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About Dr. Willoughby

Julian Willoughby, MD, MPH, joined Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists in July 2021 as a physiatrist focusing on sports medicine and spine care. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Willoughby completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, where he was chief resident, followed by a sports and spine medicine fellowship at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He sees patients with sports injuries or other injuries and those dealing with spine issues. “I love getting to know patients, building a connection with them and helping them get better,” Dr. Willoughby said. His intensive fellowship training, which included study with a musculoskeletal ultrasound pioneer, has added a new dimension to the services offered at Murphy Wainer. Now, patients with certain musculoskeletal conditions can be diagnosed through ultrasound – often avoiding an MRI – and can receive guided delivery of pain-relieving injections. “The ultrasound can differentiate where the pain is coming from in a knee, hip or shoulder – and I can also use it to guide a pain-relieving injection that might otherwise be difficult or impossible,” Dr. Willoughby said. FROM PATIENT TO DOCTOR Dr. Willoughby, who grew up in Winston-Salem, received the Ernest James and Ethel Hudgins Angelo Memorial Scholarship, a full scholarship covering all expenses, to attend North Carolina State University. After initially planning to become a computer engineer, he changed his career goal to medicine, a field he had become very familiar with after being diagnosed at age 9 with rheumatoid arthritis.
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FROM TEAM MASCOT TO TEAM PHYSICIAN Fun fact: While at NC State, Dr. Willoughby served as the popular team mascot Mr. Wuf for two years – performing on the sidelines at games and at community service events. “Every week I had two or three appearances at schools or hospitals or the YMCA, and just getting that chance to interact with kids and brighten their day was huge,” he said. He now uses his sports medicine training with athletes in a different role – as team physician for Northeast Guilford High School. He previously has worked with a number of organizations, including Northwestern University, the Joffrey Ballet, Blue Man Group, the Charlotte Symphony and Mallard Creek High School. FAMILY AND INTERESTS Dr. Willoughby and his wife have two young sons. His spare time, he said, is “100% about being a dad.” He enjoys spending family time outdoors, playing disc golf and learning about new technology. SPECIALTIES o Interventional Spine Care o Sports Medicine o Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Diagnosis & Injections o Physiatry & Rehabilitation o Injections & Fluoroscopy
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS o Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation o Member, Association of Academic Physiatrists o Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine o Member, Spine Intervention Society COMMUNITY OUTREACH o Team Physician, Northeast Guilford High School EDUCATION o Undergraduate: North Carolina State University o Postgraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health (MPH) o Internship: Wake Forest University School of Medicine o Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas HealthCare System (now Atrium Health), Charlotte, NC o Fellowship: Sports & Spine Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL o Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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He was drawn to the specialty of physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists use a variety of methods to help patients reduce pain and restore function. “If you could sum it up in one sentence, physiatry’s goal is basically to help people with chronic issues live a better life,” Dr. Willoughby said. In addition to receiving a medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill, he also earned a master’s in public health, which he says is helpful both in educating patients and in understanding the physician’s role in the context of the greater good.
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Orthopedic Care for: neck strains and sprains back strains and sprains herniated and bulging discs degenerative discs arthritis of the spine pinched nerves sacroiliac joint pain sports injury spinal stenosis
Specializing in: interventional spine care sports medicine musculoskeletal ultrasound physiatry rehabilitation fluoroscopy pain management electrodiagnosis non-surgical orthopedics spine & joint injections
Convenient Locations serving: Randolph County, Guilford County, Forsyth County, Davidson County, and areas of Rockingham County and Alamance County, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Colfax, Pleasant Garden, Reidsville, Browns Summit, Gibsonville, Whitsett, McLeansville,Julian, Jamestown and surrounding areas
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About Dr. Willoughby

Julian Willoughby, MD, MPH, joined Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists in July 2021 as a physiatrist focusing on sports medicine and spine care. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Willoughby completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, where he was chief resident, followed by a sports and spine medicine fellowship at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He sees patients with sports injuries or other injuries and those dealing with spine issues. “I love getting to know patients, building a connection with them and helping them get better,” Dr. Willoughby said. His intensive fellowship training, which included study with a musculoskeletal ultrasound pioneer, has added a new dimension to the services offered at Murphy Wainer. Now, patients with certain musculoskeletal conditions can be diagnosed through ultrasound – often avoiding an MRI – and can receive guided delivery of pain- relieving injections. “The ultrasound can differentiate where the pain is coming from in a knee, hip or shoulder – and I can also use it to guide a pain- relieving injection that might otherwise be difficult or impossible,” Dr. Willoughby said. FROM PATIENT TO DOCTOR Dr. Willoughby, who grew up in Winston-Salem, received the Ernest James and Ethel Hudgins Angelo Memorial Scholarship, a full scholarship covering all expenses, to attend North Carolina State University. After initially planning to become a computer engineer, he changed his career goal to medicine, a field he had become very familiar with after being diagnosed at age 9 with rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Julian Willoughby - physiatrist with Murphy Wainer Orthopaedic Specialists in Greensboro, NC Click here to download Dr. Willoughby's CV (opens in a new tab) Click here to download Dr. Willoughby's CV (opens in a new tab)
FROM TEAM MASCOT TO TEAM PHYSICIAN Fun fact: While at NC State, Dr. Willoughby served as the popular team mascot Mr. Wuf for two years – performing on the sidelines at games and at community service events. “Every week I had two or three appearances at schools or hospitals or the YMCA, and just getting that chance to interact with kids and brighten their day was huge,” he said. He now uses his sports medicine training with athletes in a different role – as team physician for Northeast Guilford High School. He previously has worked with a number of organizations, including Northwestern University, the Joffrey Ballet, Blue Man Group, the Charlotte Symphony and Mallard Creek High School. FAMILY AND INTERESTS Dr. Willoughby and his wife have two young sons. His spare time, he said, is “100% about being a dad.” He enjoys spending family time outdoors, playing disc golf and learning about new technology. SPECIALTIES o Interventional Spine Care o Sports Medicine o Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Diagnosis & Injections o Physiatry & Rehabilitation o Injections & Fluoroscopy
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS o Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation o Member, Association of Academic Physiatrists o Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine o Member, Spine Intervention Society COMMUNITY OUTREACH o Team Physician, Northeast Guilford High School EDUCATION o Undergraduate: North Carolina State University o Postgraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (MD); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health (MPH) o Internship: Wake Forest University School of Medicine o Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas HealthCare System (now Atrium Health), Charlotte, NC o Fellowship: Sports & Spine Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL o Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Serving Patients in: Randolph County, Guilford County, Forsyth County, Davidson County, and areas of Rockingham County and Alamance County, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Colfax, Pleasant Garden, Reidsville, Browns Summit, Gibsonville, Whitsett, McLeansville,Julian, Jamestown and surrounding areas
1130 North Church Street Greensboro, NC 27401
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He was drawn to the specialty of physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists use a variety of methods to help patients reduce pain and restore function. “If you could sum it up in one sentence, physiatry’s goal is basically to help people with chronic issues live a better life,” Dr. Willoughby said. In addition to receiving a medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill, he also earned a master’s in public health, which he says is helpful both in educating patients and in understanding the physician’s role in the context of the greater good.
Julian Willoughby, MD, MPH CONTACT US
Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists logo
Specializing in: interventional spine care sports medicine musculoskeletal ultrasound physiatry rehabilitation fluoroscopy pain management electrodiagnosis non-surgical orthopedics spine & joint injections
Orthopedic Care for: neck strains and sprains back strains and sprains herniated and bulging discs degenerative discs arthritis of the spine pinched nerves sacroiliac joint pain sports injury spinal stenosis
Julian Willoughby, MD, MPH | Physiatry and Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine in Greensboro NC | Interventional Spine Care | Physiatry & Rehabilitation| Injections & Fluoroscopy | Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Diagnosis & Injections
Julian Willoughby, MD, MPH Physiatry & Sports Medicince