Dr. Russell Betcher began his practice with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1998 after completing his fellowship in sports medicine with KOC the previous year. Dr. Betcher specializes in sports medicine, focusing on arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Betcher is very involved with the local sports community. He is an orthopaedic consultant to the University of Tennessee athletic department, the Tennessee Smokies and the Knoxville Ice Bears.

In his spare time, Dr. Betcher enjoys snow skiing and wakeboarding.

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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

865-558-4414 or internal ext 4414


865-244-3029 or internal ext 4616



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  • B.S., Mississippi State University, 1988
  • M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 1992


  • Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1993


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1997


  • Sports Medicine, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, 1998

Began Practice At KOC

  • 1998

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sport Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Sports Medicine and Athletic Injuries