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W. Dickson Schaefer, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon | Joint Replacements, Joint Reconstruction, Hip, Knee

Dr. W. Dickson Schaefer practices general orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in joint reconstruction. A native of Fayetteville, he completed his training and residency at Wake Forest University. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Schaefer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Schaefer joined Fayetteville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in August of 2001. He has a special interest in trauma surgery and reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee. He has received additional training in unicompartmental arthroplasty of the knee and has extensive experience in partial knee replacement. In fact, he performed the first partial knee replacement surgery in this region. His volume of partial knee replacements is one of the highest in eastern North Carolina performing approximately 100 per year.

Performing approximately 400 joint replacements a year, he is one of the highest volume joint reconstruction surgeons in the area.

Dr. Schaefer has served in the United States Army Reserve since his commissioning in 1996. He holds the rank of Colonel. Twice deployed to Germany in support of operations in the Middle East, he has also served in a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq.

Dr. Schaefer formerly served on Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Valley Medical System and Bladen County Hospital. He is also former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fayetteville Academy and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Methodist University.


  • Medical School:Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC
  • Residency:Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC
  • Fellowship:Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC

Christopher J. Barnes, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon | Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, ACL, Knee

Dr. Christopher Barnes joined Fayetteville Othopaedics in 2003 after completing his residency training at Duke University and a year of fellowship training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine in Los Angeles, California. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Barnes specializes in sports medicine, with unique expertise in shoulder arthroscopy, including repair of torn rotator cuffs and arthroscopic instability correction. His other special interests include knee arthroscopy, knee ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and sports-related injuries.

After entering private practice in 2003, Dr. Barnes performed the first arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in the Cape Fear Region. He has served as team physician for Methodist University and numerous area high school athletic teams since joining Fayetteville Orthopaedics.

Sports medicine, shoulder arthroscopy, and knee reconstruction remain the mainstay of Dr. Barnes’ practice. He has performed over 3,000 shoulder arthroscopies and 500 knee ACL reconstructions in Fayetteville.


  • Medical School:The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Internship:Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Residency:Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Fellowship:Shoulder surgery & Sports Medicine, Southern California Orthopaedic Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Daniel E. McBrayer, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon | ACL, Hip Scope / Labral Repair, Shoulder Replacement, Rotator Cuff, Mensical Repair

Dr. Dan McBrayer joined Fayetteville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2008 after completing a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at the Hughston Orthopaedics Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. During his fellowship, Dr. McBrayer concentrated his training on arthroscopic reconstruction of the hip, shoulder, and knee.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. McBrayer focused his private practice in sports medicine, with particular emphasis on ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, hip and labral arthroscopy repair, and rotator cuff repairs. He also performs complex reconstructions and replacements of the shoulder. He performed the first reverse total shoulder in the Cape Fear region. He also serves as the team physician for the Fayetteville State Broncos as well as covering various area high school athletic teams.

Dr. McBrayer was selected by his peers and currently serves as the Chief of Orthopaedics at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. He is a former member of the Medical Executive Committee for the hospital system and he is a current member of the credentialing committee.

Dr. McBrayer is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in chemistry and psychology. After finishing medical school in Georgia, he returned to North Carolina for his residency at Duke University.

Outside of medicine, Dr. McBrayer is a yoga enthusiast, an amateur gardener and he cherishes time with his family. He and his wife have been married for over 20 years and have four busy and energetic children.


  • Medical School:Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Internship:Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Residency:Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Fellowship:Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic, Columbus, GA

Deren Bagsby, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon | Advanced Joint Replacement, Hip, Knee

Dr. Deren Bagsby specializes in Advanced Joint Replacement for Fayetteville Orthopedics. Since starting practice in North Carolina in 2019, Dr. Bagsby has completed over 500-plus primary and total joint revisions. He performs all of his hip replacements through the revolutionary direct anterior approach. This approach utilizes an incision on the front of the hip that allows the joint to be replaced without detaching any tendons, thereby reducing recovery time, improving functional outcomes, and enhancing patient satisfaction.

Dr. Bagsby also performs partial knee replacement, which, in selected patients, can result in better functionality, fewer complications and a higher patient satisfaction rating. Dr. Bagsby has revised numerous hip and knee replacements for varying causes, including pain, infection, loosening, and instability.

A native of Cincinnati, Dr. Bagsby completed his medical school training at Indiana University, where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. During his residency, he trained in multiple aspects of orthopedic surgery with an interest in fracture care and total joint replacement.

While Dr. Bagsby has worked extensively in the Midwest, he is now happy to call North Carolina his home. His wife, Dr. Elizabeth Bagsby, works for East Carolina Pain Consultants in Goldsboro and Wilson. Outside of work, he enjoys the outdoors and is an avid weightlifter, runner, and cyclist.


  • Medical School:Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency:Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship:Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky

Michael E. Dilello, PA-C, ATC-L

Physician Assistant, Sports Medicine | Fractures, Dislocations, Strains, Sprains, Spinal Conditions

Michael Dilello graduated from Alderson Broaddus College, in Philippi, West Virginia, with a double major in Medical Science and Sports Medicine. In addition, Michael held his certification and licensure in athletic training for the majority of his career while practicing as a Physician Assistant.

Michael has over 30 years of experience working in orthopaedic medicine, working with excellent surgeons in Charlotte, Wilmington and currently teamed with Fayetteville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Michael’s expertise includes an entire spectrum of acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions of both upper and lower extremities, including fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains, as well as spinal conditions; sports and work-related.

He has assisted in the care of many athletes from the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Knights triple-A team, and many college and Universities, including UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Michael also works with local area high schools in their athletic sports care.

Michael sees patients of all ages for a wide array of orthopaedic problems. He is in the office 5 days a week to assist with the care of the community.


  • Alderson Broaddus College, in Philippi, West Virginia, with a double major in Medical Science and Sports Medicine