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Karl Bertrand Fields
Cone Health Medical Group

Karl Bertrand Fields, MD

Specialties and/or Subspecialties

  • Sports Medicine
Patient Rating
4.9/5 (Based on 131 Reviews)
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In practice since 1979, Dr. Fields has extensive experience with diagnosing and treating challenging sports-related and musculoskeletal issues, including patients who have not responded to typical care. Friendly and encouraging, he urges all his patients to incorporate wellness and exercise to improve their long-term health. Regardless of age or injury, his goal is to help patients return to an active lifestyle.

He has been a visiting professor in Norway, China, Chile, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, hiking, traveling and playing guitar.

“I believe every patient is an athlete, although many may be out of training! What a gift to be able to help them. Each new patient I meet is an opportunity to help a unique individual.” 

Areas of Interest

Musculoskeletal ultrasound, running injuries, diagnosis and management of foot problems, and approaches to management of chronic tendinopathy



Medical School

University of Kentucky


Yale University, BA


Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Family Medicine


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Faculty Development

Teaching or Professional Positions

Emeritus Fellowship Director of Sports Medicine, Cone Health 

Professor of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Editor for Sports Medicine topics, UpToDate

Professional Memberships

Former President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Former Chair, International Team Physician Course for the American College of Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine


Provider Review Comments

June 27, 2022
Top notch care from start to finish - prompt, thorough, informative, compassionate and funny!
June 25, 2022
Dr Fields is the best!! He should be the model for all physicians
June 24, 2022
He is an excellent physician!!!
June 02, 2022
Dr. Fields was excellent at showing me on a chart exactly what was wrong with my muscles and knee and explained what he was doing in detail and answered all my questions.
May 29, 2022
Excellent discussion and I learned more about my ankle and foot anatomy and health.
May 27, 2022
Highly likely.
May 27, 2022
Excellent, both with MD Internist and Dr Fields who worked as a team , with great patience and expertise in diagnosing and designing solutions to my health problems.
May 26, 2022
Dr. Fields listened, gathered information about my concerns, had me perform some movements and prescribed a regimen that he believed would fix the problem.
May 26, 2022
May 16, 2022
Dr. Fields listened and expressed appropriate concern
April 26, 2022
Dr Fields is terrific!
March 31, 2022
Dr. Fields has been my first choice for ortho care for 25+ years. He is an amazing Dr and his staff is wonderful as well. I also appreciate his commitment to teaching the next generation of physicians.
February 24, 2022
Prescribed Voltaren, but not clear how much or exactly where to apply it. I called and got the info I needed.
February 12, 2022
Dr. Fields assessed the situation; conducted a thorough examination; and came up with a regimen to address the problem. I felt comfortable and in good hands during my visit.
January 14, 2022
*Dr. Fields is always so good about listening to me and not hurrying me through my questions. He is always spot on with his diagnosis.
January 03, 2022
So impressed!
January 03, 2022
Dr Fields is an exceptional doctor!
December 26, 2021
Dr Fields is an excellent doctor
December 17, 2021
*Dr. Fields is the best. I was very concerned about my left knee and he took the time to examine it well and recommended exercises to correct the problem! No operation... what a relief!
December 03, 2021
Dr. Karl Fields and the staff of the Sports Clinic provide excellent and caring service every time I have visited the Clinic.
November 21, 2021
I feel good about the care provided by Dr. Fields. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in related field. I am fortunate to have him as my doctor.
November 17, 2021
Dr Fields is kind, listens well, and does a complete examination. He thoroughly explains the problem and includes the patient in deciding how to proceed.
October 21, 2021
Have great trust in Dr Fields and the staff.
October 06, 2021
I would highly recommend Dr. Fields and his clinic to everyone. This is a friendly place and takes proper precautions about the Covid virus.
October 02, 2021
Dr. Fields was excellent!
September 19, 2021
Can't say anything negative about Dr. Fields or his staff.
August 30, 2021
Dr. Fields is the best. Enjoyed his Fellow as well.
August 26, 2021
I felt comfortable and safe with the care provided by Dr. Fields. He did a good job with explaining recommendations pertaining to my situation (how and why).
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