W. Clark Jernigan, M.D.

Dr. Jernigan has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery who specializes in shoulder disorders. He trained in orthopedic surgery at the Greenville Hospital system from 1981 until 1986, passing his orthopedic board examinations on the first attempt. With 30 years of experience, he has performed thousands of operations with a very high success rate.

Prior to confining his practice to treating disorders of the shoulder, Dr. Jernigan took care of the full range of orthopedic disorders, performing total knee replacements, total hip replacements, spine operations—including spine fusions—joint reconstructions, and fracture surgery. He was a member of the orthopedic trauma team at the Greenville Hospital system in the first few years of its program as a level I trauma center and spent 10 years on staff at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. He has served patients in Vietnam (with REI) and in Cange, Haiti (with Partners in Health).

Born in Greenwood, SC, Dr. Jernigan spent most of his upbringing in Atlanta, GA. He is married to Celia Thomas, MD, also from Georgia and a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician who has practiced for over 31 years. They attend Redeemer Episcopal Church and have four children: Cameron, a physician too, doing a residency in Emergency Medicine in Erie, Pa., Clark Elliott, a CPA with Ernst and Young in Washington DC, Katherine, who recently returned to western North Carolina after living in India, and Riley, a junior in materials sciences engineering at Virginia Tech University.

He is grateful to have been able to spend time learning from excellent clinicians in his field and to be involved in such rewarding work. When Dr. Jernigan isn’t seeing patients, you can find him in the sky—in an aircraft he built! Dr. Jernigan is a private pilot with 3000+ hours of flight time. He and his son are currently working on building their second airplane, a Zenith 750.

Danielle Parrish

Danielle graduated with an associates degree in medical science, majoring in medical assisting. She is also a Registered Orthopedic Technologist. She has worked with Dr. Jernigan since 2013 and has the proper certification and skill sets to assist him with various aspects of patient care.

“Dr. Jernigan has taught me the importance of quality health care and what that includes,” Danielle says. “I will be alongside Dr. Jernigan when you see him in the office and will be your contact if you have any complications, need to schedule a procedure, or have further questions for Dr. Jernigan. I am honored to help guide you through your recovery from beginning to end.”

It’s your health. Be informed.

We believe in the value of patients taking an active and well-informed role in making decisions about their health. That is why we are committed to being as transparent as possible with the information—and advice—our patients need to feel comfortable about their course of treatment.

Part of our commitment to transparency means being up front and honest about Dr. Jernigan’s surgical success and complication rates.

These numbers will be updated quarterly.

Total Surgeries Performed
Surgeries Performed in 2015*
  • 0 resulting in infection
  • 0 resulting in unplanned hospital admittance
  • 0 resulting in nerve complication
  • 5 resulting in a secondary operation

View a full report of Dr. Jernigan’s surgery outcomes and complications by clicking here.

Associated chart ends January of 2015, due to his absence from surgery.

*Dr. Jernigan did not operate for most of the first half of 2015 because he was a patient himself. He had surgery for a broken ankle.

Where do we practice?

Jernigan Shoulder Relief now practices out of the Foothills Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center. To make an appointment with Dr. Jernigan, please call (864) 295-1231 or book online at foothills-ortho.com.

3150 Highway 153
Piedmont, SC 29673

(864) 740-5301


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