Brian Petrarca, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant who worked for seven years at the Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center (SMOC) before joining Piedmont Orthopedics. SMOC, which closed in 2013, was a division of Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists (SOS) like Piedmont Orthopedics.
Brian is the PA for Peter W. Whitfield, MD. He works alongside Dr. Whitfield in the office and in surgery and also sees patients independently. In addition, he serves as clinical director of the after-hours Orthopaedic Urgent Care Center operated by SOS.
Since becoming a PA in 1980, Brian has specialized in orthopedics. He has a special interest in trauma and total joint replacement. In addition to his certification as a PA, he also has earned a certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in orthopedic surgery. In June 2013, he was one of only 53 North Carolina PAs honored as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Focus on Patients
Brian says he enjoys being part of a medical team that cares for patients, helping them to improve their quality of life medically or surgically.
"I personally try to treat each of our patients as if he were a member of my own family," Brian says. "I strongly believe that medicine is the practice of an art and not a science. It is important to sit and listen to your patient, because that will help you reach the right diagnosis and provide the best treatment."
Background and Interests
A native of Johnstown, PA, Brian earned his physician assistant degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He and his wife, Andrea, have three daughters, Kathryn, Lauren, and Monica. In his spare time, Brian enjoys woodworking, going to the beach, doing lawn work, and teaching.