extremity and Microsurgery Specialist

Coastal Region

Leland – Brunswick Forest
Wilmington - Ashton

Dr. Craig Rineer practices in Wilmington at 2716 Ashton Drive and Brunswick Forest in Leland at 1168 East Cutlar Crossing. Dr. Rineer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he received degrees in bioengineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in economics from the Wharton School. He earned his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha and was a Nanaline Duke Scholar. He also received the Joseph Markee Memorial Award in Gross Anatomy and the Phillips Medical Systems Award for academic achievement. He completed his orthopedic residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He then returned to the Duke University Medical Center where he completed a fellowship in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery.

He’s certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Rineer is affiliated and performs inpatient and outpatient orthopedic surgery with Novant Health. Dr. Rineer is an owner of the Brunswick Surgery Center, LLC where he performs outpatient orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Rineer has a special interest in several procedures involving the hand and upper extremity, including: elbow arthroscopy; hand, wrist and elbow trauma; hand, wrist and elbow arthritis surgery; hand, wrist and elbow joint replacement; minimally invasive hand, wrist and elbow surgery; thumb CMC replacement; wrist arthroscopy; Xiaflex treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture.


  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha)
  • Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship Trained in Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery


  • Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand


  • Joseph Markee Memorial Award in Gross Anatomy
  • Phillips Medical Systems Award for academic achievement.


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


EmergeOrtho physicians at the 9th Triennial Meeting of the Duke Hand Club!

Triangle Region

EmergeOrtho’s own physicians, Dr’s. Craig Rineer, Mack Aldridge, Richard Moore and Shawn Hocker, recently attended the 9th Triennial meeting of the Duke Hand Club that took place in Argentina. Dr. Aldridge sees patients in the Triangle, and Drs. Rineer, Moore, and Hocker are in Wilmington. The Duke Hand Club is a non-profit organization that allows...

Very attentive, and always to make sure all questions are asked and to be there if any problems occur, would recommend this doctor to all I come in contact with, and his staff is just as amazing as he is. Thank you all!

Craig Rineer Review


I had a problem with trigger fingers and Dr. Rineer performed corrective surgery to correct it. I am so glad I had the surgery and I have my hand back functioning fine. Dr. Rineer is kind, attentive and caring. I highly recommend him.

Craig Rineer Review


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