Outstanding Orthopedic Opportunity in the Appalachian Highlands!

Physician: Orthopedic Surgery: General
Market: Non-Metropolitan (Less than 50,000)
Job ID:11215
Verified Date:06/04/2024
Loan Repayment:Yes
Sign on Bonus:Yes
Practice Type: Employed
Accept J1 Visa:Yes
Accept H1b Visa:Yes
Permanent: Full time Orthopedic Surgery: General

What you need to know:

Practice Details

  • Seeking a quality general orthopedic surgeon to join an existing practice and provide continuity of care for our patients.
  • Recently invested over $12 million to expand its surgical capabilities including four, state-of-the-art operating rooms and the facility boasts an 11-bed inpatient rehab facility.
  • Must be ABOS certified/eligible.

Compensation Details

  • Guaranteed Base Salary
  • Productivity bonus
  • Signing Bonus
  • Health insurance - Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 403B Retirement (or 401K if applicable)
  • Vacation
  • Annual CME allowance

Community Details

  • Beautiful location
  • Small town living
  • Easy light traffic commute to larger cities
  • Moderately sized airport within a short drive
  • Safe, family friendly community
  • Excellent public and private schools
  • Low cost of living
  • Mild weather and 4 distinct seasons
  • An abundance of outdoor activities (golfing, fishing, camping, biking, hiking, kayaking and more)
  • Within an hour’s drive of the Tri-Cities (Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City) and just over two hours to Asheville, North Carolina and the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee areas.

Recruiter Insights

Compensation. The Starting Salary Is $25,000 To $50,000 More Compared To Starting Salaries In Charlotte Coupled With A Cost Of Living Of 20% Lower Than The Aforementioned Metropolitan Areas, Provides Significant Purchasing Power To Build Their Dream Home, Payoff School Loans And Retire Early. 

The Housing Market.  4 beds 3 baths 2,514 sqft home. The home is located within walking distance from Norton City Park, restaurants, breweries, and schools. Upon entering the house, you will be greeted with a nice foyer and a large eat-in kitchen. The kitchen features tons of cabinets, extra counter space, a bar area, and pantry. The main level also features a formal dining room, spacious living room, office with its very own bathroom and built-in bookshelves. A bonus downstairs is the extra room with a built-in bar, perfect for entertaining. This room has French doors which lead into the driveway. This home can be yours for $260,000

The Community.  

The draw area serves a population of 75,000 to 100,000 which includes Southwesten Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky. There is a local physician primary care network to supply patient referrals and marketing support to attract new patients.

The Employer. 

 A 22-hospital health system, covering a 27-county area and is made up of three tertiary facilities, 19 community/critical access hospitals, seven cancer centers, 18 Urgent Care locations, 40+ primary care and multiple specialty offices through its employed arm, made up of over 800 physicians and advanced practitioners.

Community Profile What is nice to know.

Closest International Airports:

  • 250 miles: Charlotte, NC (CLT / KCLT) Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • 250 miles: Hebron, KY (CVG / KCVG) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • 250 miles: Louisville, KY (SDF / KSDF) Louisville International Airport
  • 278 miles: Columbus, OH (CMH / KCMH) Port Columbus International Airport
  • 288 miles: Raleigh, NC (RDU / KRDU) Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Closest Major City:

  • 129 miles to Lexington-Fayette, KY
  • 154 miles to Charlotte, NC
  • 168 miles to Greensboro, NC
  • 183 miles to Cincinnati, OH
  • 195 miles to Louisville, KY
  • 210 miles to Columbus, OH

Closest Domestic Airport:

  • 63 miles: Blountville, TN (TRI / KTRI) Tri-Cities Regional Airport
  • 139 miles: Huntington, WV (HTS / KHTS) Tri-State Airport
  • 144 miles: Asheville, NC (AVL / KAVL) Asheville Regional Airport
  • 152 miles: Beckley, WV (BKW / KBKW) Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport

Cost of Living:

  • Mean Housing Cost - $138,745
  • City Cost of Living Index - 77.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
  • State Cost of Living Index - 103.7

Colleges and Universities:

  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 21 miles)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 34 miles)
  • King University (about 36 miles)
  • Hazard Community and Technical College (about 37 miles)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 47 miles)


  • 87.5% White alone
  • 3.1% Black alone
  • 2.4% Two or more races
  • 1.2% Hispanic
  • 4.8% Asian alone


  • State Income Tax Rate - 3.94%
  • State Sales Tax Rate - 5.3%
  • Property Tax Rate- .74%
  • County Tax Rate- 1%
  • City Tax Rate- 0%

Major Industry:

  • Health care (14.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.1%)
  • Educational services (9.8%)
  • Construction (6.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (5.0%)
  • Public administration (4.7%)


  • At a thousand acres, Flag Rock Recreation Area is the city's largest park. Located on the lower slopes of High Knob, the recreation area has 25 developed acres offering sweeping vistas, outdoor recreation activities, and city-established sanctuaries for both the mythical Bigfoot-like creature, the "Woodbooger," and the real-life green salamander.
  • Clear Creek Park is a four-acre park includes a playground, basketball court, shelter, walking track, softball field, outdoor classroom, rain garden, green roof kiosk, and shelter with restroom

Arts & Culture:

  • Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
  • Country Cabin II offers Bluegrass or traditional old-time music, just outside downtown Norton or Lays Hardware Center for the Arts in downtown Coeburn. Both venues offer several monthly events.

Sports for the Spectator:

  • 154-mile drive to Charlotte, home to professional sports teams such as Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and more.
  • Watch division 1 sports at East Tennessee State University, about a 47-mile drive!

Sports for the Participant:

  • Lonesome Pine Country Club
  • Lonesome Pine International Raceway
  • FitOne Fitness Center


  • Ridgeway Shopping Center, 3.2 miles away, offers 17+ stores
  • Burkes Outlet
  • Marshalls

Top Five things to do:

1. Flag Rock Recreational Area
2. Mountain View Trail.
3. Central Drive-In
4. North 40 Airsoft
5. Cinema City