Loel Z. Payne, M.D.

Shoulder & Knee

Dr. Loel Payne has been with Tidewater Orthopaedics in Hampton, VA for over 20 years, having joined the practice in 1995. His approach to treating patients is to provide the most up-to-date specialized care available and the compassion he would want administered to a member of his own family. He specializes in the elbow, knee, and shoulder and is known around the practice as the “shoulder guy.”  

Dr. Payne was born in North Carolina where he played basketball throughout his youth. Through sports, he had the opportunity to witness sports injuries treated by local orthopaedic surgeons; he was fascinated by the ability of those injured to return to sports. Dr. Payne majored in biomedical engineering at Duke University, where he played one semester for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team under Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) before attending medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. For his postgraduate training, Dr. Payne was awarded a spot in the orthopaedic residency program at Yale School of Medicine. Following, he did his fellowship training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, New York. While completing his fellowship, Dr. Payne had the opportunity to work with the New York Mets.

Shoulder and knee doctor, Loel Z. Payne, M.D., sees patients in Hampton, VA as well as Williamsburg, VA.

Nothing makes Dr. Payne happier than seeing a patient who was in restricting pain resume the things they love to do. In his spare time, Dr. Payne loves to spend quality time with his family, which includes a spring break trip every year. He has three wonderful children, currently in college, with his wife Christine, whom he met while studying at Yale University.


  • 1994 – 1995
    The Hospital for Special Surgery
    New York City, NY
    Fellowship in Shoulder Surgery/Sports Medicine
  • 1990 – 1994
    Yale University School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • 1989 – 1990
    Yale University School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT
    Internship in General Surgery
  • 1989 University of North Carolina School of Medicine
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Degree in Medicine
  • 1995 Duke University
    Durham, NC
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

Awards and Achievements

  • 2016
    Voted Top Orthopaedic Surgeon by Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 1995 – Present
    Team Physician for the Newport News Shipyard

  • 1996
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Annual Meeting
    “Arthroscopic Treatment of Partial Rotator Cuff Tear in Young Athletes”
  • 1994 – 1995
    Fellow Team physician for the New York Mets And Marist College New York
  • 1993
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Scientific Program “Heterotopic Ossification Following Rhizotomy and Femoral Oseotomy”

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • Newport News Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
  • CarePlex Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center (COASC)
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Geddy Ambulatory Surgery Center


  • 1998
    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.
  • 1998
    Stephens SR, Warren RF, Payne LZ. “ Arthroscopic Acromioplasty: a 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 EF. “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 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: 815-816.
  • 1994
    Payne LZ, DeLuca PA. “Intertrochanteric Versus Supracondylar Osteotomy for Severe Femoral Antevesion,” Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 14:39-44.
  • 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. “Hetertropic Ossification after Rhizotomy and Femoral Osteotomy,” Journal of Pediatrics, 14:39-44.
Williamsburg Office
4037 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Hampton Office
901 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 900
Hampton, VA 23666

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • 1997 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertified, 2006
  • 1995 Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1994 New York State Medical License