Our Physicians

Herman G. Botero, D.O.

Hip & Knee Reconstruction and Replacement



Dr. Botero has been in practice since 2009 and is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and replacement. He is committed to providing the most current, successful treatment options that help relieve pain and restore function to his patients so that they can return to the active lifestyle they desire.

Dr. Botero received his undergraduate degree from The City University of New York where he graduated cum laude. He then graduated with honors from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army following the events of September 11, 2001. Dr. Botero received his orthopaedic surgery training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. His military career continued at Fort Benning, Georgia where he provided orthopaedic surgical care to the Army’s Rangers, Infantry and Armor soldiers and their families. He deployed to Iraq in 2010 as the orthopaedic surgeon with the 21st and the 256th Combat Support Hospitals in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After his military service, Dr. Botero completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction and joint replacement at Midwest Orthopaedics/Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He was privileged to train under world-renowned surgeons who pioneered minimally invasive knee replacement and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement techniques. Dr. Botero also focuses on partial knee replacement, revision hip and knee surgery, and on hip fracture care.

Dr. Botero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He joined Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic with great enthusiasm and enjoys sharing his expertise in the field of hip and knee reconstruction and replacement with the greater Knoxville community.

Dr. Botero and his wife Karina, a family medicine physician, have three children. In his leisure time, Dr. Botero enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active with sports and fitness training. His hobbies include CrossFit, snowboarding, wakeboarding and coaching youth baseball. 


Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Old Weisgarber Road
Fort Sanders West
North Knoxville Medical Center Physicians Plaza

Administrative Assistant


865-450-1227 or internal ext 4227

865-450-1218 or internal ext 4002


Dr. Botero's Educational Links


Pictured left to right -  Amber Feather, LPN, Herman Botero, DO, and Joshua Manis, PA-C


Dr. Botero's Joint Replacement Team



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What patients say about Dr. botero

  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk like a champion and without pain. I had total hip replacement 3 weeks ago. I was very impressed with the organization and professionalism of KOC. My surgery went well and my recovery has been amazing! It was much better than I anticipated. I used a walker for a couple days, a cane for a couple more and then I was on my way. I had very little pain and stopped all pain medication within a few days. I did all the exercises before and after the surgery as illustrated in the well organized note book. I started driving after 12 days with no problem...and surgery was on my right hip. All my neighbors have requested Dr. Botero's name and number if they ever need joint replacement. I feel like the poster child!
    – Fran, Fairfield Glade
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can climb stairs without pain in my right knee. My experience has been exceptional - thanks to Dr. Botero and his minimally invasive technique. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the folks at KOC physical therapy. I am thrilled with the results and have scheduled the left knee replacement for later this year. I am hopeful for the same results and look forward to a huge improvement in my quality of life.
    – Nancy, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk without a limp. I suffered several years with my knee and it got to the point where I couldn't walk because my knee was catching, and I was afraid I would fall and my hip would break and I would have to have hip surgery first. So I went ahead and decided to do my knee surgery, and I'm glad I did. I have used KOC before and I was very pleased. I did some research on Dr. Botero and he was very highly recommended and as of today, I'm glad I decided to go with him. I had my surgery June 19th and was walking that night, came home the next day and I have been walking without a limp ever since. I will recommend everyone that has a knee replacement to remember one important thing: exercise, exercise, exercise. That is the key to quick recovery. I would recommend Dr. Herman G. Botero to anyone who has knee surgery, and I would like to say a special thanks to Siri, Andrea, and Chris at KOC for my 8 weeks of intense, helpful therapy. And most of all thanks to Dr. Botero for helping me be able to walk again. I would also like to praise God for guiding Dr. Botero so that I could have a successful surgery and recovery.
    – Barbra, Lenoir City
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk just fine without a limp of any kind just three weeks after my total knee replacement with Dr. Botero. My physical therapist has been blown away by my progress. This is truly going to change my life. Thank you KOC! You all are the BEST!
    – Charles, Maryville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can get up from the seated position without experiencing pain. My total knee replacement went exceptionally well and my recovery time was fast. After getting out of surgery around 3 p.m., I was seated in a chair in my room that evening and released from the hospital to go home before noon the next day. I had very little pain after the surgery. PT went great (5 weeks) and within four months I am better than ever. Thank you Dr. Botero for a great job! I would recommend Dr. Botero to anyone thinking of a knee replacement.
    – Bill, Lenoir City
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk again, pain free. Due to vascular necrosis, my ability to walk on my left leg was very limited and I had much pain. Dr. Botero did my hip replacement and I never experienced a minute of pain or discomfort. It was smooth sailing for me. I am eternally grateful to this doctor with the kind bedside manner. He is such a gentleman and takes time to answer questions. He'll do my other hip when it is time.
    – Susan, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my hip replacement with Dr. Botero, I ran a full marathon without any pain just 13 months after surgery!
    – Eric, Knoxville
  • What do you do 6 weeks after hip replacement? I zip lined! I saw Dr. Herman Botero with KOC today. He said the X-rays looked great and said the "Funky Monkey & Superman " on the zip line looked good too!
    – James, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk, sleep, and live life without hip pain. First off, Dr. Botero, THANK YOU!! From my first consultation through the entire surgery and follow up process, this gentleman has been nothing less than outstanding! Communication about my condition and the surgery was great. Dr. Botero was very thorough with me. He completed a total left hip replacement on me. I know it may not be the norm, but I was back at work in just over a week and walking without any assistance from a cane or walker in just a couple of days. I have to have my right hip done in the near future. Without one hesitation I will have Dr. Botero do this surgery as well. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering joint replacement surgery.
    – Karl, Powell
  • I am just three and a half weeks out from hip replacement surgery and I am able to run the stairs and start back to abbreviated P90X workouts. I am 55 and the cartilage in my hip wore out from a genetic condition where the shape of my hip bone didn't match the shape of the cup it fit into. I decided not to wait for years until I was crippled. In the last year, I had already given up racquetball and volleyball. I was faithful to follow the doctor's instructions at home and to do my physical therapy exercises each day. They were very painful at first. But each day I saw progress. By week three I could climb the stairs without pain. I continued some pain medication to help me sleep, but now I am completely off everything except the anti-inflammatory prescription which I will take until week six. My biggest concern at my post-op visit with Dr. Botero is that I can't get back into the hot tub until week six. Bummer. But everything else is coming up roses. There certainly was some pain involved, but I don't see how it could have gone better.
    – Gregor, Knoxville


  • B.S., City College/City University of New York, 1998
  • D.O., New York College of Osteopathic Medicine/NYIT, 2004


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2005


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2009


  • Adult Joint Reconstruction & Replacement, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2014

Began Practice At KOC

  • 2014

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association

orthopaedic specialties

  • Primary hip & knee replacement
  • Revision hip & knee replacement
  • Hip & knee reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive hip & knee replacement
  • Quadriceps-sparing knee replacement 
  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Rapid recovery multimodal pathways
  • Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Replacement