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Dr. Robert Boykin is a board certified orthopedic shoulder, knee, hip surgeon and sports medicine specialist dedicated to serving the greater Asheville community.

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Accepting New Patients?

Yes, Dr. Robert E. Boykin is accepting new patients at this office.


(828) 258-0434


75 Livingston Street, B, Asheville, NC 28801

Office Hours

  Open Lunch Close

Office Details

Doctor Specialty Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting New Patients? Yes
Practice Specialty Orthopedic Surgery
Group Practice EmergeOrtho
Languages Spoken English

Insurance Accepted  

  • Medicare

About Dr. Boykin
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Dr. Boykin has an interest in arthroscopic shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement, arthroscopic knee reconstruction, and hip preservation surgery. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and presented sports medicine research at national and international meetings. He has also served as a team physician for the U.S. men’s and women’s alpine ski team and as a consultant to the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation for hip research in tennis players.

Originally from South Carolina, Dr. Boykin graduated as a Morehead Scholar with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was elected President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Vice-President of his medical school class. Dr. Boykin completed his internship and residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as Administrative Chief Resident for the Massachusetts General Hospital while also working at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Boston. During his time in residency Dr. Boykin assisted with care of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Boston Bruins. 

Dr. Boykin then received subspecialty training in sports medicine, arthroscopy, knee, shoulder, and hip surgery at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. During his time in Vail he traveled with the U.S. Ski Team and worked with numerous professional athletes. After fellowship he traveled to Annecy, France where he completed additional subspecialty training in advanced shoulder surgery at the Alps Surgery Institute.

Outside of work Dr. Boykin is an avid tennis player and enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, skiing, running, and mountain biking. He lives with his wife Emily in Asheville.

Dr. Boykin and his team currently serves as a team physician for Warren Wilson College, North Buncombe High School, and Madison High School.


Conditions Treated 

  • Hip & Knee Arthritis
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip Disorders (Injury, Pain, Sprain, Strain)
  • Hip Fracture Care
  • Knee arthritis
  • Knee Disorders (Injury, Pain, Sprain, Strain)
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Shoulder and Knee
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Conditions
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture Care

Services & Procedures

  • Hip
  • Hip and knee joint replacement
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Knee Arthoplasty
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Restoration
  • Shoulder
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty
  • Shoulder and knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Arthoscopy

Special Interests  

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder

Education & Training  

Medical School


  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic SurgeryBoston, MA
    Residency in Orthopedic Surgery


  • The Steadman ClinicVail, Colorado
    Fellowship in Sports Medicine

  • Alps Surgery Institute
    Fellowship in Shoulder Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Mission Hospitals Inc
  • Park Ridge Health
  • Asheville Specialty Hospital

Languages Spoken  

  • English

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