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J. Clark Butler, M.D.


Joint Replacement of the Knee & Shoulder, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee & Shoulder, Sports Medicine

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Dr. J. Clark Butler is a Myrtle Beach native who has practiced orthopedics in the area since 1995. Inspired by his father who was also a physician, Dr. Butler went into medicine after graduating from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, to earn his medical degree. He later completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency training at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dedicated to improving the lives of his patients and treating each of them as he would a family member, Dr. Butler tailors every treatment accordingly, using conservative treatments, such as hyaluronic acid and steroid injections for the shoulder and knee, when appropriate and surgical remedies when necessary.

Dr. Butler and his wife, Piper, have four children. Outside of medicine, Dr. Butler served as a basketball coach at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach for 16 years. He currently serves on the board of directors at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, where he is a former club champion. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach and is active on multiple committees and teaches Sunday school.

Dr. Butler is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is available to see patients in need of knee, shoulder, sports medicine, and joint replacement and revision care in Myrtle Beach at our Carolina Forest office.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Doctor of Medicine: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Internship: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • South Carolina Medical Association
  • South Carolina Orthopaedic Association

Team Affiliations

  • Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach
  • Myrtle Beach High School
  • North Myrtle Beach High School
  • Saint James High School
  • Socastee High School

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Carolina Bone & Joint Surgery Center
  • Conway Medical Center
  • Grand Strand Medical Center

Medical Interests

  • Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Instability Repair
  • Knee Arthroscopy 
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Total Knee and Shoulder Replacement
– Robbie S.
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