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

Administrative Assistant


865-450-1227 or internal ext 4227

865-450-1218 or internal ext 4002


Dr. Botero's Educational Links


                                  Amber Feather, LPN, Herman Botero, DO, Samantha Baldwin, CCMA, and Landon Prather, PA-C.

Dr. Botero's Joint Replacement Team



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What patients say about Dr. botero

  • Dr Botero is a great surgeon and this is a testimony to his work. This was five weeks three days out from a knee replacement. We road 12 miles. I have an e-bike which is a big help, but still pretty good for an almost 70 wear old woman.
    – Becky, Knoxville
  • I had excellent care. Dr. Herman Botero did my hip replacement surgery. I give him a 10. He is a great doctor who cares about his patient and excellent at his work. He also had good bed side manners and sent me a text every day which encourages you. He takes time and answered all my questions. When I woke up from surgery the bad pain I had was gone and I am so thankful to Dr. Botero. I can walk and have my life back.
    – Pearly Grace, Sevierville
  • Thanks for my care at KOC, Dr. Botero. There are no words to describe the care I received today from you and your surgical team at Parkwest Medical Center. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Let the PT begin!!! Looking forward to seeing you again for my follow up! Your #1 Fan!
    – Pam, Satsuma, AL
  • Thanks to my knee replacement from Dr. Botero, I can walk, climb stairs and ride my horses!! Only 3 days of P.T. was needed!! No pain!! Nurse returned my calls promptly! The entire experience was unbelievably easy and pain free!!!
    – Lucille, Demopolis, AL
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I finally feel stable while walking, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of the car, and standing/sitting without pain. Dr. Herman Botero was my doctor. After seeing what many of my friends have gone through with their knee replacement surgery, I was grateful that he had been trained to do the quad sparing minimally invasive procedure. My incision is literally 4 inches!! Mesh was used instead of staples, which made my therapy and recovery much easier. I was walking with no limp the next day. Because the muscles and tendons above my knee were not cut, I felt very little pain. Tylenol was the only pain reliever I took. Because of this, I was able to meet all of my physical therapy goals within four weeks. I just needed to work on building strength in my knee. My physical therapist said that she would definitely recommend Dr. Botero after seeing how successful my surgery was. Because of my success, two of my friends that need surgery on their second knee have said they will be calling Dr. Botero instead of their first doctor. I believe the most helpful thing that he does is his constant contact with his patients through texts, reminding you of what you should be doing, how you should be feeling, and what exercises you should be doing. He is your constant cheerleader. The videos that show how to do the exercises are great. Most doctors give you a paper with pictures on it that probably end up in a drawer! When you receive a text, it reminds you of what you should be doing to get better! He even throws in a joke or two. His office staff (Amber & Samantha) are very helpful and are quick to return your call. I only saw his PA once, but Joshua was very helpful. As you can tell, I can’t say enough positive things about Dr. Botero. I would recommend him to anyone.
    – Martha, Maryville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can now walk pain free! Dr. Botero and his staff are absolutely amazing. I had my 2nd hip replacement about a month ago and have never felt better. I had both my hips replaced before most people even have one hip replacement but my quality of life is so much better. Before seeing Dr. Botero, I was told I needed to have knee surgery due to the constant pain in my knees. Dr. Botero attributed the pain to my hips not my knees. The journey I have been thru the past year and the long trips from Louisiana are definitely worth it for the care I received by Dr. Botero and his staff.
    – Julie, Covington, LA
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can appreciate having my life back every single day. I came to KOC in fall of 2017 not knowing which way to turn, feeling confused, feeling alone and even a little depressed. I spent most of that year being treated for lower back problems and my leg pain was getting worse. Ten minutes with Dr. Paul Johnson and a couple of screams later, I was on my way to not another lower back surgery but a right hip replacement courtesy of Dr. Herman Botero. Imagine my shock at 51 when he walked in and said “You need a new hip and soon....it’s going to get even worse before we can get you in.” My shock gave way to confidence as we discussed the procedure and even made a few jokes. He put me at ease with a “bedside manner” that was quite relaxing and positive to say the least. As you might have guessed, the procedure went off without a hitch and over 2 years later, I’ve yet to have any pain. I look at it as a miracle of modern medical technology and I give thanks to God almost every day for Dr. Botero and his team. A year later, I hiked up to “The Channels” on Brumley Mtn. which is northwest of Abington, VA. I took in the vista, snapped a few pics and realized I was up there because of the fine folks at KOC.
    – Sean, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk without a limp, sleep better due to less knee pain and enjoy a better quality of life. Dr. Betcher referred me to Dr. Botero and from the first appointment until my release he and his team were very helpful and professional in all that they did! We would definitely recommend their services to anyone needing knee replacement surgery. They are a first class group and go the extra mile.
    – Dan, Sevierville
  • I am almost 10 weeks post partial replacement of my right knee. I am at about 85% of normal knee function. I am bicycling on mountain roadways, doing normal farm work, going up and down stairs with ease, keeping regular schedule at work, playing HORSE basketball with kids, walking 5 or so miles per day, working with a personal trainer to get stronger, more flexible and more agile. I will get back to long distance hiking soon, to include LeConte when the ice melts. The knee is great. I do have an artificial left hip that did not grow in properly and will have to be replaced at some point. Overall, I am more or less back to my old active self with the left hip being the pacing variable. I think Dr. Botero and his staff did a very good job. His style of listening and giving good information was excellent. He did the partial knee--medial compartment--and preserved the perfectly good function of the middle and anterior compartments. Yea! I am looking forward to him doing the left hip revision and expect excellent results that will put me back in business with no significant pain and discomfort. I am 73.
    – Douglas, Maryville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can now SLEEP, walk, work, hunt, fish and play golf in comfort again. Dr. Botero and his staff were a pleasure to do business with. Everyone was prompt, pleasant and helpful at all times. Appointments were always on time and Dr. Botero took as much time as needed to explain procedures. Coming from over 6 hours away, they always took travel time into consideration and scheduled everything to conveniently accommodate me. His nurse, Amber Feather, is a true professional. You can contact her by text with questions or problems and she responds almost immediately and handles anything that may come up. I have and will continue to recommend KOC and Dr. Botero and staff to anyone who has knee problems. Parkwest Hospital was excellent as well.
    – Bill, Demopolis, AL
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  • 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