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     I am forever indebted to my parents for teaching me the value of hardwork at an early age. Both parents had grown up on a farm in North Carolina. They always wanted more for their kids and instilled in us the desire to work hard to achieve our goals. I played basketball throughout my school years in North Carolina. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, that was expected. I had the opportunity to witness some sports injuries treated by local orthopaedic surgeons. While fortunately  none of the injuries were to me, I was fascinated by the ability of those injured to return to sports. I was a "Carolina fan" during my school years but as a senior in high school I had the opportunity to attend the basketball game between Duke and North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke won the game by one point during Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K)'s first year. After witnessing the "Cameron Crazies", I was sold on Duke as my college choice. Duke also afforded me the opportunity to major in Biomedical Engineering, which combined my love of math and medicine. I never dreamed I would have the oppotunity to walk-on as a basketball player under Coach K. The increased work required to play college basketball and maintain my studies in premed and engineering was taken to a new level. I lost 20 lbs in 6 weeks. However, I will never forget the lessons I learned from Coach K during that time. He taught me self discipline, the focused desire to succeed, and the importance of becoming a man that would be respected.

     After Duke, I continued my quest to become an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialization in sports medicine. I was able to attend medical school at the University of North Carolina despite remaining a Duke fan. I sought out the rotations in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Upon obtaining my medical degree, I was awarded a spot in the prestegious orthopaedic residency program at Yale University. I was able to finally do what I had dreamed. While at Yale, I met my wife, Christine, who was working as an ICU nurse. Her support carried me through the long work hours in the hospital.

     Shoulder surgery was just starting to enter the arthroscopic age. Many new discoveries were being made with significant advances in the treatment of shoulder pain. I decided to pursue shoulder surgery as my area of specialty training. I was able to complete a fellowship in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This was (and still is) the top shoulder/sports training program in the country. I was taught the latest techniques in treating shoulder disorders. Upon completion, I entered private practice in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I had the opportunity to join Tidewater Orthopaedics where I became known as "the shoulder guy".  I have worked at Tidewater Orthopaedics for almost 25 years where I have been able to expand my experience in managing shoulder pain. I have three wonderful children in college and enjoy spending my free time with them.




1985         Duke University

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

Durham, NC

Magna Cum Laude


1989         University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Medical Degree

Chapel Hill, NC


Post Graduate Education:

1989-1990        Internship in General Surgery

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT


1990-1994        Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT


1994-1995        Fellowship in Shoulder and Sports Medicine

Hospital for Special Surgery

New York, NY


Licensure and Certification:

1994                 New York Medical License


1995                 Commonwealth of Virginia Medical License


1997                 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Recertified 2006


1996                Member American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


2013                 Connecticut Medical License



1998  Stephens SR, Warren RF, Payne LZ. "Arthroscopic Acromioplasty: 1 6-10 Year Follow-up" Arthroscopy, 14:4:382-8.


1997  Payne LZ, Deng XH, Craig EV, Torzilli PA, Warren RF. "The Combined Dynamic and Static Contributions to Subacromial Impingement: A Biomechanical Analysis" American Journal of Sports Medicine, 25:801-8.


1997  Payne LZ, Altchek DW, Craig EV, Warren RF. "Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Rotator Cuff Tears in Young Athletes" American Journal of Sports Medicine, 25:299-305.


1995  Payne LZ, Warren RF, Altchek DA. " Rehabilitation of Shoulder Instability in the Athlete" Sports Physician Therapy Home Study Course.


1995  Payne LZ, Craig EV. "Arthroscopic Acromioplasty for Stage 2 Impingement" The 6th International Congress on the Shoulder.


1995  Payne LZ, Altchek DA. " The Surgical Treatment of Anterior Shoulder Instability" Clinics in Sports Medicine, 14:863-83.


1994  Payne LZ. "Tears of the Glenoid Labrum" Orthopaedic Review, 23:577-583.


1994  Payne LZ, Wolfe SW. "Interphalangeal Septic Arthritis in a Normal Joint Following a Dental Procedure" The Journal of Hand Surgery, 1-9A:815-6.


1994  Payne LZ, DeLuca PA. "Intertrochanteric versus Subtrochanteric Osteotomy for Severe Femoral Anteversion" Journal Of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 1439-44.


1993  Payne LZ, Jokl P. "The Results of Arthroscopic Debridement of Glenoid Labral Tears Based on Tear Location" Arthroscopy, 9:560-5.


1993  Payne LZ, DeLuca PA. "Heterotopic Ossification after Rhizotomy and Femoral Osteotomy" Journal pf Pediatric Orthopaedics, 14:39-44.


1989  Dahners LE, Gilbert JA, Lester GE, Taft TN, Payne LZ. "The Effect of NSAIDs on the Healing of Ligaments" American Journal of Sports Medicine, 16:641-6.



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